Wednesday 7 December 2022 – La Trobe Financial today announced a two year partnership with Taronga Conservation Society Australia (Taronga), highlighting its ESG commitments (including to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) by supporting endangered species.

Taronga Zoo, an iconic and heritage-listed site, is more than 100 years old and has a long history of helping wildlife. Through Taronga’s breed and release and rehabilitation programs, more than 50,000 animals have been released back into the wild.  In alignment with its commitment to conservation, Taronga also cares for more than 4,000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened or endangered. Taronga also supports over 60 conservation projects across the globe.

Chris Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at La Trobe Financial commented “we are pleased to partner with Taronga.  The work Taronga undertakes behind the scenes is vital and increasing in importance. The catastrophic events of 2019 and 2020, including bushfires and floods, had a devastating effect on our community and our wildlife and remind us we all need to play our part to protect the environment.  This partnership is a natural addition to our existing ESG program”.

La Trobe Financial’s partnership with Taronga will include support for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. Taronga has been a key player in the National Recovery Plan for more than two decades, with more than 300 birds bred and released back into woodland ecosystems, however more must be done to secure the future of this significant species.

Cameron Kerr AO, Chief Executive Officer at Taronga  said, “we believe firmly that we all have a role to play in securing a future for wildlife and people. Over the past few years, we have seen a rapid acceleration in the decline of our environment with events such as the Black Summer bushfires having a devastating impact on animals and ecosystems and reminding us of the urgent need to take action.”

“Good conservation happens in collaboration, which is why partnerships, whether that be with individuals and governments or with organisations like La Trobe Financial are so important in setting a course for the future,” said Kerr.

La Trobe Financial is certified carbon neutral for its Australian operations and this partnership, spearheaded through its ESG program, will play a key role in delivering on La Trobe Financial’s sustainability commitments.

About La Trobe Financial

Established in 1952 and with currently over $16 billion of assets under management, La Trobe Financial is one of Australia’s oldest credit asset managers, specialising in credit investment solutions and real estate finance. La Trobe Financial has been a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors for seven decades, operating Australia’s largest retail Credit Fund c. $9 billion in assets under management and c. 85,000 retail investors.

La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL to operate the Credit Fund, place RMBS issuances, and provide credit services.

La Trobe Financial Services Pty Limited ACN 006 479 527 Australian Credit Licence 392385.

For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com

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