Research reports

Our research is the foundation of ACSI’s work. We produce high-quality, evidence-based research on material ESG issues important to long-term investors.

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Chasing 1.5°C, The ASX200 – on the right trajectory?

Are the net zero ambitions of Australia’s listed companies matched by emissions reductions targets and aligned to a 1.5°C? Growing ambitions are encouraging, but this analysis identifies just how much more work must be done.

Promises, pathways & performance – climate change disclosure in the ASX200

Australia’s listed companies are rapidly increasing their commitments towards a low-carbon economy, with 70% of ASX200 market capitalisation now covered by net zero commitments -but investors need more detail to be confident in their long-term planning.
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CEO pay in ASX200 companies

ACSI’s 21st annual CEO Pay in ASX200 companies research shows that while Australian boards responded to the market turmoil and community impact of COVID with appropriately reduced CEO pay outcomes in 2020, the pendulum swung markedly the other way in FY21.

ESG reporting trends in the ASX200

The majority of ASX200 companies are now disclosing detailed information on their ESG risks and plans to manage them, the 15th iteration of ACSI’s ESG reporting trends in the ASX200 shows. 
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Company Engagement with First Nations People

Through extensive consultation between investors and First Nations peoples, companies and community groups, ACSI conducted research to help investors and companies identify good practice in engagement, risk management and disclosure. The report identifies elements that support good-faith constructive engagement.
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Biodiversity: unlocking natural capital value for investors

Biodiversity loss is an emerging ESG issue, with Australian investors seeking to understand how to manage and address the financial risks to businesses they invest in. This report provides the foundation for Australian investors to understand the scale of the issue and the types of financial risks affecting companies across different sectors of the economy.
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