First State Super has an established Responsible Investment function, that is guided and bound by a responsible investment policy, framework, and investment beliefs statement which states that we will be active owners of the companies we invest in, that we will recognise the principle of universal ownership and, will consider environmental, social and corporate governance issues in our investment decisions. First State Super has a strong active ownership program with respect to listed equities. We identify targets via screening and thematic research (climate change, worker safety, executive remuneration, diversity and human rights in supply chain) and will engage with them where we feel it is a material risk to our portfolio.
First State Super as a signatory to the UNPRI, has committed to the six principles for responsible investing, one of which includes assessing the capability of our external investment managers to incorporate ESG issues into their investment process. All investment managers are required to complete a due diligence questionnaire to assist us in understanding how managers’ view ESG integration in the investment process, whether they carry it out and whether it is aligned with our view and practice. We acknowledge that different styles dictate different approaches to ESG integration, and ask our manager’s to complete the questionnaire according to their style.