Environmental, social and governance

At Media Super, we believe investing responsibly for the long term is important for our members’ returns and their quality of life in retirement.

Environmental and social governance

Our approach to responsible investment

Responsible investment is a key pillar of our investment strategy which Media Super believes is integral to delivering sustainable long-term value creation for members. We believe companies that take environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into practical consideration will generate stronger, more sustainable long-term returns.

Our investments team take a ‘whole of fund’ approach and apply responsible investment practices to all our investment activities across our total portfolio. There is a responsible investment policy that details how ESG risks and opportunities are considered in investment decisions.

Read our Responsible Investment Policy Summary

We have committed to the contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aim to assess the outcomes of investments in line with the SDGs. The Fund engages with a broad range of stakeholders. These include our investment managers and listed and unlisted companies in which we invest to promote sustainable value creation in the companies in which we invest.

Active ownership to affect change

We are a signatory to the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI)Stewardship code.

There is also a Stewardship Statement that has been developed that details the principles applied when undertaking stewardship activities on behalf of members.

Read our Stewardship Statement

Our main areas of focus for active ownership are proxy voting, engagement and advocacy.


Proxy voting

Voting at company meetings is one way where the Fund can exercise its shareholder rights to influence and encourage better ESG practices in the companies we invest in. Our voting practices are based on the ACSI Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Australian and international voting records are available after the company meeting.

Engagement

We engage with a broad range of stakeholders including investments, listed and unlisted companies in which we invest to promote sustainable value creation in the companies in which we invest.

The three methods currently used are:

  • Direct engagement with companies which involve one to one meetings on financially material ESG issues
  • Collaborative engagements through organisations or initiatives we are a member of, such as Climate Action 100+
  • Service provider engagements, through ACSI for ASX300 share holdings and Hermes EOS for global shareholdings.


Advocacy

Advocacy is undertaken where we believe it will support long-term value creation for our members’ retirement with the aim to influence the broader market and promote a shift towards a sustainable financial system. Our focus is primarily on influencing standards, guidelines and regulatory reform. More detailed information is available in the Responsible Investment Supplement.

Read our Responsible Investment Supplement

Climate change

Climate change presents long-term investment risks and opportunities. As trustee of our members’ retirement savings, we have a responsibility to safeguard our members’ long-term retirement future.

We use our influence as a large investor in the global economy and help direct the pathways towards a net-zero emissions economy. Wedo this by planning for and managing the impacts of climate change and realising investment opportunities that will protect and enhance our members investments.

Our actions have a flow-on benefit to society and the broader economy in which our members work and retire. While our approach is continuing to evolve, we currently:

  • Have a Climate Change Position Statement to help guide the integration of climate change considerations within the broader investment framework
  • Have a 2020 Climate Change Roadmap which contains our broader targets for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim absolute emissions reduction target of 45% by 2030 across our entire portfolio
  • Disclose how we’re measuring and reporting metrics and targets for the roadmap under the Task force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Encourage our external fund managers and listed companies in which we invest to incorporate and consider climate change risk and opportunities in their investment processes.
  • Contribute to the public policy discussions through our membership with climate change organisations. This includes the Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance, Climate Action 100+ and Investor Group of Climate Change.

Divesting and exclusions

We apply a ‘total portfolio’ approach to managing ESG investment risks and opportunities. We believe that including material ESG considerations along with traditional investment factors – that is, those long-term factors that are highly likely to affect business or investment performance – will reduce risk and enhance long-term investment returns. To support our approach, we have developed robust governance and risk management frameworks that we apply across investment decisions, and we work closely with our internal and external managers to ensure that material ESG implications are factored into investment decision making.

We do not invest in shares of companies that are viewed as unsuitable for the Fund to invest in on behalf of members and their long-term investment returns. These include companies involved in the manufacturing of controversial weapons, tobacco products and companies identified in emerging market mandates as having particularly poor ESG practices.

United Super Pty Ltd ABN 46 006 261 623 AFSL 233792 as Trustee for Cbus Super Fund ABN 75 493 363 262 offering Media Super products. Use of ‘us’, ‘we’, ‘our’ or ‘the Trustee’ is a reference to United Super Pty Ltd.