About | Mentor | Madeline Combe

Madeline Combe

After completing a Masters of Sustainability in 2019 at Sydney University, I began working in corporate sustainability at the Sydney Opera House before transitioning into the finance sector where I took up a position with Refinitiv, an ESG data provider, in a market development and ESG engagement function. Currently, I work in community engagement/business development for a social impact start up in the disability sector.

PROFILE

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Technology Sydney and a Masters of Sustainability from Sydney University, my passion for the natural world has been a long and enduring one. It is a privilege to say that the last seven years of my career has been the adventure of a lifetime. From working on marine conservation in the Maldives and Thailand to community development and wildlife rehabilitation in Costa Rica, South Africa and Bolivia, the knowledge and insight gained from my travels has profoundly impacted my understanding of the world in all its beauty and chaos. Closer to home, my work in design and innovation, business development, corporate sustainability, ESG and the disability sector has been incredibly empowering; a welcomed contrast to the struggle and tragedy that was an unfortunate reality of my time abroad working within vulnerable and highly exploited communities.

Needless to say, we live in a very fortunate country and this is an incredibly exciting time for us as a sector, a nation and a global citizen. As we know, the next few decades are critical for humanity, so let’s get to work and build something absolutely fabulous together!

Oh, and when I’m not doing the above, you can find me: scrounging for market bargains, tending to my worm farm or practicing my trumpet.

 

 

RECENTLY REVIEWED BY MADELINE COMBE

New nature economy report II: The future of nature and business

18 July 2020
This report provides an applicable agenda for businesses to contribute to the development of practical roadmaps that address the most important drivers of nature loss and build a nature-positive future. It is the second part of a three-part New Nature Economy Report series.
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Sleeping giants: Are bond investors ready to act on climate change?

31 January 2019
This bond investor report by ShareAction highlights the key findings from 22 interviews involving key financial actors based in Europe. The interviews explore their thoughts on the opportunities and responsibilities that exist for bond investors in relation to climate change and climate-related risks.
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The little book of investing in nature

11 January 2021
Governments and investors are increasingly aware of their responsibility in promoting biodiversity through finance. This book features a comprehensive guide to developing sustainable investment strategies and planning, investment activities to pursue and avoid, case studies of current and past efforts, and an overview of the investment options which promote biodiversity.
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Biodiversity: Unlocking natural capital value for Australian investors

Commissioned by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), this report has been produced to support the Australian investment community's understanding of how biodiversity loss presents a risk to their portfolios. It provides recommendations about actions that Australian investors can take in response to this risk, in preparation for the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).
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Biodiversity insight 2021

30 November 2021
Environmental Finance's Biodiversity Insight 2021 publication features articles and expert insight into numerous planned and active biodiversity-related initiatives occurring in the global financial sector. Each article discusses a public or private entity’s development, focus, strategy, and ambition of an initiative aiming for greater inclusion of biodiversity conservation in finance.
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Finance for biodiversity: Guide on biodiversity measurement approaches

This guide features six measurement approaches for financial institutions to assess their financial and investment activities’ impacts on biodiversity. It aims to assist financial institutions in developing a suitable impact assessment strategy and provides a comprehensive overview of each measurement approaches’ qualities, strategies, and features.
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Global sustainable investment review 2020

This report maps the state of sustainable investment in the global financial markets and demonstrates that sustainable investment is a major force that is shaping the global capital markets. It also highlights the rapid developments within sustainable investment industry and emphasises moving the industry towards best standards of practice.
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Finance and biodiversity: Overview of initiatives for financial institutions

In collaboration with international organisations, the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge has developed an overview of the main biodiversity-related initiatives currently targeting financial institutions. The Overview features a summary of twelve major initiatives and defines its key activities, collaboration, delivery, and goals it aims to achieve.
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Handbook for nature-related financial risks: key concepts and a framework for identification

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has created this handbook and a framework for the identification of nature-related financial risks. It builds on the Dasgupta Review of the economics of biodiversity, enabling financial institutions to begin embedding nature into mainstream financial models, risk frameworks, and portfolio strategies.
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Healthy competition: Why the safest bet for investors is healthier retail markets and how to get there

11 March 2020
This second briefing report explores ShareAction’s Healthy Markets campaign, featuring the UK food retailers most exposed to the childhood obesity agenda. The brief is designed to inform and support investor stewardship and company engagement through an analysis of their disclosure policies and practices for healthy eating.
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RECENTLY PUBLISHED BY MADELINE COMBE

Point of no returns - a ranking of 75 of the world’s largest asset managers’ approaches to responsible investment

31 March 2020
In this first of a series of reports released by ShareAction, 75 of the worlds largest and most influential asset management companies from across Europe, the United States, Africa and the Asia Pacific are ranked according to an analysis of their performance on stewardship, transparency and governance.
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The impact principle: Widening participation and deepening practice for impact investment at scale

Developed from the contributions of The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) working group and case studies, this report aims to accelerate and scale impact investment. Split into two sections, the first explores priorities for action to drive positive impact and the second assists actors to translate the priorities into action.
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Climate-related risk scenarios for the 2050s: Exploring plausible futures for aquaculture and fisheries in New Zealand

Adopting an organisational risk lens, this report explores the potential extent and interconnectedness of climate-related impacts to New Zealand Fisheries through two, alternate scenarios (reflecting 2ºC and 4ºC of global warming) set in the year 2050. The report aims to support strategic decision making about sustainable utilisation of New Zealand's ocean resources.
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RECENTLY POSTED BY MADELINE COMBE

What's the TNFD?

7 September 2022

The Task Force on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) provides a framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks and opportunities, thus supporting a shift in global financial flows away from nature-negative outcomes and toward nature-positive outcomes. This article provides an update on the development of the TNFD and explains why it matters to investors.

ESG 101

11 August 2022

ESG stands for environmental, social and (corporate) governance, which spans a diverse range of issues from climate change, biodiversity and pollution (E) to human rights, diversity and employee engagement (S) to remuneration, board composition, and risk management (G).

Investing in Australian Livestock Agriculture: With strong headwinds closing in, do the risks outweigh the rewards?

11 August 2022

For investors in Australian livestock, significant headwinds have begun closing in; a changing climate, the spread of animal borne diseases, the rise of antibiotic resistance, animal welfare concerns, and the growth in alternative protein markets all point to a future fraught with uncertainty.