The inaugural HESTA Impact Awards will feature 11 finalists across three categories, recognising health and community services professionals who are helping to create a better world.
The successful nominees bring a wide range of achievements in areas including sustainability, gender equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and health literacy.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said the finalists “do incredible things every day” as they work to improve the future of our society, economy and planet.
“These finalists are improving social and financial outcomes for women, preventing a phenomenal amount of waste from going to landfill, and going above and beyond to improve health and wellbeing of people experiencing disadvantage.
“HESTA is so proud to help share and celebrate their life-changing stories and achievements. They are true heroes,” Ms Blakey said.
An independent judging panel will select the winners of the three categories – Team Innovation, Outstanding Organisation and Individual Distinction – who will each take home $10,000 to help continue their work.
Launched in 2020, the awards were inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global blueprint for tackling challenges such as hunger, inequality and climate change by 2030.
HESTA has selected seven of the 17 SDGs to guide the health industry super fund’s decision-making and activities, and to support its delivery of strong and sustainable long-term returns for members.
“HESTA is committed to making the world a better place for our members to live, work and retire into and we are proud to have been the first major Australian super fund to commit to a total portfolio ‘net zero by 2050’ emissions target,” Ms Blakey said.
“The HESTA Impact Awards tie together the work we do in pursuit of our chosen SDGs through our advocacy, responsible investment and thoughtful stewardship of our members’ savings.”
The award winners will be announced on Wednesday 24 February 2021 via a live, public broadcast on awards.hesta.tv
For more information, visit HESTA’s awards website.
The 2021 HESTA Impact Awards finalists are:
The Living Room – Youth Projects Ltd, Melbourne VIC
YWCA Asista Program Team – YWCA Australia, South Melbourne VIC
Facilities Management Team – Bendigo Health, Bendigo VIC
Housing All Australians Ltd, VIC
The Water Well Project, Malvern VIC
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services, Mirrabooka WA
Big Group Hug, Bundoora VIC
Jodie Bergsma – Dress for Success Sydney, Marrickville NSW
Julia Claire Hales – My Place WA Ltd. and Black Swan State Theatre Company, Subiaco WA
AJ Williams-Tchen – Girraway Ganyi Consultancy, Balwyn VIC
Melissa Browning – Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Southport QLD
HESTA is APHA's Diamond Sponsor.