Who we are
The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) is a collaboration of Australian and international asset owners, bound together by their common interests as long-term investors in the capital markets.
ACSI has 29 Australian members, including profit-to-member superannuation funds and asset managers who manage money for the profit-to-members sector. They collectively manage over $450 billion in assets on behalf of over eight million Australian superannuation fund members and retirees.
We also have six international members who are among the largest and most respected asset owners globally in terms of their approach to corporate governance. Together, our members have funds under management in the order of $1.5 trillion.
The focus of our research, policy and representation is environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment risks and opportunities.
Our vision is to achieve genuine, measurable and permanent improvements in the ESG performance of entities in which our members invest, and in the ESG practices of our members and their investment advisers and managers.
Our mission is to enhance sustainable long-term value for the retirement savings entrusted to our members as fiduciary institutional investors.
Since our creation in 2001, when Australia’s largest profit-for-members super funds united to mutualise the cost of corporate governance research, ACSI has provided a strong, collective voice to major listed companies on governance issues.
Investors can help protect and manage their investments for the long-term through the consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks in their investment decision-making processes. As large institutional investors, ACSI's member funds hold widely diversified and long-term portfolios that span all sectors of the economy. Those portfolios are therefore inevitably exposed to material risks and costs arising in all major listed asset markets and sectors.
Our members can minimise their exposure to these risks and costs by positively influencing the way business is conducted. Moreover, addressing material ESG risks is a fundamental part of our members' fiduciary responsibility to advance the long-term economic well-being of their beneficiaries.