A comment from our CEO, David Atkin
"We seek to better understand the significant environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that are relevant to our investment portfolio and other activities. We believe that doing this will enable us to more thoroughly prepare for managing risks and opportunities that arise from these ESG issues, ultimately delivering better outcomes to our members, our staff and the wider community.
"As an early signatory to the Principles of Responsible Investment, Cbus incorporates ESG considerations into its investment decision-making and ownership practices. We actively encourage the companies we invest in to manage their businesses sustainably, and we are proud of being part of a wider movement towards developing a more sustainable global financial system.
"We apply the ESG lens to how we invest in companies; however Cbus also benefits by taking ESG issues into account for our broader activities.
"Cbus reports on sustainability using the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 Framework. This Framework is widely used around the world, to enable greater organisational transparency. The Framework sets out the Principles and Standard Disclosures organisations can use to report their economic, environmental, and social performance and impacts. It places materiality at the heart of sustainability reporting, enabling sustainability disclosures that are more strategically focused."
- Cbus Annual Report 2014-15 (PDF)
- Cbus’s sustainability disclosures (PDF)
- Cbus GRI G4 Reporting Index (PDF)
- Cbus GRI G4 Additional Information (PDF)
- Cbus Trustee office environmental sustainability (PDF)
For more information about the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) G4 Framework, visit the GRI website.
How Cbus puts ESG into action
Our approach to ESG better prepares us to manage investment risks and opportunities. How we implement ESG is detailed in our ESG Policy. This Policy also describes how we engage with companies and our approach to voting at company meetings.
Voting at company meetings (corporate governance)
As shareholders, we have an obligation to ensure that the companies we invest in are directed and controlled in an appropriate way.
As part of our ownership responsibilities, Cbus actively votes on the shares it holds in Australia and internationally in listed companies at annual general meetings.
Review of voting
|FY 2015/16||FY 2014/15||Description|
|Cbus proxy voting half year review (PDF)||Cbus proxy voting full year review (PDF)||
The review provides more detailed analysis of Cbus' proxy voting over the specified time period for listed Australian and international shares. This includes:
Record of voting
|FY 2015/16||FY 2014/15||Description|
|Cbus Australian and international proxy voting July 2015 - June 2016 summary (PDF)||Cbus Australian and international proxy voting full year summary (PDF)||The number of companies and resolutions Cbus voted on over the specified time period.|
|Cbus Australian proxy voting July 2015 - June 2016 listing (PDF)||Cbus Australian proxy voting full year listing (PDF)||A listing of all company resolutions voted by Cbus over the specified time period.|
|Cbus international proxy voting July 2015 - June 2016 listing (PDF)||Cbus international proxy voting full year listing (PDF)||A listing of all the company resolutions Cbus voted against over the specified time period.|
|Cbus full year proxy voting details 2015/16 (XLS)||A listing of all the company resolutions that Cbus voted on in the 2015/16 financial year.|
Cbus participates in a number of initiatives in collaboration with other funds to encourage the integration of environmental, social and governance practices in investment decision-making.
The United Nations Principals for Responsible Investment
Cbus is a signatory to the United Nations supported Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI).
The principles were developed to provide a framework for the investment community to achieve better long-term returns and more sustainable markets by considering environmental, social and governance issues in their investment decision-making.
Cbus is required to report annually on our ESG activities to the PRI.
For the 2014-15 year Cbus achieved results above the median across all areas of ESG.
Visit the Principals for Responsible Investment website.
GLOBAL STATEMENT ON INVESTOR OBLIGATIONS AND DUTIES
Cbus Super was the first Australian investor to sign the Global Statement on Investor Obligations and Duties which calls on international, supranational and national policymakers to clarify and give effect to ESG obligations for investors.
The statement, launched in Paris on the 28th June 2016, arises from the work of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and The Generation Foundation’s three year project to clarify investors’ obligations which found that; “Failing to consider long-term investment value drivers, which include ESG issues, in investment practice is a failure of fiduciary duty”.
See the Media Release for further details.
Australian Council of Superannuation Investors
Cbus is a founding member of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), Australia’s peak corporate governance body for institutional investors.
ACSI provides independent research and advice to superannuation funds on the environmental, social and corporate governance risk of companies in which they invest.
Cbus Executive Manager, Investment Management, Trish Donohue, is a Board member of ACSI.
Visit the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors website.
Investor Group on Climate Change
Cbus is a member and is also on the executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC).
The Investor Group on Climate Change aims to ensure that the risks and opportunities associated with climate change are incorporated into investment decisions for the benefit of members.
The IGCC aims to encourage government policies and investment practices that address the risks of climate change. The group aims to influence climate change policy by participating in forums and making submissions to government organisations, for example, in relation to emissions trading.
IGCC endeavours to shape government policies to provide companies with an incentive to reduce their carbon footprint.
Visit the Investor Group on Climate Change website.
ESG Research Australia
Cbus is a member of ESG Research Australia.
This organisation aims to increase the amount of research that brokers and financial analysts undertake to assess the ways environmental, social and governance issues impact on the companies we invest in.
Visit ESG Research Australia website.
How Cbus addresses climate change
Cbus recognises climate change as an important issue and as such, we consider the impact on the environment in our investment process. Cbus addresses the risks and opportunities associated with climate change in a number of ways.
- We encourage our active external fund managers and the listed companies in which we invest to incorporate and consider climate change risk and opportunities in their investment processes.
- We also actively participate in various climate change surveys and studies in order to share information about climate change investment best practice.
- Through our membership with climate change organisations, which contribute to the public policy discussions.