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UniSuper Management Pty Limited

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Promoting responsible investment

SG 09. Collaborative organisations / initiatives

09.1. Select the collaborative organisation and/or initiatives of which your organisation is a member or in which it participated during the reporting year, and the role you played.

Select all that apply

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Seek to apply the PRI, attends PRI roundtable briefings in Australia and provides feedback to the PRI secretariat.

Participates in the "Plastics" working group

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Participate in calls and briefings and liaise with our Asian managers regarding key initiatives

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

UniSuper actively participates in Member Council meetings, and sits on the board of directors.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Signatory

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Signatory and participate in a range of related activites, e.g Oxfam mining symposiums, Transparency International etc

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

UniSuper was a founding member of ESG RA.  For the first 5 years of ESG RA UniSuper was on the ESG RA committee. UniSuper also acts as a judge of the ESG RA awards. 

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

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has signed up to the initiative and encourages companies to participate

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Focus on ensuring good working knoweldge of policy documents and dialogue.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

UniSuper is a member of the IGCC Management Committee and also participates in some of the IGCC subcommittees (e.g. Research).  UniSuper also participates in IGCC member meetings and discussions. We also have high levels of engagement with IGCC management and are well connected with the IGCC board members.

          RIAA
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

UniSuper has been a member of RIAA for a number of years and our Sustainable options and GEO option are certified by RIAA. We also engage in high levels of dialogue with RIAA and provide detailed feedback and input in relation to a range of RIAA activities, publications and initiatives.  We have high levels of engagement with RIAA and are one of its key stakeholders, and over 2019 it sat on the Governance committee.

          MAG 7
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

In 2015, UniSuper along with a select group of large Australian not for profit institutional investors established MAG7 as an informal ESG discussion group, which meets every 2-3 months to discuss a broad range of ESG related matters. This is an informal collaboration that meets with a high level of frequency and which encourages open and candid discussion regarding a range of ESG related matters.


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories (Private)


SG 10. Promoting RI independently

10.1. Indicate if your organisation promotes responsible investment, independently of collaborative initiatives.

10.2. Indicate the actions your organisation has taken to promote responsible investment independently of collaborative initiatives. Provide a description of your role in contributing to the objectives of the selected action and the typical frequency of your participation/contribution.

Description

          Monthly induction presentations
Participation in presenting to Finance students at universities
Meeting with peers to share knowledge
Participated in University roundtables with RI focus
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Provide examples of "real life" ESG practice, review reporting best practice
We also routinely (and did so in 2019) participate in relevant academic studies
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Adhoc requests of managers, participate in working groups regarding TCFD and Modern Slavery disclosures
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Presentations and panels - where requested ~ 6 times a year
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Where requested - PRI, RIAA etc
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Please see membership details in previous question (specifically - ACSI, RIAA, IGCC, ESG RA)
        

Frequency of contribution

10.3. Describe any additional actions and initiatives that your organisation has taken part in during the reporting year to promote responsible investment [Optional]

UniSuper's members, who come from the higher education and research sector, are highly engaged regarding ESG issues. We seek to communicate with our members regarding ESG related issues. This includes webinars, podcasts, member newsletters, investment updates, the preparation of six monthly responsible investment reports and discussion of ESG issues at member seminars. We also receive high volumes of member queries regarding specific ESG issues and we therefore spend significant amounts of time investigating the issues raised and transparently responding to these queries individually.

In addition to this, UniSuper also conducts a large number of presentations regarding ESG in a number of different forums. These presentations are conducted by not only the Manager, Sustainable Portfolios and Governance, but also by the Head of Equities, the CIO and the CEO

We regularly speak on ESG issues at various different conferences and forums.

When requested, we participate in research and studies with respect to responsible investing. 


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters (Private)


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