ABOUT US – WHAT WE DO
The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) is a member-based organisation formed in 2012 to further corporate democracy.
We develop and deploy strategies to improve Australian listed companies’ performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk indicators.
Our power to influence corporate behaviour is premised on two central ideas:
- that a company’s negative impacts on the environment and society can also undermine that company’s interests; and
- that listed corporations are, to an extent, participatory democracies.
We use a combination of research, private engagement, shareholder resolutions, and high impact media to advance our aims.
As well as supporting shareholder action, ACCR provides superannuation fund members with the opportunity to ‘vote their super’. Superannuation funds hold shares in companies on behalf of their members. When a resolution is put forward at a company annual general meeting, super funds, as shareholders, are able to vote on that resolution.
Through our platform, super fund members have the opportunity to tell their fund how they would like them to vote on upcoming ESG resolutions. Fund members also have access to information detailing how their fund has voted on past ESG resolutions as well as compare their fund’s commitments to ESG issues with that of other funds.
The ACCR is an association incorporated under the ACT’s Associations Incorporation Act 1991. It is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). We are income tax exempt.
We rely on grants and donations to fund our work. We have never received support from any listed companies. The following supporters have assisted us with donations to an amount exceeding $20k in the 17/18 financial year: a donation from Howard Pender, a donation from the McKinnon Family Foundation, one donation from a private ancillary fund which wished to remain anonymous.
The ACCR is a member of both the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).