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A Dynamic and Inspiring Awards Launch. By ANDREW BLOCK

Like all Banksia functions, the recent 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards Launch at Ernst & Young in May was dynamic and inspiring. Conversations among attendees ranged from sustainable mobility programs to how disruptive technology fuels the purpose economy. But beneath it all was a message the wider business community needs to hear; that sustainable practises are not just for specialists, big corporates or environmentalists. Sustainability can and should be part of every Australian business and community, large or small. It doesn’t require a working group of experts in sustainable development or corporate social responsibility. The proof was right there in the...
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Insights on the idea behind our 2016 awards – innovation

Innovation underpins sustainable business, so it makes good sense to celebrate it as the key theme for the 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards. We’re also focusing on innovation because it deserves clarification. Innovation is a water cooler conversation word – overused and underappreciated. Every organisation wants to be seen as innovative because it makes them seem progressive, open, versatile and courageous, to name just a few worthy business characteristics. But not many are genuine innovators. Most are followers or at best, early adopters. Real innovators are pioneers – black sheep. They stand out because they are doing something different, often something...
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Sustainable Brands 2016 announces Sydney Schedule 04.04.16

4 April 2016 – In an Australian first, Sustainable Brands, the largest global community of sustainability and brand professionals, has announced a Sydney conference, to be held 27- 29th June. The three day conference, with a theme of HOW NOW will lead an agenda with an intent to educate, inspire and motivate cross-sector industries on how to build, integrate and leverage sustainability into their brands. The conference will bring together a range of business leaders to lead discussions and discover new opportunities to profitably innovate for sustainability. Those confirmed include Sally Uren, Forum for the Future CEO, Simon Mainwaring, We...
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Banksia welcomes Andrew Block to the team, 09.03.16

We’ve just launched the Banksia Blog, our new communication platform and are very excited to be able to welcome Andrew Block, our very own writer, to the Banksia team. Andrew will be blogging about all things Banksia; from the Banksia Sustainability Awards and associated events to Banksia’s committed sponsors and global sustainability trends. You’ll be able to catch Andrew’s first blog in April. Andrew Block is a copywriter with more than 20 years experience, including many years working for organisations focused on sustainability initiatives across infrastructure, community development and agribusiness. He is on the Banksia Sustainability Awards judging panel and contributed...
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