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Welcome to MOSS
Models of Success and Sustainability (MOSS) is an Australian based industry body for individuals, corporations, governments and not-for-profit organisations interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability. It fosters responsible business practices across the Asia Pacific region through education, training, networking, tools and advice - driving sustainability and competitive business success.
Our goal is to help oganisations embrace sustainability as a core component of their corporate strategy - opening the flood gates to new exciting sources of creativity and innovation that can lead to corporate social opportunities in the form of innovation in products and services, access to new markets, new business models (how products are conceived, developed, marketed, distributed, financed, staffed etc) which can be commercially very attractive. We can assist you with literally any aspect of sustainability from stakeholder engagement, community investment, resource efficiency measurement and reporting, helping to build green teams through to ensuring you are compliant in your CSR, Carbon and or EE Reporting. And for those who are more DIY - our resource library is extensive with reports, tools, templates, videos, podcasts and research papers covering virtually every subject.
What ever your role - if you have an interest in, or responsbility for any aspect of CSR or sustainability - we are here to help you make the best sustainability decisions for your business. Learn more...
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Become a MemberFuture proof your career and or business...Get connected...Build capacity...Expand your knowledge
by becoming part of our vibrant industry - one that's at the cutting edge of business and innovation.
Learn from industry experts and your peers, join international delegations and become a leader in Sustainability
...improve your profitability, become an employer of choice and explore how to adapt to a low carbon economy. Access our Members Only Resource Centre
with hundreds of reports, videos and podcasts
to aid your business case and professional development. Resources to help
you make the best sustainability decisions for your business
For convenience and ease of navigation we've listed topics under the 4 key impact areas of Workplace, Marketplace, Community and Environment.
All up there's over 30 subheadings ranging from Risk Management and Corporate Citizenship to the Business Case for Sustainability, Sustainability Trends even an indepth look at Eco-efficiency, Innovation and Technology.
Albert Einstein once said "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them", so join us to learn a new way - a way that will improve your economic, social and environmental performance and help us to build healthy vibrant sustainable businesses and communities for our children and future generations.
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Are you looking for products and services from reliable sources? Why not choose someone from our member directory!Discover the full listing here.
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MOSS supports the Blue Economy
When most people think about sustainability they think green - but green can still have it's negative implications as it's not always underpinned by holistic thinking. The UNEP for example describes the green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.
Practically speaking, a green economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes. This development path should maintain, enhance and, where necessary, rebuild natural capital as a critical economic asset and source of public benefits, especially for poor people whose livelihoods and security depend strongly on nature.
To sustain our world, key transformations will be needed in the areas of energy, transport, urban infrastructure, food and water - and because of the overlap of agendas, we will need systems solutions mobilizing financial and human capital.
We support the UN Green Economy Initiative which engages governments, institutions and individuals to promote this 'green' shift in economic thinking, investment and resource management - however we don't think the Green Economy goes far enough - which is why we also support the Blue Economy - a new more holistic system inspired by nature to lead future prosperity and job creation with zero waste solutions addressing social and environmental challenges.
"The Blue Economy is a progressive metamorphosis from the Green Economy. Based on the notion of thinking ahead so as to create more good, instead of less bad, it uses strategic, opportunity-driven rationale to connect the environmental, social and financial puzzle. It is a business response to a changing economic landscape in which resource depletion and social costs are unsustainable." BE Sustainable
Political leaders on all levels - city, state, national, regional - are starting to embrace both blue and green growth strategies.
Discover how you too can help improve your economic, social and environmental performance by embedding sustainability into corporate strategy. It's time to make AusPac companies more robust, profitable and competitive so join MOSS today to learn how!
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To access the MOSS Resource Centre, enter your membership details here...
If you are not a member and would like to learn how to become a member, click here
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Sustainability in Australia
The Australian Government established the National Sustainability Council in October 2012 as an independent, expert body to provide advice on sustainability issues. It reports to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. It's key role is to deliver a public report against the sustainability indicators for Australia every two years.
