Skye King of NGS Super wins Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award

CareSuper and ACSI have announced Skye King from NGS Super as the winner of the 2020 Michael O’Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award.

The Award looks to recognise emerging leaders in the ESG field and encourage their development within the sector.

Established by ACSI and CareSuper in memory of Michael O’Sullivan, the award provides funding from CareSuper to attend either the PRI In Person or ICGN Conference.

Skye King is the Manager, Investment Governance and Legal for NGS Super and was chosen from a competitive field of nominees.

“The risk/return equation for Australian superannuation funds is increasingly dependent on the successful navigation of the social and economic tensions associated with ESG factors.” Said CareSuper Director and award Judge, Michelle Gardiner.

“The quality of this year’s award nominees underscores the depth of knowledge and determination amongst our industry’s emerging ESG professionals. Although Skye in her current role has a mandate that extends beyond ESG, her achievements in integrating ESG at NGS Super and her collaborative efforts and leadership within the broader industry, have combined with Skye’s clearly articulated vision to make her this year’s Rising Star”. She said.

The award looks at the next generation of ESG advocates in the superannuation industry who incorporate ESG principles in their day to day work.

Skye’s commitment towards ESG integration and providing a strong voice for the advancement of ESG principles within both her workplace and the broader sector made her an outstanding candidate amongst an incredibly strong group of nominees.

ACSI CEO Louise Davidson said “Michael was a great supporter and mentor to many in the industry, especially young people coming up through the ranks. He had a particular passion for ESG and he would be delighted to see the calibre of the applicants for this year’s award.“

Michael O’Sullivan was the founding president of ACSI and a former Chair and Deputy Chair of CareSuper. He was well known and highly respected in the superannuation industry and is regarded as a pioneer in the responsible investment movement in Australia and globally. Michael passed away in 2012.

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About ACSI

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% 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.

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