As an asset owner, we believe that we have an obligation to seek to ensure that the companies and other assets in which we invest in are governed and managed in an appropriate way that will enhance performance over the longer term, and thereby produce the best financial outcome for members. For this reason, First State Super takes an active interest in the ESG practices of the companies and assets in which they invest, and seek to exert influence on their governance, policies, practices and management through share voting, engagement and advocacy.
We have a significant exposure to listed share investments. Exercising the voting rights attached to shares held in public companies is something we regard as being integral to active ownership. Share voting is an important tool for engaging with companies. Voting is an effective way for the Trustee and other investors to publicly express its views on what a company is doing right, and what a company needs to improve.
Section 4.2 of oursets out our proxy voting policy.
Voting summary for 2017-18
Voting summary for 2016-17
Voting summary for 2015-16
Voting summary for 2014-15
Voting summary for 2013-14