Its first report
was published in May 2013 and provides a picture of Australia - what we look like and who we are. It tells the story of how we have changed as a nation over the last 30 years. We have made great progress in many areas. Australians are living longer, our health and levels of educational attainment have improved. We have benefited from a strong economy, with low unemployment and increasing incomes. However, inequality has increased and the health of our natural environment has continued to decline in some key areas.
The report provides an evidence base for decision-making and planning about the future. It highlights a number of trends in Australia and the world that are set to have a significant impact on the next generation of Australians. It shows we need to plan for an ageing population, rising health costs, growing cities and changes in traditional work and family roles.
The National Sustainability Council intends to use the report, the first of its kind in Australia, as a starting point for a national conversation about our future. But like the Climate Commission, will this also now be abolished by the new Abbott Government? Only time will tell.
Education, Training, Tools, Resources and Recycling
MOSS provides an array of tools, workshops, audits, mentoring and consulting services to support C Suite Managers, Boards and consultants. Our lastest is How to Communicate Sustainability MasterClasses.
We've spent a lot time searching for the worlds best tools as well as collaborating with industry experts to develop tools that will help transition organisations to a low carbon economy and produce more robust and profitable businesses. Tools that will help organisations measure and reduce your water, waste, resources and energy use. Tools that helps local governments and developers in the early stage of planning and design of precincts, buildings and associated infrastructure. Tools that help educate schools and local communities on sustainability and tackle the challenge of climate change. Tools that will help mainstream and embed sustainability and assist reporting. Even tertiary qualified mentoring programs to help disadvantaged youth and nationally accreditated Stakeholder Engagement programs. To learn more - call us today on 03 987 99886.
Did you know there are over 23 million old and unused mobile phones stashed away in cupboards and drawers at home and work? If these phones were recycled the estimated greenhouse gas savings would be equivelent to planting 119,000 trees or taking 5,500 cars off the road. The materials recovered could make 5 million alumunium cans, 133,000 plastic fence posts and 40,000 gold wedding rings. If your organisation is looking for a simple way to help the environment
, how about you join the MobileMuster
and recycle your old phones!
Join a discussion, workshop or webinar and explore thought leadership and specialist views on a raft of topics. Whether you want to understand how to Comunicate Sustainability or Build Resilience into your Business, MOSS can assist you. Check out our events program here or talk to MOSS about designing a program specifically for your needs. Note MOSS is currently in hibernation for the beginning of winter planning a new range of resourses and courses to support individual and company growth, so don't dispair that there's not a large range of events currently posted. All will be revealed soon!
There's a plethorea of free resources available on our CSR and Sustainability Links page. Find out what others are doing in the world of CSR, ESG and Sustainable Development and much much more...or join and gain full access to our Member Resource Centre with hundreds of reports and programs to aid your business case, policies or program development to address areas of interest such as diversity, supply chain management, sustainable marketing and greenwashing, ethics, human rights management and much much more.
If you still want more...We are not big on reinventing the wheel, so rather than have our own book store or book review check out the latest array of book on CSR and Sustainability from CSR Wire covering a wide range of topics including books on sustainable investing, guidebooks on running a sustainable and ethical business, MBA guides and much more.
"The challenges we face with climate change are not challenges at all, but incredible opportunities. In fact, I believe it to be the greatest wealth creating opportunity of our generation as we move to a post-carbon economy." Jose-Maria Figueres, Businessman, Former President Costa Rica, and Chairman Carbon War Room.
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Become a CSR leader
"If you want to build a business to last, you must take Corporate Social Responsibility seriously. Talented employees demand it, informed customers expect it, and longterm investors will require it. Embedded in the business, CSR can be a source of creativity and innovation, leading to new products and services, access to new or under-serviced markets, or even new business models."
If you want information about Careers in CSR and Sustainability
- refer here
. Discover who's providing leadership
in the CSR and Sustainability space.
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70% of the population are confused by the messages companies use to talk about their CSR initiatives. Consumers demand transparency as the return on their emotional and economic investment in a brand so companies must learn how tell a compelling and authentic sustainability story. Discover how to break through the communication barriers by attending one of our How to Communicate Sustainability Masterclasses.
BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Survey 2013. Discover insights on the world of sustainable business and track the successes and challenges faced by corporate responsibility professionals highlighted by the fact CSR and Sustainability functions are still not mastering their communication skills.
