Sustainability & Environment

Overview

A sustainable future is fundamental to our vision for Australia. Environmental sustainability is one of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund's five core values while climate is one of the two abiding themes of the current (FY19-23) strategic plan. Environmental sustainability is the remit of The Myer Foundation philanthropy.

In the FY19–23 strategic period, TMF is taking a portfolio approach to advance its commitment to environmental sustainability and addressing climate change. TMF’s portfolio strategy focuses on a suite of levers working together to achieve the systemic change in Australia required to meet the UN’s environmental and climate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the transition to net zero emissions by 2050.

Seven levers of change are targeted in the current strategic period:
• public policy: developing collaborative, strategic and effective policy actions
• financial markets: using the ‘weight of money’ to drive the shift to low emissions
• education & awareness: educating and informing key demographic sectors using trusted, credible voices
• political discourse: fostering leadership within state and federal governments and key constituencies
• business & industry: encouraging markets to take direct action and influence the policy agenda
• social movements: activating new and strategic constituencies or sectors
• strategic litigation: a rights-based approach to achieve ambitious and systemic outcomes.

The portfolio strategy encompasses grantmaking for organisations that take discrete but complementary approaches to affecting change. The Myer Foundation is also using its corpus to influence action by increasing its ESG (environmental, social, governance) investment to 100 percent by November 2022.

The Myer Foundation's transition to 100 percent sustainable investing

In 2020, The Myer Foundation undertook a significant portfolio restructure to fast track our goal to achieve 100 percent ESG aligned investments by 2022. We are now rapidly approaching this goal, two years ahead of schedule. Read more.

Sustainability & Environment Program Grantmaking

The Sustainability & Environment Committee’s focus area for the current strategic period supports organisations that seek to influence key stakeholders to take action on climate change. The Committee supports organisations with diverse but complementary approaches to mobilising key audiences or sectors that influence the decision makers - or are the decision makers themselves - who can act to address climate change and achieve policy reform. The organisations that the Committee supports are working with audiences that influence the systemic 'step change' change required in Australia to achieve 50 percent emissions reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. 

In line with The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund’s strategic pillar of organisations, multi-year grants will be made to support organisations whose purpose and work as a whole align with the focus area.  Organisations must also meet a range of other eligibility criteria. Note that projects, programs and/or campaigns are not supported in the current strategic period.

To date, the following organisations have been awarded grants:

The Sustainability & Environment Program does not accept unsolicited applications. Should you believe your organisation’s work as a whole aligns with the focus area please send a brief email to admin@myerfoundation.org.au for the attention of the Program Manager.