HESTA Impact Awards
This article was sponsored by HESTA.
Nominations are now open for the inaugural HESTA Impact Awards. These awards will recognise individuals, teams and organisations who are having a positive impact on the world by driving improved outcomes across areas such as equality, sustainability, health, diversity and inclusion.
“Building a better world doesn’t happen overnight. It’s the small but unrelenting steps taken by many dedicated individuals over time that will help close the gap on inequality, fight climate change and improve diversity and inclusion,” says HESTA CEO Debby Blakey.
“Developing more sustainable business practices, taking steps to reduce inequality and disadvantage in our communities, and improving health outcomes for more Australians – these are just a few of the ways we know people are working together to protect the future of our society, our economy and our planet.
“We know health and community professionals care deeply about making the world a better place and it’s important we recognise and reward the life-changing work they are doing on behalf of us all,” says Debby.
The awards will highlight excellence in sustainability or waste management, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, improved health outcomes or improved patient wellbeing and sector-wide partnerships.
Categories and prize money*
- Team Innovation $15,000
- Outstanding Organisation $10,000
- Individual Distinction $5,000
*Prize money provided by ME Bank
The Awards criteria are modelled on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – adopted by more than 150 countries, including Australia – which tie together the Fund’s advocacy, responsible investment and thoughtful stewardship of its members’ savings to help create a more sustainable world.
“HESTA is committed to making the world a better place for our members to live, work and retire into,” says Debby.
“For example, HESTA was the first major Australian superannuation fund to commit to reducing the absolute carbon emissions across its entire investment portfolio by 33% by 2030, and to be ‘net zero’ by 2050, as part of our Climate Change Transition Plan.
“We are honoured to be able to help recognise those working in health and community services and celebrate their achievements, great and small, through the HESTA Impact Awards,” says Debby.
Winners will be announced at the Awards dinner in Sydney on Wednesday 24 February 2021, subject to COVID-19 safety restrictions.
To find out more visit hesta.com.au/awards