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Australia’s biggest sustainability celebration will forge ahead, with an extended entry deadline

Australia’s biggest sustainability celebration will forge ahead, with an extended entry deadline The Banksia Foundation’s 2020 Banksia Sustainability Awards will be the single, major sustainability awards in Australia during 2020. “Not even the biggest disruption to the global economy in 100 years can undo the most prestigious and longest-running sustainability awards in Australia,” says Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond. The closing date for nominations has been extended to Monday, 30 November to give Australian businesses and individuals that are adjusting to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic more time to submit their entry. “We’ve opened entries until the end of the year because we...
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Medium business: thinking big and small

Medium business: thinking big and small While often grouped with small business as part of the “SME” cohort, medium business has its own important part to play in sustainable development. If small business is the roots of sustainability, with its capacity for impact control, and large business is the treetop, able to scale its impact and influence over others, then medium business is the trunk. Sturdy,with its own power, medium business draws its strength from combining the abilities of small and large business to control direct impacts and influence actions within the value chain. As the corporate world seeks to...
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Winner of Australia’s leading sustainability award spotlights SDGs

 Winner of Australia’s leading sustainability award spotlights SDGs     A social, not-for-profit enterprise enabling progress towards 15 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has won gold at Australia’s foremost sustainability awards.  The 2019 Banksia Gold Award was won by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) at the Banksia Sustainability Awards ceremony in Sydney last night.  ISCA is a member based NFP and social enterprise operating across Australia and New Zealand. Its Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Scheme provides a common framework and language for sustainability requirements, which are now included as standard in all highly competitive project tenders.  ISCA...
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2019 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased

2019 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased Marine protection, sharing economies, green buildings, Indigenous employment and climate action feature strongly in the crop of finalists in the 2019 Banksia Sustainability Awards. The Banksia Foundation has today announced the shortlist for the awards, which spans 10 categories and celebrates sustainable development by businesses, communities, individuals and governments. The finalists include: A project using drones and artificial intelligence to protect endangered plants A holiday tour company which encourages travellers to adopt sustainable habits An Indigenous-led partnership delivering joint-management plans for state parks A local government using carbon offsets to restore...
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Banksia Foundation CEO inspires 90 young professionals and guests at the 10th edition of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge

Banksia Foundation CEO inspires 90 young professionals and guests at the 10th edition of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond will be warmly welcomed as the first keynote speaker at the kickoff event of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge 2019, on 21 October 2019. Being an expert in empowering sustainable change, she will motivate young professionals and audience alike to be bold, get into action and make the world a better place for everyone. Sustainability and leadership in a unique format The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is an eight-month development programme (August 2019 – April...
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Bright sparks shortlisted to tackle Australia’s traffic congestion

Bright sparks shortlisted to tackle Australia’s traffic congestion A ridesharing app, designated car spaces, commuter matchmaking and business networking opportunities are some of the creative carpooling ideas in the running for the $15,000 Banksia Ignite Enabler challenge. The Banksia Foundation, together with Transurban, has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Banksia Ignite Enabler challenge, which aims to generate crowd-sourced solutions to some of corporate Australia’s biggest sustainability issues. Transurban partnered in the initiative as a means of stimulating new carpooling ideas to ease traffic congestion. The organisation will reveal the winner at the Banksia Sustainability Awards in Melbourne on 29...
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Lord Howe Island biodiversity program wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award

Lord Howe Island biodiversity program wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award A comprehensive effort to protect, and in some cases re-establish, some of the world’s rare and endangered species, has won the top prize in the prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards. The Lord Howe Island Board’s project, Protecting Paradise, won the 2018 Banksia Gold Award, which recognises the “best of the best” of all category winners, at a ceremony in Melbourne. “The Banksia judges admired the way sustainability underpinned all the decisions made by the Lord Howe Island Board in managing the World Heritage-listed island,” says Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond....
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2018 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased

2018 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased Marine protection, sharing economies, green buildings, Indigenous employment and climate action feature strongly in this year’s crop of Banksia Sustainability Awards finalists.   The Banksia Foundation today announced the shortlist for the awards, which spans 10 categories and celebrates businesses, communities, individuals and governments that are driving change.   The finalists include: An Indigenous enterprise giving unwanted office furniture a new life Beer drinkers raising funds for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef A film sharing the plight of our oceans with a global audience An online platform supporting collaboration...
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Welcome to Banksia’s 30th Anniversary

Welcome to Banksia’s 30th Anniversary The first Banksia Awards Program stated our purpose in presenting the awards “to support, foster and inspire people to adopt a lifestyle that makes careful, sensitive and environmentally sound use of the earth’s natural resources” 30 years onwards the Banksia Awards will support, foster and inspire people under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our world has changed dramatically in 30 years and our understanding of a better future for the whole world has extended significantly from just protecting the earth’s natural resources. Our concept of good business practice, responsible leadership, innovative development and social responsibility...
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War on Waste wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award

War on Waste wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award War on Waste has won the highest Banksia Sustainability honour in Australia, the Gold Banksia Sustainability Award which recognises the ‘best of the best’ of all Banksia Sustainability award winners in 2017. The Banksia judges said that the ABC TV series, produced by KEO Films Australia, “created a groundswell of interest that soon turned to a tidal wave of action. It designed an innovative, winning formula that combined a credible yet relatable host that presented the facts in a way that made the issues feel real, relatable, and local to the viewers”....
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