Research

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

Publications

  1. Research

    Submission: Senate Standing Committees on Economics

    A submission by ACCR to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Amendment (Ending Jobkeeper Profiteering) Bill 2021 Inquiry.

  2. Research

    Cleaning up their Act?: Modern Slavery Due Diligence in the Australian Property Sector

    ACCR analysis shows that property owners continued to rely on reporting mechanisms that decades of evidence show will fail to pick up instances of modern slavery and labour abuse in their supply chains.

  3. Research

    Gaslighting: How APPEA and its members continue to oppose genuine climate action

    Climate-aware investors in APPEA’s member companies must now assertively seek to curtail lobbying that is inconsistent with limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

  4. Research

    Submission: Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth

    A submission by ACCR and Ethical Partners Funds Management to the inquiry into the prudential regulation of investment in Australia’s export industries.

  5. Research

    In-depth: Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) climate vote

    Shell released its climate transition plan, which sets out its emission reduction targets and decarbonisation strategy—read ACCR's in-depth analysis.

  6. Research

    First read: Royal Dutch Shell Energy Transition report

    Shell released its Energy Transition report, which sets out its emission reduction targets and decarbonisation strategy. This is ACCR's initial reading of the report.

  7. Research

    Case study: Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell)

    How does Shell's current climate transition plan compares to our recently released ACCR climate plan guidelines and the CA100+ Net Zero Company Benchmark?

  8. Research

    Submission: Senate Select Committee on Job Security

    ACCR's submission to the Senate Select Committee on Job Security analyses the dynamics, trends and impacts associated with this “fissuring” of the Australian workplace, highlighting the risks for workers, companies and investors.

  9. Research

    Cutting Carbon: What the rush to divest fossil fuels means for emissions reduction and engagement

    The Australian share market is one of the most carbon intensive markets in the developed world. Portfolio decarbonisation must be transparent.

  10. Research

    Submission: Independent Planning Commission of NSW consideration of Narrabri Gas Project

    The Narrabri project will imperil Australia’s commitments to the Paris Agreement and will also likely see the high cost of production create a stranded asset before the reserves are exhausted.

  11. Research

    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.

  12. Research

    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.

  13. Research

    Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: How Australia’s largest super funds voted on shareholder proposals 2017-2019

    All funds should disclose their entire proxy voting record, forevery proposal at every company meeting, across all jurisdictions.

  14. Research

    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. This report received the RIAA ESG Research (non-broker) Award in 2021.

  15. Research

    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.

  16. Research

    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.

  17. Research

    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.

  18. Research

    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.

  19. Research

    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.

  20. Research

    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).

  21. Research

    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.

  22. Research

    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.

  23. Research

    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).

  24. Research

    Industry Associations, ASX Companies, Shareholder Interests and Lobbying

  25. Research

    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.

  26. Research

    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.

  27. Research

    Human Rights and Australian Listed Companies

  28. Research

    Corporate political expenditure in Australia

  29. Research

    Shareholder resolutions on ESG issues at listed public companies: comparative practice in Australia, the US & the UK

  30. Research

    Unburnable carbon’ risk and the Australasian-listed gentailers

  31. Research

    A Guide to Shareholder Advocacy in Australia

  32. Research

    Financed emissions, ‘unburnable carbon’ risk and the major Australian banks

  33. Research

    Shareholder resolutions at listed public companies in major English-speaking countries: comparative arrangements

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.