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
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.
Three Sista’s is a social enterprise that provides support to the displaced and homeless via a private model of social housing accomodation in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. To help address this issue and provide a solution, Three Sista’s acquired a loan of $450,000 from Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA).
The Upper Murray Community Bakery is an initiative by Corryong Neighbourhood House (CNH) to increase employment and training opportunities in rural Victoria.
STREAT is a social enterprise that provides homeless and marginalised youth with a supported pathway from the streets to a sustainable livelihood in the hospitality industry. STREAT’s goals are to keep scaling its youth impact, and to reach financial self-sufficiency through growing its business operations.
Maths Pathway combines world class teacher training and support with a customised learning model that aims to address a decline in the maths competencies of school students by transforming the way the subject is taught in classrooms. In 2015, private investors and Foresters Community Finance provided $700,000 to help scale the business and take their learning module to more schools, teachers and students.
Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-Operative Ltd (trading as Hepburn Wind) built and operates Australia’s first community-owned wind farm in Leonards Hill, Victoria. Funded by the Victorian Government, Bendigo Bank, Embark Australia, and over 2,000 member shareholders, Hepburn Wind was established by the Hepburn Renewable Energy Association (now known as the Sustainable Hepburn Association – Renewing the Earth (SHARE)).
Windlab’s mission is to expand and develop the market for and use of wind-based renewable energy in Australia. Windlab identified the site of the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, secured debt and equity funding, and commenced construction of the Wind Farm in 2015.