ABOUT US


 

Who we are
Our vision
Our mission
Our beliefs
What is ESG


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 39 Australian and international asset owners and institutional investors. Collectively, they manage over $2.2 trillion in assets and own on average 10 per cent 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. 

Our vision

ACSI drives strong ESG performance in companies in which our members invest because ESG creates long-term value.

Our mission

We use our collective impact to influence companies and financial markets in the interests of our members as long-term investors.

Our beliefs

Commitment to these beliefs is a pre-requisite for membership of ACSI.

ESG performance is financially material

 

Ownership rights have an economic value

 

Markets do not always operate in the interest of long-term investors

ESG investment risks and opportunities are financially material for long-term oriented investors. However, the short-term outlook of many participants in the investment system means that today’s market prices do not always capture all these risks and opportunities.

 

The formal and informal ownership rights that accrue to investors have genuine economic value, and their exercise can materially improve investment outcomes. Long-term investors therefore have a responsibility to exercise these ownership rights judiciously as part of their stewardship of assets on their beneficiaries’ behalves.

 

The rules that govern investment markets and the conduct of individual companies do not always operate in the best interests of long-term fiduciary asset owners and their beneficiaries. There is therefore an opportunity and a responsibility for fiduciary investors to engage with policymakers to better align the operation of the financial system with the interest of the beneficiaries.

 

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 members hold widely diversified and long-term portfolios that span all sectors of the economy.  These portfolios are 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.