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, Aware 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.

Our proxy voting policy can be found in our Responsible Investment: Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance Policy.

The following information provides summaries of voting activity undertaken during the period 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022.

Our current proxy advisers are: the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) (domestic) and CGI Glass Lewis (international).

We are able to support a proposal by voting ‘For’, against a proposal by voting ‘Against’ or choose not to vote either for or against by ‘Abstaining’ or ‘Withheld’. Occasionally there may be a split vote where our managers have voted differently on a resolution. 

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Summary of Voting for Period
Proxy Voting Details Number of Resolutions % of Total Resolutions
Total Resolutions 4,734  
Resolution Type: Management 4,655 98%
Resolution Type: Shareholder 79 2%
Total Votes "For" 4,009 85%
Total Votes "Against" 579 12%
Total Votes "Abstained" 72 1.5%
Total "Split" Votes 59 1%
Total "No Votes" / "Withheld" 14 0.5%

Summary of Voting on Remuneration Reports
Proxy Voting Details  Number of Resolutions   % of Total Remuneration Resolutions  
Total Remuneration Reports 388  
Total Votes "For" 334 86%

Companies typically raise proposals to be resolved through proxy voting. On occasion, shareholders may bring proposals to be voted upon. The table below contains a summary of shareholder proposals. Proposals are company proposals unless specified in the text of the proposal. For example, shareholder proposals will generally include the wording: ‘Please Note That This Resolution Is A Shareholder Proposal’, or ‘To consider a shareholder proposal regarding...’.

Summary of Voting on Shareholder Raised Resolutions
Proxy Voting Details Number of Resolutions % of Total Shareholder Raised Resolutions
Total Resolutions 79  
Total Votes "For" 23 29%
Total Votes "Against" 53 67%
Total Votes "Abstain" 3 4%
Total Votes "Combination" 0 0%

Voting summaries

Voting summary for 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022

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Voting summary for 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021

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Voting summary for 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021

1.6MB PDF

Voting summary for 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021

4.5MB PDF

Voting summary for 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021

1.4MB PDF

Voting summary for 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

3.2MB PDF

Voting summary for 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020

1.9MB PDF

Voting summary for 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020

5.9MB PDF

Voting summary for 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020

908.7KB PDF

Voting summary for July - September 2019

678KB PDF

Voting summary for 2018-19

20MB PDF

Voting summary for 2017-18

9.2MB PDF

Voting summary for 2016-17

5.6MB PDF

Voting summary for 2015-16

3.1MB PDF

Voting summary for 2014-15

3.7MB PDF

Voting summary for 2013-14

2.8MB PDF