Started in 2013, Ethical Property Australia (EP) provides co-located work spaces for socially and ethically driven enterprises, and delivers a social, environmental and financial return to investors. EP is a
Who Gives A Crap is a social enterprise dedicated to selling environmentally friendly toilet paper with 50% of profits going to sanitation projects overseas. Their vision is to combat poor sanitation and the diseases it brings in developing countries worldwide, by changing the buying habits of Australian consumers towards ethical toilet paper alternatives.
Eating Disorders Victoria accessed finance through Foresters to set up EDV Psychology as a ‘fee for service’ social enterprise to further the support provided by EDV and offer private psychology sessions for people experiencing eating disorders and related issues, as well as for family and friends who are supporting a loved one.
Hireup harnesses the power of technology to revolutionise the way Australians with disability find, hire and manage their own support workers. After producing a minimum viable product, it proved the need and applicability of the model. Hireup then raised $2.5 million via an impact investment in late 2015. The funds raised are helping Hireup to scale quickly and in lockstep with the national rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The National Australia Bank (NAB) Climate Bond was issued in December 2014 with proceeds ring-fenced for financing a portfolio of wind and solar energy projects across Australia. It represents the first time an Australian issuer has brought a green bond to the domestic market and it was also the first bank issued green bond certified under the Climate Bond Standard globally.
Sustain Community Housing is a social enterprise that brings a new approach to social and affordable housing. Sustain’s vision is to be innovative in providing sustainable community and affordable housing
Moxidectin, an important new drug for treating river blindness, has been developed for human use with Wyeth/Pfizer. The World Health Organization (WHO) has co-sponsored its development.
StartSomeGood is a leading crowdfunding platform for social change initiatives. A seed investment of $400,000 was put towards the further development of StartSomeGood in order to scale the capital flow to impactful projects.
Goodstart Early Learning is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to raise the quality of early learning, enable all children access to and inclusion in early childhood programs, and provide a financially secure business model to reinvest into quality, inclusion, advocacy and research initiatives. A landmark impact investment in Australia, it raised $95 million to acquire 678 childcare centres, through a combination of bank debt, government loans, subordinated notes and private investment.
The Newpin Social Benefit Bond is Australia’s first social bond, issued in 2013. A partnership between the New South Wales Government, Uniting Care and Social Ventures Australia, has funded the maintenance and expansion of Newpin, a program established in 2009 working to restore children in out-of-home care to their families, or prevent children from entering care in the first place.