Sovereign Governance Advisory is proud to announce the launch of the Australian Corporate Governance Transparency Index (ACGTI), an online benchmarking tool now accessible through our company website.

What is the ACGTI?

The ACGTI is an interactive online governance disclosure assessment tool created by Sovereign Governance Advisory for Company Secretaries and Non-Executive Directors of S&P/ASX 300 companies only.

The methodology applied is substantially guided by the 4th edition of the ASX Principles and Recommendations, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) Governance Guidelines, and common proxy advisor research parameters. Companies are scored by applying 28 individual objective queries across four equally weighted governance reporting aspects.

Why the ACGTI?

The ACGTI is unique in Australia in that it is the only free access-online tool designed exclusively for Company Secretaries and Non-Executive Directors of S&P/ASX 300 companies that provides a quick snapshot of how to keep pace with the evolving corporate governance disclosure expectations of global investors, whilst also allowing for a comparable view against a customised peer group.

Consistent with the trend of ESG integration into mainstream institutional shareholder investment mandates, coupled with the growing stewardship expectations of global asset owners often exercised through company engagement and voting strategies, it is imperative for ASX companies to maintain pace with evolving corporate governance disclosure expectations.

$980bn

Estimated size of the Australian Responsible Investment Market, representing 44% of all professionally managed assets (AUM)

84%

Proportion of AUM utilising corporate engagement and shareholder action as a strategy alongside ESG integration

50%

Proportion of growth in the Australian Responsible Investment market that is adopting negative screening on ESG factors as a primary asset allocation strategy.

*All statistics according to the Responsible Investment Association Australia

Apply for ACGTI access today

Access to the ACGTI portal is complimentary for Company Secretaries and Non-Executive Directors of S&P/ASX 300 companies. Register for access today to find out how your company ranks, and what corporate governance reporting topics may need to be tabled for your next board meeting.

To register, simply click on “Login” in the menu above and select “Sign Up”.

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