Banksia Awards 2013 launched
23 May 2013
Banksia Foundation launched the 2013 Banksia Awards on 16 May at a breakfast hosted by Banksia's major sponsor, the GPT Group in Sydney. Guest speakers included Matthew Faddy from the GPT Group and Niall Doran from the Bookend Trust (2012 Banksia winners of the GPT Community Grant). John Valastro from Qantas (2012 Banksia winners of the Large Business category) announced the new sponsorship of the Banksia International Award category. SBA CEO Andrew Petersen closed the breakfast with a warm welcome of SBA's new partnership with Banksia. Read more...
Climate Change Matters
22 May 2013
As both political parties remain committed to achieving our national emissions reduction target set at 5% of 2000 emissions levels, carbon and energy will continue to require strategic management. Energetics has just distributed a newsletter outlining the major announcements in Tuesday's Federal budget that relate to carbon and energy management, and the Opposition's Budget reply.
Global Award Winner
16 May 2013
Australia's National Atlas of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDEs) has been
awarded with the 2013 Geospatial World Application Excellence Award for
Environment Protection and Monitoring at the Geospatial World Forum in Rotterdam,
The Netherlands. The GDE Atlas was developed by a team consisting of leading
projects firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), and Australia's national science agency,
CSIRO. Read more...
EPLA Twilight Seminar
28 May 2013
The Government's White Paper, A New Planning System for NSW, was released for public comment on 16 April 2013.
This Seminar offers an opportunity both to be informed about how the new System is intended to work and also to provide direct feedback to the Department.
The Natural Capital Approach: Valuing Goods and Services from the Natural Environment
Special International Masterclass
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth
A brand new one-day ACCSR workshop, sponsored by NAB, to be held during June with International Environment and Strategy expert, Cornis Van der Lugt. Learn how to value the natural environment in business management and reporting systems.
Members News cont'd
Acresta announces Pangolin Associates as strategic channel partner
6 May 2013
Acresta, owner of leading sustainability software solution CarbonView, has announced the appointment of Pangolin Associates as a strategic channel partner within the Australia market. The appointment by Acresta of this leading provider of energy, carbon and sustainability consultancy services comes as the company moves to consolidate its position at the forefront of Australia's carbon, energy and sustainability software solutions market. Read more...
2013 Banksia Awards
Entries now open.
Why social responsibility is smart business
It is that season again... the American corporate earnings season and activist shareholders will demand their CEOs demonstrate how corporate social responsibility programs benefit them.
Even after 40 years of corporate social responsibility in America and Australia, many still believe it adds nothing to, or even worse, reduces shareholders' profits. But Milton Friedman's description of corporate social responsibility as "hypocritical window dressing" only being acceptable if it "cloaks self-interest" is wrong.
The faith of Americans and to a certain extent Australians in institutions has faltered, and they now expect transparency, social responsibility and two-way communication far exceeding what was demanded in the past.
Research by Michael Barnett, Vice Dean of the Rutgers Business School, reveals that firms with the highest corporate social performance also have the highest financial performance, as long as they establish credibility with stakeholders by making a commitment to social investments over time. Read more...
China Emissions Cap Proposal hailed as climate breakthrough by Giles Parkinson, RenewEconomy
22 May 2013
Energetics' Jonathan Jutsen on Budget and value to business of Clean Tech Grant programs
15 May 2013
Budget disappointments highlight carbon and renewable policy strengths: The Climate Institute
15 May 2013
SBA Welcomes National Sustainability Council's Inaugural Report
9 May 2013
SBA Calls on Australian Government to Send Signal to the EU
17 April 2013
Siemens Green Technology Journalism Award 2013
17 April 2013