Our research is the foundation for all our work. We produce high quality research on material ESG issues important to our members.
Our engagement with companies are informed by evidence-based analysis and research. We produce extensive research on ESG issues, providing our members with detailed insights into material investment issues, market practices and ASX300 companies.
Our research also supports our advocacy work and underpins our voting advice to members.
Research is just one aspect of how we support our members in exercising their ownership rights.
Our research priorities
Our research includes long-running annual projects including our CEO Pay in ASX200 Companies report, which has been tracking CEO remuneration for 18 years, calculating and investigating realised pay (including cash and the value of equity vested during the year).
Our 2019 ESG reporting by the ASX200 was the twelfth year that we assessed ESG reporting by the ASX200. When the project first began, few listed companies were providing information about ESG practice and performance. This information is material to investors and while there has been significant improvement in reporting across the market, gaps remain. Our reporting tracks progress and highlights the issues.
We also conduct research into key ESG issues important to long-term investors including Codes of Conduct (2018), Whistleblowing and Corporate Culture (2018) and Shareholder Resolutions in Australia (2017).
What do we do with our research?
Each year ACSI members determine our engagement priorities. Our research program supports this work by providing a foundation for engagement and options for improvements.
Modern slavery: a case study
In 2019, we released research on modern slavery, which provides information to increase the Australian business community’s understanding of modern slavery risk in their operations and supply chains, and assists business to prepare to meet the disclosure requirements under Australia’s Modern Slavery Act.
How is it used in our engagement?
We use this research to identify and engage with companies at high risk of modern slavery. We also worked with members to identify modern slavery risks in their portfolios.
How is it used in advocacy?
From early on, we advocated for Australia’s first Modern Slavery Act. Once it was adopted, we continued to advocate and promote the issue publicly at events and through media. In collaboration with RIAA, we developed a best-practice guide on the reporting under the Modern Slavery Act.