Research

ACCR produces research and analysis on the environmental, social and governance practices of corporate Australia.

Publications

  1. Submission: Parliamentary Inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge

    Submission by the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) to the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia, Parliamentary Inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

  2. Submission: Review of Victoria’s Private Security Industry

    ACCR's submission to the Victorian government's inquiry into the private security industry focuses on how the dominant employment model in the security industry - namely complex labour hire and subcontracting arrangements - has led to a culture of non-compliance and endemic failure to properly apply workplace laws and instruments.

  3. Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    How Australia’s largest super funds voted on shareholder proposals 2017-2019.

  4. Labour Hire & Contracting Across the ASX100

    New analysis shows that ASX100 companies are only reporting to shareholders and the public about their direct employees, while information about their 'indirect' workforces remains unknown.

  5. Submission: OECD Review of Country-by-Country Reporting

    ACCR has commented on the review of the OECD’s Country-by-Country Reporting (BEPS Action 13) framework. The review is an opportunity to make significant improvements to the integrity of national and international tax systems.

  6. Submission: Unlawful underpayment of Employees' Remuneration Inquiry

    ACCR and LUCRF Super have published a joint submission to the Inquiry on the Unlawful Underpayment of Employee’s Remuneration. ACCR and LUCRF Super support regulatory changes that would facilitate the uptake of multi-stakeholder arrangements involving suppliers, lead companies, workers and worker representatives, to mitigate modern slavery, underpayments, and other labour risks.

  7. Submission: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety: Workforce Submissions

    ACCR and Ethical Partners provided input on the discussion regarding the Aged Care workforce and on how to ensure service providers develop a culture of strong governance and workforce leadership. We believe that a considerable change in the business model, transparency and disclosure, staffing, training, monitoring and codes of conduct in this sector is required in order to consider future investment in the sector.

  8. Workforce Disclosures Across The ASX 100

    Despite growing investor interest in workforce issues, engagement on these issues is hindered by poor reporting. This report analyses how Australian-listed companies are currently reporting on key workforce issues, including employee turnover, new hires, workforce composition, and health and safety.

  9. Submission: The regulation of lobbying access and influence in NSW (‘Operation Eclipse’)

    A large part of ACCR’s work involves scrutinising the lobbying activities of Australian listed companies, as well as the industry associations that represent listed companies on various issues. ACCR has made a submission to The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)'s inquiry into Lobbying conduct and regulation in NSW.

  10. Vote Like You Mean It: A study of the proxy voting records of Australia’s largest super funds in 2018

    ACCR has analysed the proxy voting records of Australia’s 50 largest superannuation funds in 2018, on 260 shareholder proposals on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues across Australia, Canada, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States (US).

  11. Measuring “decent work”: workforce indicators and their relevance for investors

    There is increasing recognition of the importance of the workforce in delivering the long-term strategic objectives for a company. This briefing note outlines the financial, reputational, procurement and legal risks which may derive from a failure by companies and investors to properly engage on workforce issues.

  12. Briefing Note: Managing Imported Asbestos in Australian Supply Chains

    Asbestos is still imported into Australia, despite an official ban. This briefing note describes how additional “workforce oversight” is essential in identifying asbestos which has made its way onto Australian worksites.

  13. Social risk and decent work in the health care sector

    ACCR has published the first report in a series looking at the interrelationship between decent work and company performance. This report identifies the links between workforce issues and operational performance in the pharmaceutical distribution sector. It focuses on two ASX 200 companies in this sector: Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (API), and Sigma Healthcare Ltd. (SIG).

  14. Industry Associations, ASX Companies, Shareholder Interests and Lobbying

  15. Responsible investment policies and related voting transparency of selected Australian asset owners and fund managers

    This report analyses the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies, proxy voting policies and proxy voting disclosure records of 56 large Australian funds/fund managers.

  16. Report on social equity – related proxy voting in the US

    This report examines shareholder resolution proposals and outcomes on four social equity issues: gender, sexual orientation, race and disability.

Data & Resources

  1. Australian ESG Shareholder Resolutions

    An open dataset of shareholder resolutions and statements on environmental or social issues that have been put to Australia's largest 200 public companies.