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ASI 2020 Investment  Members culture  Governance  Leadership

Recent events in a number of Australia’s largest listed companies highlight the issues that remain in the governance and culture of some of our largest equity investments.

Our panel will discuss what investors, and company boards, can do to influence corporate behaviour.

We also ask – what can superannuation funds learn from recent cases to ensure our investments maintain a ‘license to operate’?

Published Date: 16 September 2020

Speakers

Ed John, Executive Manager, Governance, Engagement and Policy, ACSI

Ed has over 10 years’ experience advising ACSI members on responsible investment issues. Ed is responsible for ACSI’s engagement with ASX-listed boards, policy formation and proxy voting research. With a background in law and financial services, Ed has extensive experience producing research and engaging with the boards of Australia’s largest companies on a range of ESG investment issues.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours, Master of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning). He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.


Rebecca McGrath, Chair, Oz Minerals

She is currently Chairman of ASX100 listed Oz Minerals Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Incitec Pivot Ltd and Goodman Group. Rebecca is a Non-Executive Director of the unlisted Investor Property Group, the Independent Chairman of Scania Australia and a member of the Advisory Council for JP Morgan in Australia.  She is a member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel.

Rebecca is also involved in the not-for-profit sector. She is President of the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of Kilfinan Australia. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and is an ambassador for the National Association of Women in Operations and the Menzies School of Health Research.

Rebecca is a speaker, mentor and advisor in a range of industry and professional forums.


Matt Nacard, Chief Executive Officer, Ethical Partners Funds Management

Matt Nacard is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ethical Partners Funds Management. He has around 20 years’ experience in financial services, most recently prior to Ethical Partners as Co-Head of Asia Equities (including Japan) at Macquarie Securities where as an Executive Director he managed up to 430 people across nine markets. He has been a rated equities analyst in both Australia and Asia. As someone who is passionate about equities research, while at Macquarie he was the Head of Equities Research in Australia from 2010 to 2013 and Head of Hong Kong Research from 2008 to 2010. Matt has done extensive not for profit work including strategic input, Board membership and fund raising for various charities.

About Ethical Partners

Ethical Partners Funds Management is an independent, boutique Australian fund manager that is fully owned by its staff. It has a dual focus on performance and investing ethically. Its investment approach directly manages risk for its clients, provides the ability to invest in line with clients' values and actively advocates for change. Funds under management are over $1.5bn.

More information is available at: www.ethicalpartners.com.au


Facilitator

Amy Krizanovic, Senior Responsible Investment Analyst, Aware Super

Amy leads the Corporate Engagement at Aware Super, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds (previously First State Super). A key focus has been as the lead investor for Climate Action 100+ for some of Australia’s heaviest emitters with positive outcomes achieved through this collaborative engagement. She also works closely with the internal and external PE and equity managers to assess environmental, social and governance (ESG) opportunities and risks. Amy has over 18 years' experience in the Finance industry bringing a commercial lens to ESG discussions with companies from previous roles in Equities at JP Morgan and Finance & Strategy at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She holds a Bachelor Mathematics & Finance (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment, Finsia/Kaplan. Amy passionately believes that companies who improve their approach to ESG in areas such as climate transition, culture, diversity and governance will perform better in the long term.


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