Responsible Investment Approach

November 25 2017

 Accumulation Fund

Our mission is to help our members have make or have made an essential contribution to the community achieve their superannuation and retirement goals.  We acknowledge that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have the potential to affect the financial performance of our investments and accordingly we observe the principles of responsible investing to integrate the consideration of these factors with our investment process.

Some examples of ESG issues which may impact investments includes:

Environmental Social Governance
Climate change Management of labour relations Company board composition
Pollution Workplace health and safety Executive remuneration
Sustainable real estate Supply chain management Proxy voting
Cleantech energy Workplace diversity Conflicts of interest

ESSSuper’s responsible investment approach seeks to systematically integrate the analysis of ESG risks and opportunities through its broader investment processes such as investment decision-making and investment monitoring.  We also seek to maximise alignment with the companies we invest in by voting on company resolutions and promote responsible investment through collaboration on responsible investment initiatives with our peers and industry bodies.  ESSSuper is a signatory to the UN’s PRI initiative, the Investor Group for Climate Change and CDP (previously known as the Carbon Disclosure Project). 

We also strive to provide transparency on our responsible investment activities through our communications to our members, primarily through our website content and relevant publications.  ESSSuper’s Responsible Investment Policy can be found here (PDF 58.7KB).