Gold Leaf Financial Services strongly believe that we have a responsibility to look after our environment. We have a number of sustainability initiatives including:
assisting our clients to invest ethically and supporting our clients goals to have a positive impact on their local environment and on worldwide environmental issues
minimising our energy and water usage and recycling.
sourcing organic, recycled and sustainable products and purchasing products and services from organisations who also have good sustainability initiatives.
we offer presentations at no cost to increase awareness of Ethical Investment
Our office is in the 60L Green Building in Carlton, owned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF). 60L is the premier sustainable commercial building in Australia, unique in its approach to energy and water consumption, and the use of recycled and re-used materials during construction. Learn more about the 60L green building on the ACF website. We have previously provided office space environmental NGO Climate for change.
Anne and John start an ethical investment
Anne is a nurse at the local hospital and John is a university professor. They have recently inherited $100,000 from Anne’s mother and would like to invest this for the future. They would also like to add some of their ongoing savings to this investment each month to grow their wealth long term.
Anne has seen many patients with smoking related illnesses, and one of her main ethical concerns is that she does not want to invest in tobacco companies such as Phillip Morris. John is concerned about climate change and would like to avoid companies with high carbon emissions such as fossil fuels. They have travelled over the years and both feel they are lucky to have grown up in Australia and they would like to support education and healthcare.
Anne and John met with a Gold Leaf Financial Planner, who helped them to established a diversified ethical investment portfolio that matches their values as well as their risk profile. After a number of years they have seen their investment grow to $180,000 and their adviser helps them keep on track, changing the investments from time to time in order to make sure the overall ethical investment portfolio is still right for their risk comfort level, their objectives and their ethical preferences. Anne and John are happy to know their money is “doing no harm” and supporting industries they value.