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Who We Are

Over the past decade, the importance of incorporating ESG values and impact investing into everyday decision-making has gone from a consideration to a core principle that stakeholders now demand from boards and executives.

Impact investing and an organisation’s ESG performance has a direct effect on most business activities, from its ability to recruit and retain top talent to its cost of capital. In the current climate, and with the COVID-19 pandemic revealing even more social, economic and gender inequality in the workplace, it’s never been a more pressing time to identify areas of improvement and evaluate your company’s environmental, social and governance considerations.

Seven Advisory looks at sustainability, labour rights, gender parity, corporate affairs, investor relations, disaster management and discrimination. We help businesses progress sustainably with authenticity, setting a purpose and defining the impact.

Seven Advisory will tailor make strategies to suit your company’s size, position, purpose and performance, with the goal to grow diversity, dependability, influence and optimism, as well as good overall economic health well into the future.

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Mary Delahunty - ESG Consultant
Meet Our Founder

Mary Delahunty

Mary Delahunty’s establishment of Seven Advisory comes from an experienced background in corporate and government roles. As former Head of Impact for HESTA since early 2013, Mary has been instrumental in campaigning for change where it’s needed, and has been vocal about many areas of big business that need urgent attention and accountability, including Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge and the dangers of tokenism.

As well as being a mother of three, Mary has held senior roles in financial services organisations for over 15 years and is passionate about progressing responsible impact investment practices. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a 2015 Churchill Fellow, Mary currently serves as a Board Member of 000, Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority. She was previously Chair of the Women’s Ministerial Advisory Council in Victoria, Chair of Reclink Australia, and former Mayor of the City of Glen Eira.

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ESG and Impact Consultant

Darcy Small

Darcy’s childhood, spent exploring the natural surrounds of his coastal home town, inspired a sustainability-focussed career. He studied renewable energy engineering under a Co-op Scholarship at UNSW and has worked on energy access projects in Australia, Africa and the South Pacific. In 2018 he co-founded Kua, an award-winning social enterprise which sells coffee to fund climate resilience programs in Uganda. Previously, Darcy has held roles as lecturer and tutor at the Centre for Social Impact, board director at Foundations for Tomorrow, Global Shaper and Australian delegate to the Youth G20 in Argentina.

At Seven Advisory, Darcy draws on these experiences to help clients design actional impact management frameworks and raise capital for sustainability-related outcomes. In his spare time, Darcy can be found practising Spanish or planning his next bikepacking trip.

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Our
Purpose_

We exist to progress authentic systemic change for a better, more equitable world. We use our collective skills and experience to help companies and investors to look beyond short-term financial returns, to see that ESG considerations, impact investing and financial returns enhance each other and to chart their path in creating sustainable rewarding outcomes for all stakeholders.

Our
Mission_

Seven Advisory has a very simple mission, to progress authentic system change for a better, more equitable world.  We challenge ourselves to be good stewards and think of the seventh generation – have we made their world better?

We work to advance gender equality, environmental outcomes and social progress. We believe the market has a role to play, that the movement of capital is crucial and we are here to help.

We are inspired by the words of Bishop Desmond Tutu:
“There comes a time where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in.”

That’s authentic system change – and that’s what we are here to do.

Why
'Seven'_

Seven is the number of completeness.

Seventh generation stewardship is the ancient notion that urges our generation to act in a way that benefits the seventh generation into the future.

Along with companies, cities and financial institutions, more than 130 countries have now set or are considering a target of reducing emissions to net zero by mid-century.

While net zero is a critical longer-term goal, steep emissions cuts – especially by the largest greenhouse-gas emitters – are imperative in the next 5 to 10 years in order to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 °C and safeguard a livable climate. Of the 191 Parties to the Paris Agreement, more than 150 Parties have so far submitted a new or updated national action plan – called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – as required by the agreement. Their planned combined emissions reductions by 2030 still fall far short of the level of ambition needed to achieve the 1.5 °C goal.

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