Proxy voting forms an important part of our broader sustainable investment program. We conduct our proxy voting in-house. Proxy voting research is provided by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and CGI Glass Lewis.

  • The corporate governance principles underlying ACSI’s voting advice can be found in ACSI’s Governance Guidelines.
  • ACSI members update these guidelines on a regular basis.
  • We report voting activity regularly to the Board as part of our sustainable investment reporting.
  • You can see a summary of our voting activity for the previous financial year below.

QSuper is now part of Australian Retirement Trust. To see the full details of how we've voted at company meetings of QSuper holdings (since 1 January 2018) and Australian Retirement Trust Super Savings holdings (since 4 October 2022), please visit Australian Retirement Trust.

You can also find a summary of proxy voting outcomes for 2021-22 for both QSuper and Super Savings options on the ART website.

View our proxy voting record history

We provide the following additional information on how we voted on these shareholder proposals and why:

  • In 2021-22, these shareholder proposals totalled 20 and 95 across domestic and international markets, respectively.
  • Of the 115 proposals in total, we supported 81, or 70.4%.
  • Those that we did not support are the result of our proxy voting policy, outlined above. In most cases, this was because the proposals put what we deemed questionable constraints on company management, addressed risks the company is already managing sufficiently, or weren't well aligned to long-term value for the shareholders of that company.

Australian Retirement Trust QSuper record of proxy voting 2021-221

Australian voting outcomes Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
Number of meetings 12 149 11 41 213
Number of resolutions 74 890 31 250 1,245
Votes for 67 776 27 212 1,082
Votes against 7 114 4 35 160
Votes abstain 0 0 0 3 3

International voting outcomes Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
Number of meetings 292 223 365 1,815 2,695
Number of resolutions 2,760 1,629 3,687 23,908 31,984
Votes for 2,278 1,410 2,980 20,051 26,719
Votes against 453 202 644 3,455 4,754
Votes abstain 29 17 63 402 511

1. This is the aggregated record of all votes cast on behalf of the Trustee for Australian and international equities over the period.