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2013 Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses Award

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Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses Award

Australian Ethical: Australia’s Only Ethical Superannuation And Investment Fund

Australian Ethical, NSW

Australian Ethical is a superannuation and investment fund manager with a difference. All money that is invested for clients is invested ethically according to Australian Ethical’s charter, meaning that Australian Ethical avoids investment in sectors such as tobacco, alcohol, coal and coal-seam-gas, weapons, or in companies that harm people, animals, the environment or society. Australian Ethical has a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) rating of A+ and is a Carbon Neutral top down ‘stage four’ organisation. Managing the emissions footprint of the organisation starts at the top and we have a footprint of 100 tonnes of CO2-e. Australian Ethical also conducts a community grants program which see 10% of annual pre-tax profits go towards not-for-profit and community organisations. Australian Ethical has fostered a trusting, impact investment relationship with almost 20,000 clients who now invest ethically with us. Our framework is unique to Australian Ethical and makes us the only truly ethical superannuation and investment in Australia.

Comments from Judges

The Judges found Australian Ethical are to be highly commended based on their ability to influence the industry and their integration of social aspects, by contributing profit back into the community. A truly stand-out small business.