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AustralianSuper

PRI reporting framework 2017

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Engagement

Overview

LEA 01. Description of approach to engagement

New selection options have been added to this indicator. Please review your prefilled responses carefully.

01.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal engagement policy.

01.2. Indicate what your engagement policy covers:

          Structure of engagement program (types of engagements) and who carries out engagement
        

01.3. Attach or provide a URL to your engagement policy. [Optional]

01.4. Provide a brief overview of your organization’s approach to engagement

AustralianSuper engages individually and collaboratively through ACSI.

AustralianSuper's individual engagement with companies focuses on companies in which we are already invested and is structured around three main types of engagement:

Ongoing relationship building: Generic topics of discussion with the companies are expected to revolve around business strategy, remuneration and governance issues often related to the Board. In addition, this form of engagement will our voting activity

Themes based engagement: This form of engagement may be informed by previous voting decisions or may be requested by the AustralianSuper Board as a priority thematic engagement topic.

Ad hoc specific issues engagement: For example for important resolutions for which the Fund votes "Against" should be typically preceded by engagement where possible.

Engagement through ACSI focuses on all Australian companies and it not necessarily restricted to companies in which we are invested (see their policy attached)

 

01.5. Additional information [optional]


LEA 02. Reasoning for interaction on ESG issues

02.1. Indicate the method of engagement, giving reasons for the interaction.

Type of engagement

Reason for interaction

Individual/Internal staff engagements

          Visibility for us as a large shareholder
        

Collaborative engagements

Service provider engagements

02.2. Additional information. [Optional]


Process

Process for engagements run internally

LEA 03. Process for identifying and prioritising engagement activities

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03.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal process for identifying and prioritising engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

03.2. Describe the criteria used to identify and prioritise engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]


LEA 04. Objectives for engagement activities

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04.1. Indicate if you define specific objectives for your engagement activities.

04.2. Indicate if you monitor the actions that companies take following your engagements.

04.3. Indicate whether your organisation defines milestones and goals for engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

04.4. Indicate if you do any of the following to monitor and evaluate the progress of your engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

other description

          The majority of our engagements are undertaken regarding remuneration. We see whether feedback has been taken in reviewing the rem report
        

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]


Process for engagements conducted via collaborations

LEA 05. Process for identifying and prioritising collaborative engagement

New selection options have been added to this indicator. Please review your prefilled responses carefully.

05.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal process for identifying and prioritising collaborative engagements

05.2. Describe the criteria used to identify and prioritise collaborative engagements

05.3. Additional information [Optional]


LEA 06. Objectives for engagement activities (Not Completed)


Process for engagements conducted with/on your behalf by service providers

LEA 07. Role in engagement process

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07.1. Indicate if you play a role in the engagement process that your service provider conducts on your behalf.

07.2. Indicate the role(s) you play in engagements that your service provider conducts on your behalf.

07.3. Additional information. [Optional]

For our engagement in relation to ACSI, ACSI annually creates a list of engagement priority companies with specifically defined concerns and objectives for each company. Objectives are meaningful changes in company behavior. ACSI also sets objectives for the proportion of all priority companies where objectives are met (for example, ACSI may aim for over 50% of all priority companies’ objectives to be met).


Monitoring and evaluation is done through semiannual progress reports, itemized company by company and in aggregate, which are delivered to member funds.

Inbound engagements with companies that are not on the priority list also involve specific objectives, though typically less material. Monitoring of these is done through annual evaluation by ACSI’s Member Council, and a range of internal reports. The results of these engagement meetings are also included in ACSI’s proxy voting reports and surveys involving all companies in ACSI’s universe (called “longitudinal” research projects).


LEA 08. Monitor / discuss service provider information

08.1. Indicate whether you monitor and/or discuss the following information provided to you by your service provider

Please select all that apply

08.2. Additional information. [Optional]

ACSI annually creates a list of engagement priority companies with specifically defined concerns and objectives for each company. Objectives are meaningful changes in company behavior. ACSI also sets objectives for the proportion of all priority companies where objectives are met (for example, ACSI may aim for over 50% of all priority companies’ objectives to be met).

 

Monitoring and evaluation is done through semiannual progress reports, itemized company by company and in aggregate, which are delivered to member funds.

 

Inbound engagements with companies that are not on the priority list also involve specific objectives, though typically less material. Monitoring of these is done through annual evaluation by ACSI’s Member Council, and a range of internal reports. The results of these engagement meetings are also included in ACSI’s proxy voting reports and surveys involving all companies in ACSI’s universe (called “longitudinal” research projects).


General processes for all three groups of engagers

LEA 09. Share insights from engagements with internal/external managers (Private)


LEA 10. Tracking number of engagements

10.1. Indicate if you track the number of engagements your organisation participates in.

Type of engagement
Tracking engagements

Individual / Internal staff engagements

Collaborative engagements

Service provider engagements

10.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


Outputs and outcomes

LEA 11. Number of companies engaged with, intensity of engagement and effort (Private)


LEA 12. Engagement methods (Private)


LEA 13. Engagements on E, S and/or G issues (Not Applicable)


LEA 14. Companies changing practices / behaviour following engagement (Private)


LEA 15. Examples of ESG engagements (Private)


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