Cbus will show director and executive pay, individual stock holdings in top-20 companies and administration costs amid other business details in future annual reports and on its website.

The $17-billion industry fund for building and construction workers announced on Friday that it would disclose the following business details in annual reports from this September onwards:

  • ŸRemuneration of individual directors and executives
  • ŸResults of an independent review of board performance
  • ŸFurther details about director qualifications and attendance at board meetings
  • ŸStock holdings among the largest 20 Australian and international companies and currency hedging of all investment options
  • ŸInvestments made by internal investment unit, Cbus Property, and how much it pays directors
  • ŸTotal funding commitments to the new Spright platform being developed by Superpartners, its outsourced member administrator. Such funding has reportedly been recorded as an equity investment rather than an expense, according to a 4 January report in the Australian Financial Review.
  • ŸRegulatory reforms and how the fund will manage them
  • ŸFund governance policies

Cbus’ commitment is aligned with governance reforms expressed in the Australian Government’s Stronger Super draft legislation, which also aims to overhaul the structure of default funds and super-contributions processing.

Simon Mumme became a fnancial journalist through a stroke of luck. Upon graduating with a Master of Journalism from The University of Queensland in 2006, he set out to fnd a news organisation that would employ him as an overseas correspondent or business reporter. Or both, ideally. Conexus Financial hired the bright-eyed cadet, and in the ensuing years he wrote for all of its titles until being appointed editor of Investment Magazine in June 2010. Under his guidance, the magazine continues to dominate the Australian institutional investment media through its authoritative, insightful and engaging feature stories and analysis. Outside of work, Simon trains keenly in Muay Thai kickboxing, revels in the surf breaks fringing the Sydney coastline and reads as much high-quality journalism and non-fiction writing as he can. Committed to his role as a niche business reporter, Simon is aware that an overseas posting as a correspondent still eludes him. He hopes Conexus can help him with that career goal too.
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