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Who was Michael O'Sullivan?

Michael O’Sullivan was the founding president of ACSI and former chair of CareSuper. He was well known and highly respected in the superannuation industry and is regarded as a pioneer in the responsible investment movement in Australia and globally.


The Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award was established to commemorate Michael’s legacy in the superannuation sector and, in particular, the incorporation of ESG principles in the risk management of long-term investing. The award aims to develop the next generation of ESG advocates and professionals within the profit to members superannuation sector.


The Award is open to professionals aged 40 and under (at 31 March 2018) who are employed by an Australian ACSI member superannuation fund. Information about ACSI members can be accessed here. The winner must be committed to the advancement of the consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance issues in managing retirement savings.


Nominations for the 2018 Award have now closed.


The winner of the Award will receive funding to attend a PRI in Person Annual Conference or ICGN Annual Conference following the ACSI Award presentation. Funding includes accommodation, conference registration and economy airfares to a maximum of AUD$10,000.


The winner will be presented with the Award in front of over 250 industry peers at the ACSI Annual Conference on Thursday 17 May at The Westin Hotel, Sydney.

More about Michael

Michael O’Sullivan was ACSI President from its foundation in 2001 until 2011, Chair of CareSuper for three separate two-year terms, and Deputy Chair in the intervening years. He passed away in 2012. Michael made a significant contribution to the advancement of corporate governance practices and representation of the ownership rights and responsibilities of Australian superannuation fund members. He was a pioneer in establishing a productive governance dialogue between companies and institutional investors in Australia, and a focal point for collaboration and action across diverse interests in the superannuation sector.

A passionate advocate, Michael called for all investors to confront the great moral and investment challenges of our times, in particular those associated with global climate change. His influence and legacy extend far beyond Australia: his long tenure as a director of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), tireless promotion of the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and active participation in the global P8 Group all left a profound mark on sustainable investment thinking and action at a global level.

Additional information

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