HESTA

CERTIFIED CARBON NEUTRAL WITH 100% AUSTRALIAN CARBON CREDIT UNITS – SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN OFFSET PROJECTS, OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

H.E.S.T. Australia Limited (HESTA) is the Trustee of the Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia, the only industry super fund dedicated to Australia’s health and community services sector. More than half of the people working in the sector nationally invest their retirement savings with the Fund. As a responsible steward of members’ retirement savings, we focus on achieving strong, sustainable, long-term returns while making a positive difference to the world members will retire into.

“Certification is fantastic recognition of our efforts over many years to embed carbon reduction initiatives across our business operations.”

Type of certification

Organisation

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

We became certified in 2019. 

Why are you carbon neutral?

We are focused on championing long-term change for our members and want to lead by example in our approach to climate change, not only by being a responsible investor but also in how we advocate, and the action we take to reduce our environmental footprint.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

The certification is fantastic recognition of our efforts over many years to embed carbon reduction initiatives across our business operations. Sustainability is a core part of how we create ongoing efficiencies. This certification helps affirm HESTA as a leader in sustainability while also engaging employees and most importantly, contributing to creating a healthier society and planet for our members to retire into.

What offset projects do you support?

We carefully consider how we can offset our carbon footprint. We have purchased a limited number of certified offsets including in savanna burning projects that support Aboriginal employment in the Northern Kimberly region of WA and tree planting initiatives in North-Western NSW and the Babinda rainforest.

Why did you choose these projects?

These projects were deliberately selected because of the co-benefits in supporting local Aboriginal communities.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

We have a program of initiatives to reduce our operational emissions and transition to a low carbon economy, including intelligent design of office spaces, piloting electric vehicles and education programs.

What has been the impact of your action?

Electricity consumption decreased by 5.5 per cent for the 2018 calendar year. Emissions per FTE also decreased by 1.21 per cent as compared to the previous year.  

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Treat the process as part of your strategy to transition to a low carbon economy. Engage with the auditor early to ensure your carbon accounting processes are aligned with the Climate Active certification process.

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2019-20

PUBLICATION DATE:
2021-03-05

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2018-19

PUBLICATION DATE:
2020-03-06

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2017-18

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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