Represented by Christina Hobbs
How does your organisation address climate change?
In 2018, Zoe, Alex, and I (Christina) came together because we knew that it was time to build something bold and audacious: the first Australian superannuation fund to be founded by women, led by women, and tailored for women.
We felt an urgency to bring Verve to life because we were sick of the status quo: a 35% super gap between men and women, elderly Australian women retiring into poverty, and Big Banks and super funds plagued by scandals.
We wanted ethical, trustworthy, and supportive financial services for women, now. And we wanted the opportunity for women to control capital to invest in the more compassionate, sustainable, and healthy future we all want, now. This includes a climate-safe future.
Verve was founded with the knowledge that it’s not enough for individual women to succeed, but rather we must work together to redefine what economic success looks like, to ensure it’s sustainable, inclusive, and equitable for all.
Today Verve is a flourishing community of thousands of women joined by men and non-binary folk who identify with our mission. And now it’s the ideas and enthusiasm of our members that set the direction of where we go next.
What is your organisation doing to create a better future?
Verve does not invest in fossil fuels or their derivatives. We invest in renewable energy projects that empower and support community development. We are currently working on a project this year that will enable more people to invest ethically - keep an eye out for an announcement on our website later this year!