How Good Super Invests

  The Good Super investment philosophy is central to everything that we do. We believe in a ‘Shared Value’ approach to screening investments, and use both a positive and negative filter for all investments. Through our negative screening, we avoid investing in industries that have a high negative social impact, where we believe the industry does…

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Good Super supports Marriage Equality

Good Super has become one of the first companies to sign an open letter of support for Australian Marriage Equality, one of only a handful of superannuation funds. By becoming a supporter, Good Super has recognised the rights of Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees to live and work free of prejudice…

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There is $16 billion of lost superannuation

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has reported that there is just under $16 billion in lost and ATO-held superannuation in Australia, in over 6,000 accounts as of 31 December 2014.1 Over 14 million Australians have a superannuation fund account. According to the ATO approximately 45% of these people have more than one account!1 Good Super –…

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Do Australian resource companies help local communities?

Is development aid really the way to go to bring the world out of poverty? Perhaps a well-focused company can do more good? The following was first published in the Mining Journal published here. Recently Australian resource companies have benefitted from improvements in health and education in the developing world and Australian indigenous populations. Smarter and…

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Development investment not development aid, a new way forward.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are committed humanitarians and philanthropists as well as actors. They use their celebrity well in promoting good causes. They also ensure that they are not a burden when visiting humanitarian operations. I saw this first hand in 2005 when, as Chief of Operations to the UN’s Emergency Coordination Centre for…

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Why Go it Alone in Community Development?

This blog was first published at the Harvard Business Review here, building on a Ted Talk I gave here: Drive down a typical highway and you’ll see a succession of billboards, each one a stand-alone advertisement for a single brand. Watch a Grand Prix race, on the other hand, and you note a different approach:…

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Can the ‘risk’ equation convince companies to work with communities?

Community risk is the one area of risk that can destroy 100% of Net Present Value. So why doesn’t the finance industry agree on how to factor in that risk? This blog originally appeared in the Cornerstone Capital Journal for Sustainable Finance and Banking here. Here is a challenge of the investment industry: When valuing assets…

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Why Change is Coming Fast in Community Development

Note: This blog was also published at Harvard Business Review here. Three trends are converging to transform the world of community development. Big trends in business and society tend to march along at a measured pace. When change happens fast in some area, it’s usually because multiple trends are converging to accelerate the process. This…

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Business Providing Leadership

The following is an extract from the Richard Searby Oration. Background information is here. Video extracts of the speech can be found here. Cast your mind back 10 years. While many may have agreed with the focus group driven statement “we decide who comes to our country and the circumstances in which they come”, there was at…

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Us and them; rich vs poor

“You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.”             ― Winston Churchill “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.”             ― Mark Twain An article recently published in The Age has been doing the rounds, and it has inspired us to write this blog post. The article titled ‘The world’s most…

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