Our Story

With over 17 years working on ESG and sustainability risk research in Australia, CAER is an organisation with a depth of history and experience in the field.

Established in 2000, CAER was started as the Green Ratings unit of Australian Ethical Investment. This was also the year that we began a research partnership with Vigeo Eiris, then known as EIRIS. It quickly became clear that there was a need for independent and sound research on company ESG risks in Australia, of which there was none at the time. Therefore in 2002, the unit was separately forged as the Centre for Australian Ethical Research – a stand-alone, independent business providing tailored ESG data and ethical analysis of companies for a large and diverse client base.

As a specialist in the field backed by a long history of Australian-centric information, CAER’s client base soon expanded, positioning our organisation at the forefront of detailed ESG research in the country.

Over the following years we expanded our product offerings, alongside the expansion of the local coverage offered on the Vigeo Eiris (EIRIS) platform. By 2010 this included the ASX300 and the NZ50. Corporate Monitor and the Corporate Monitor Star Rating were also acquired and integrated into our product offerings.

CAER has continued to expand and sharpen its product offerings over the years as more investment managers, asset owners, NGOs and small-to-medium investment houses have sought out detailed ESG information about Australian and New Zealand companies. Our research has since been used in advocacy, engagement, shareholder resolutions and policy both in Australia and overseas.

Combining detailed qualitative and quantitative metrics backed by our partnership with global ESG data provider Vigeo Eiris, CAER’s products and services guarantee rigorous research systems. We are also one of few organisations who provide research exclusively on ESG risk exposure, meaning clients have an accurate picture of the ESG scenario before introducing financial considerations.