HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey has been appointed to the board of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the global body representing institutional investors for the advancement of good governance.
Blakey would be the sole Australian representative on the board, whose members are responsible for assets of more than $79 trillion.
Blakey said her appointment demonstrated the Australian superannuation industry’s important responsible investment leadership on the global stage.
“ICGN’s mission is absolutely critical to ensure that companies and investors alike act with a shared responsibility for improving the sustainability of our global markets and economies,” she said.
“HESTA is committed to the principles of active ownership and responsible investing, and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the work of ICGN on a global scale.”
Blakey joins new chair, Henry Jones, president of the CalPERS in the US along with directors Seiji Kawazoe, a senior stewardship office at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management in Tokyo, and Luz Rodriguez, a corporate governance professional at the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association.
Blakey was recently announced as the new president of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and is on the board of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.