How to follow the paths of sustainability trailblazers. Weinreb releases Pioneers of Sustainability: Lessons from the Trailblazers. Discover insights, early stories, and advice from Paul Hawken,
Ray Anderson, Michael Porter,
Peter Senge and Lee Scott More...
Harvard uses ancient chinese philosophy to teach ethics and change lives. Forget what your good at, discover where your passion lies and lead from the heart. More...
UNEP report finds 2020 global emissions would be 18-27% above level required to limit warming to 2░C - and that's if countries deliver on their pledges. Read more...
How science is telling us all to revolt. Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data - and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions. Read this extraordinary thought provoking piece by Naomi Klein...
Business and government received an unambiguous message with the latest IPCC Report.
The report, which draws on input from 800 experts from 40 countries, confirms that the world is warming faster than expected, with climate-related impacts on the rise. More...
Consumers redefine consumption. A new global consumer study confirms the rise of nearly 2.5 billion consumers globally who are uniting style, social status and sustainability values to redefine consumption. More...
Germany takes leadership stand on renewables. Chancellor Angela Merkel and opposition parties want to shut down the nation's nuclear power plants, wean the country from coal and promote a wholesale shift to renewable energy sources. More...
Sustainability needs to be in a company's DNA. MOSS Strategic Advisor Dr Martin Blake talks to Eco-Business as part of their leadership series.
Global climate transformation requires Trillions in investments. Aussie James - Cameron Chair of Climate Change Capital shares his views on the pending global agreement, where to find economic growth and more...
Order Within Chaos: A New Business Paradigm Inspired by Nature. The economic, social and environmental volatility now facing business means organizations have to operate in a dynamically transforming landscape. Organizations inspired by nature are resilient, optimizing, adaptive, systems-based, values-based, and life-supporting. Discover the fundamentals that drive it...
2013 State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets report shows in a global economy where policy solutions in support of these markets are slow to be implemented, many private companies are voluntarily internalizing the price of carbon in their business activities. 90% of offset volumes were contracted by the private sector - where corporate social responsibility and industry leadership were primary motivations for offset purchases. In general, voluntary demand for carbon offsetting grew 6% in 2012 More...
Under new British Government rules, local planning authorities are required to make sure new developments are energy efficient, and all new homes will be required to be zero carbon from 2016. The government is considering extending this to include all other buildings from 2019. Wouldn't it be wonderful if our local governments took at leaf out of their book!
The 3% Solution: Driving Profits Through Carbon Reduction. Many of the world's leading companies have made major strides in addressing climate change over the last decade. By establishing climate targets, they pushed themselves to look harder at energy waste and found money lying on their factory floors. These success stories have been celebrated, but far more needs to be done to avoid the dangerous and irreversible risks to society and businesses from climate change as global temperatures continue to rise. A billiant new report from WWF and CDP helps U.S. businesses chart a new path forward. This path is tremendously profitable, practical and helps curb climate change and equally relevant for Australian business.
Obama enters impact investing arena with new program to spur economic growth and job creation through enterprises that reflect the triple bottom line of social, economic and environmental performance. More...
Shifting global investments to clean energy. When President Barack Obama announced the country's first national climate strategy, many people wondered what it would mean across the nation. Yet, the strategy may carry even more significant implications overseas. The plan restricts US government funding for most international coal projects. More...
Six Growing Trends in Corporate Sustainability. One key findings of this Ernst and Young report is how the sustainability focus in a growing number of companies is moving from eco-efficiency efforts to a discussion concerning risk reduction and mitigation. As with other sustainability and CSR issues, language is critical and sustainability executives need to learn how to translate the issues they are tracking into the language of enterprise risk management.
Resource productivity could meet up to 30% of the global demand for natural resources by 2030 if we have a resource revolution. Without it, we all face the prospect of damage to global growth, welfare, and the environment. Just 15 areas, from more energy-efficient buildings to improved irrigation, could deliver 75 percent of the potential for higher resource productivity. Learn more...
For more sustainability news The Spring edition of MOSS News Views and Events is out now.
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