Creating career pathways for women at risk of gender-based violence in Mexico, harnessing Indigenous cultural knowledge to conserve local environments in Australia, and helping protect and restore local habitats in the UK and Czech Republic are
just some of the targeted outcomes of projects that IFM is supporting through our 2021 Infrastructure Community Grants Program.
The program, now in its third year, was designed with the aim of promoting collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships between our portfolio companies and local community organisations. Successful proposals clearly demonstrated planned
work with a local community organisation to protect and conserve the local environment or create employment pathways for underrepresented members of the community, or both.
Eight projects across Europe, North America and Australia have been selected to each receive up to AU$40,000 in funding. Successful 2021 program grant projects are:
*Instituto para la Investigación de los Derechos Humanos y los Estudios de Género A.C. (Institute for Human Rights Research and Gender Studies A.C.)
Over 24 grant applications were received for the 2021 program. The grants were assessed against detailed criteria by a diverse team of volunteers from within IFM, representing all operational regions and a range of business and investment teams.
At IFM we value the connection and mutually beneficial relationships and community resilience that our portfolio companies aim to build and maintain through these grassroots projects. The sustainability of communities where we invest is essential
for IFM to deliver on our purpose, which is to protect and grow the long-term retirement savings of working people around the world. We are proud to provide these grants, and we are excited to see the environmental and social benefits they
are aiming to create.
2020 Community Grant ProgramFor details of the nine projects we supported through our 2020 community grants program, please read our 2021 Responsible Business Report. These projects included a social enterprise employing people with a disability in the Czech Republic, supporting seafarers’ wellbeing at Australian ports, and environmental
initiatives to improve water quality in waterways in Spain, the UK and Australia.
Joined in 2016
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) (Latrobe University), PhD (Econometrics) (Monash University).
Alex is IFM Investors’ Chief Economist and has more than a decade of experience in the field. He is responsible for the firm’s economic, financial market and policy analysis and forecasting. Alex is also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining IFM Investors, Alex was the Australian Chief Economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, Alex was responsible for providing economic insight and forecasts across asset classes and conveying these views to both domestic and global investors. Alex was also previously a Senior Economist at the ANZ Bank.
On 10 March 2021, the European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations (SFDR) became effective.
The goal of this regulation is to create harmonised rules for financial market participants and financial advisers regarding the integration of sustainability risks in investment decision-making, and the consideration of adverse impacts
in investment decisions on sustainability factors.
At IFM, in seeking to act in the best interests of our investors, we pursue financial returns that aim to both protect and grow the long term value of their investments, and contribute to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing
of the communities in which they live. As a result of this investment ethos, and in accordance with EU’s SFDR, IFM is sharing the relevant environmental and social considerations with our European investors in relation to relevant
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