Australian Council of Superannuation Investors

Policy and Regulation

Sustainable investors on the “right side of history”

World leaders have called for sustainability reporting by companies to become normal practice and for such metrics to be used by investors. The UN Sustainable Development Summit at UN headquarters in New York has created global goals for stock exchanges, investors and companies. The launch was celebrated with a special closing bell ceremony at the […]
Hedge Funds

The metamorphosis of passive managers

Industry funds, with their ideology and history of affecting change due to profit-for-member motives, have been instrumental in driving transformation over the past decade, pressuring passive fund managers to vote their stock in companies. Investment Magazine examines how this is changing the skill set of passive managers and if this will impact on costs. Increasing pressure […]
Hedge Funds

Super funds’ priorities reshaping passive managers

The sheer weight of assets held by passive managers is dramatically increasing their power to engage with companies on issues of corporate governance and ESG. Investment Magazine investigates the mixed messages coming out of the three biggest passive managers as they attempt to meet engagement expectations from institutional investors. Two trends are causing institutional investors to ask more from passive management, fuelling a change […]
Hedge Funds

Mental health illness affects superannuation investments

There is a clear business case to tackle mental health illness in superannuation as it impacts on the funds themselves through their employees, the members and the companies funds invest in, a panel of business leaders said. Sam Mostyn, non-executive director of Virgin Australia, Transurban Group, Citibank Australia and Mirvac Group, said that a company’s […]
Hedge Funds

ACSI: Australian companies, probably the best governed in the world

The standard of governance among listed Australian companies leads the world, states the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors’ (ACSI), after it unveiled progress on checking excessive pay. ACSI’s annual survey on chief executive pay shows median termination payments at Australia’s largest listed companies have shrunk from $3.5 million in 2008 to $1.3 million in 2013. […]
CIO profiles

Profile: Craig Turnbull CIO Local Government Super

Some of Local Government Super’s ideas on ESG arise from a requirement that even its most red-blooded active manager must research it as part of their investment process. Chief investment officer, Craig Turnbull, says: “We will only use managers that think about ESG factors when making their investment decisions, so that it is making a […]
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