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 Fossil Fuel Investments

Australia has one of the most carbon intensive economies among developed countries, and domestic superannuation funds are large owners of fossil fuel companies. Australian investors need to engage on climate resilience, capital spending and transition strategies for the energy system, in order to actively manage climate change related risk to their portfolios and protect the long-term value of their investments. 

This report addresses the question of how best to approach climate change challenges for superannuation investments and the tools investors have for addressing climate related issues and how these tools can best be applied.

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 board comp NED Pay 2015 report cover

This is ACSI’s 14th study into the composition of S&P/ASX100 (ASX100) company boards, and the fourth year that the study has been extended to cover all of the S&P/ASX200 (ASX200). The research maps changes in Australia’s largest boardrooms including data on director roles, gender, director fees tenure, age and for the second year also includes an analysis of directors’ shareholdings - their ‘skin in the game’.

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 CEO Pay 2014 cover

This is ACSI’s 14th study of CEO pay in the S&P/ASX100 (ASX100), and the fourth year that ACSI has extended the study to encompass all of the S&P/ASX200 (ASX200). This study is the first to include Realised pay for all CEOs in the sample, providing a picture of the actual value received by those executives through their remuneration.   

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WHS report cover

Corporate Risks and Opportunities for Financials, Mining and Utilities Companies in the S&P/ASX200....

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sustainability report cover 2015

ACSI’s sustainability research, now in its eighth year with this 2015 report, assesses the level of sustainability reporting among ASX200 companies - with the goal of promoting continuous improvement in reporting standards and practices across the market.

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 board comp  NED Pay 2013 report cover

This study provides an overview of the composition of S&P/ASX 100 and S&P/ASX 101–200 company boards, including director roles, independence, gender, remuneration, tenure, and age.

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 CEO Pay 2013 report cover

The results of this year’s survey of CEO Pay among the S&P/ASX 200 cohort of Chief Executive Officers. Our findings demonstrate how continued investor scrutiny, and increased vigilance by company boards themselves, is resulting in significant positive impacts for shareholders.

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sustainability report cover 2014

ACSI’s sustainability research, now in its seventh year with this 2014 report, assesses the level of sustainability reporting among ASX200 companies - with the goal of promoting continuous improvement in reporting standards and practices across the market.

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 Underwriting of rights issues report cover

This study analyses 63 underwritten rights issues conducted by S&P/ASX300 member companies between 2010 and 2012 and compares the amount they paid for underwriting against a benchmarkvalue.

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 board comp  NED Pay 2012 report cover

This study provides an overview of the composition of S&P/ASX 100 and S&P/ASX 101–200 company boards, including director roles, independence, gender, remuneration, tenure, and age.

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 CEO Pay 2012 report cover

The 2012 CEO Pay study again includes the pay of CEOs of all companies in the S&P/ASX 200. Throughout the report ACSI has divided the S&P/ASX200 into the ‘Top 100’ and ‘ASX 101-200’ (this second group includes all S&P/ASX200 ex S&P/ASX100 companies).

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Board Confidence Survey report cover 

A report on institutional investor confidence in boards of S&P/ASX 100 companies.                                                                                                     


LHR in Supply Chain Sourcing cover 

This paper provides insight into the sourcing trends and risk management disclosure levels of Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary companies in the S&P/ASX200.

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sustainability report cover 2013

This is the sixth in a series of research papers considering the sustainability reporting practices of listed Australian companies. The first report, produced in June 2008, examined the sustainability reporting practices of ASX100 companies. The research was expanded to cover the ASX200 in 2009, and this year’s research again covers this index.

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Institutional Proxy Voting in Australia report cover

The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) is very pleased to introduce Institutional Proxy Voting in Australia – a research report examining the inner workings, idiosyncrasies and anomalies of Australia’s proxy voting process for institutional investors.

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 board comp  NED Pay 2011 report cover

This year’s research shows a major improvement in gender diversity on Top 200 boards. In 2011, ACSI has seen the largest rise in female board representation in the Top 100 over the past 11 years, but there is clearly a very long way to go.

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 CEO Pay 2011 report cover

The study covers a sample of all CEO’s of S&P/ASX200 companies as at 30 June 2011, with financial years ending in 2011 (so from 31 March to 31 December 2011). The 2011 ACSI CEO Pay study is the first year the study has been extended to include CEOs of all S&P/ASX200 companies and not just those in the S&P/ASX100.

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sustainability report cover 2012

This report benchmarks the sustainability reporting practices of the ASX200 companies as at 31 March 2012. The study considers sustainability reporting for company reporting periods ended during the 2011 calendar year. The report is the fifth in a series and follows ACSI’s review of the sustainability reporting practices of the ASX100, released in June 2008 and the ASX200, released in June 2009, July 2010 and July 2011.

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labour and human rights report cover

This report reviews the current state of labour and human rights policies among large listed Australian companies. It quantifies the proportion of companies with relevant publicly disclosed policies, their alignment with global labour and human rights conventions, and the breadth of application of these policies across company operations. Companies that ignore their responsibilities to uphold labour and human rights standards are subject to a range of operational, legal and reputational risks that can impact costs, revenues and profitability, and ultimately affect returns to investors.

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PRI Benchmarking report cover 2012

The purpose of this paper is to analyse and interpret the results given for each Principle to assist ACSI’s PRI signatory members to assess their own results relative to the performance of other asset owners and encourage progress on implementation of the Principles.

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supply chain report cover

This research report benchmarks companies listed on the S&P/ASX 200 according to the labour and human rights (LHR) policies that they have established for their global supply chains. These benchmarks are designed to help investors compare how Australian companies manage LHR risk in light of policies common in other markets. 

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anti corruption report cover

ACSI has commissioned this report through CAER - Corporate Analysis. Enhanced Responsibility. (CAER) to examine the current state of anti-corruption and bribery practices in Australia, with a focus on the ASX 200. It provides insight into the extent of exposure to corruption and bribery risk inherent in leading Australian companies and highlights the trends and gaps in current risk mitigation strategies.

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 esg reporting guide cover

The Financial Services Council (FSC) and ACSI has published a ESG Reporting Guide for Australian Companies to identify and report their ESG risks. The Guide outlines the essential information and data that investors (such as fund managers and superannuation funds) require to accurately price, analyse and manage ESG risks. Bringing together the relevant requirements from a range of world-class reporting standards, the Guide outlines what ESG information should be disclosed, how it should be reported and why it is necessary to investors.

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board effectiveness and performance report cover

This research aims to capture the state of play of board and director evaluation processes both internationally and in Australia. This report provides a survey of processes of company board evaluation and explores their value in improving board performance. The survey examines the policy and practices of international corporations and a selection of Australian companies in the large listed sector.

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esg integration report cover

The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and the Investment and Financial Services Association (IFSA) engaged Mercer to conduct this study to assess the extent to which Australian managers pursue ESG practices when investing in Australian equities.

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public companies being taken private report cover

This research has been commissioned by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) to assess the range of issues that flow from a trend toward public companies being privatised. The paper reviews existing academic literature, analyses recent Australian and international case studies, and applies finance theory to the specific questions raised when public companies are subject to bids intended to take them into private ownership.

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war for talent report cover

The study reviews executive appointments and departures at 50 of the largest ASX listed companies between the end of their 2003 and 2007 financial years. It identifies 230 confirmed departures by senior executives from the sample group between 2003 and 2007, and 333 confirmed appointments. Additional research was done to identify the reasons why executives left the sample companies, and from where newly appointed executives were recruited.

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