Our Environmental, Social and Governance Statement
As a not-for-profit medical research organisation established in 1926 to support all Australians to live healthier for longer, we are firmly committed to equity, diversity and supporting healthy communities.
The core values of equity and diversity underpin our work with the high-risk communities where we operate and aim to drive change.
Our commitment to healthy communities includes examining how we operate and how our decisions impact others. It includes analysing our practices, ensuring that we are a socially responsible organisation and supporting advocacy efforts to develop healthy communities, in line with the expectations of our staff, students, board, supporters and the community.
To formalise our commitment, we have developed an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Statement.
Some of the initiatives that we are particularly proud of include:
- our strong research profile in health equity
- our work on emission reduction
- our contributions to developing an Aboriginal health research workforce
- the development of an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan
- being one of the first 15 organisations nationally to receive a Bronze Athena SWAN award for our work to improve gender equity and diversity in STEMM.
We also acknowledge that we can and must do better in several critical areas, including the number of senior female scientists at our Institute, engagement with patients and their carers, diversity on our board and management groups, and ensuring all staff feel empowered to drive change.