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With increased awareness and pressure from members around ESG risks...

Talking engaging with intent

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ASI 2020 Engagement  Investment  Members culture  ESG

With increased awareness and pressure from members around ESG risks, institutional investors have to consider whether a divestment or engagement strategy is right for their portfolio.

Unpacking whether there are cases for avoiding investments in some areas and not others, this discussion will also explore whether the two seemingly contradictory approaches can actually be used to complement one another.

Published Date: 16 September 2020


Mary Delahunty, Head of Impact, HESTA

Mary is the Head of Impact for HESTA and has been with the fund since early 2013. She has held senior roles in financial services organisations for over 15 years and is passionate about progressing responsible investment practices. HESTA is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds with $50bn under management and over 880,000 members.

Mary is a 2015 Churchill Fellow awarded for the completion of international research on equity for women in pension systems.

Mary is the Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council for Gender Equality in the State of Victoria.  The Council’s role is to advise the Minister for Women on the Safe and Strong equality strategy.

Mary is also a councillor and former Mayor of the City of Glen Eira.  Mary is also a Board Member of The Emergency Services Telecommunication Authority and an advisory panel member for the State Government, she is a past Chair of Reclink Australia, a National Not For Profit organisation offering sports and recreation opportunities to break the cycle for disadvantaged Australians.

Mary holds a Masters of Finance (Corporate Advisory) and has three young children.

Maree Sidey, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Communities Foundation

Maree has been Chief Executive Officer of Australian Communities Foundation since 2015.

Australian Communities Foundation vision is to activate a nation of givers to create a fairer Australia.  The organisation offers individuals, families, groups, corporates and not-for-profit organisations an easy and satisfying way of giving something of real value back to the community that they care about.

Each year ACF directs millions of dollars in grants to charitable organisations to ensure they continue operating, can pursue strategic initiatives and fund their most critical projects. Since incorporation, ACF has made in excess of 6000 grants distributing more than $80 million to Australian and International communities.

Maree also holds Non-Executive Director roles at Australian Community Philanthropy and Australian Progress.

Prior to this role, spent twenty years working in the For-Purpose sector including family services, mental health, youth, and drug and alcohol organisations.

In her spare time, Maree is a passionate gardener and a Mum of 3 boys – 5, 12 and 14!


Graeme Russell, Former Chief Executive Officer, Media Super

Graeme Russell has extensive experience in superannuation governance, management and investment.

Graeme was CEO of Media Super (2013-20) and First Super (2008-12), and previously an Independent Director of Media Super, TISS and JUST Super.

Graeme was Chief of Staff for Victoria’s Minister for Public Transport and The Arts (2007-08).

He was previously an industry and international partnerships executive at Melbourne and Monash Universities, Commercial Manager at the Trade Union Training Authority, CFO for STA Travel and CFO at a newspaper publisher.

Graeme was also a strategy consultant and Chartered Accountant in practice.

Graeme is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His community service includes Member of the Independent Panel on Best Practice Union Governance, Trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund, Foundation Chairperson of the Inner Metropolitan Regional Association of Councils and Councillor and Mayor of the City of Collingwood.

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