Who we are

Established in 2001, ACSI exists to provide a strong, collective voice on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues on behalf of our members. Our members include 37 Australian and international asset owners and institutional investors. Collectively, they manage over $1.6 trillion in assets and own on average 10% of every ASX200 company.

Our members believe that ESG risks and opportunities have a material impact on investment outcomes. As fiduciary investors, they have a responsibility to act to enhance the long-term value of the savings entrusted to them. Through ACSI, our members collaborate to achieve genuine, measurable and permanent improvements in the ESG practices and performance of the companies they invest in.

ACSI staff undertake a year round program of research, engagement, advocacy and voting advice. These activities provide a solid basis for our members to exercise their ownership rights. 

 

What is ESG?

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.