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To protect the long-term value of our members’ retirement savings we integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment processes across the investment portfolio (with the exception of cash). ESG integration is the systematic and explicit inclusion of environmental, social and governance factors or issues into investment analysis and decision making.

ESG covers a broad range of factors that may include, but not be limited, to the following:

Environment (E)
  • Climate Change
  • Pollution and waste
  • Resource depletion
  • Biodiversity
  • Land use changes 
Social (S)
  • Human rights
  • Labour rights
  • Health & Safety
  • Human Capital management
  • Diversity
  • Relations with local communities
  • Consumer protection 
Governance (G)
  • Board structure, size, diversity, skills and independence
  • Executive pay
  • Shareholder rights 
  • Business ethics, Bribery and corruption
  • Risk management

Because VicSuper uses external investment managers to invest on its behalf, our approach to ESG integration involves selecting, appointing and monitoring investment managers who integrate ESG factors. VicSuper does not impose a set approach to ESG integration, therefore the approach to ESG integration will vary by manager.

Responsible investment is integrated into the investment manager selection process via VicSuper’s supplier due diligence process. All potential managers are required to respond to asset class specific due diligence questions relating to their responsible investment commitment, approach, implementation and disclosure. While ESG information is only one component of the selection process, responses are assessed and unless ESG is deemed not relevant to a particular strategy, a satisfactory ESG score needs to be achieved by the manager for them to be considered for appointment.

Responsible investment is integrated into the investment manager appointment process via specific ESG clauses within the standard investment manager agreement. These include requirements to:

  • demonstrate how ESG factors are integrated into investment decision-making
  • engage in stewardship
  • provide disclosures on ESG related issues.

Responsible investment is integrated into the investment manager monitoring process through a requirement for quarterly ESG reporting as well as discussion of ESG issues (as relevant), at regular review meetings with managers.

To protect the long-term value of our members’ retirement savings we integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment processes across the investment portfolio (with the exception of cash). ESG integration is the systematic and explicit inclusion of environmental, social and governance factors or issues into investment analysis and decision making.

ESG covers a broad range of factors that may include, but not be limited, to the following:

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