Welcome to the July 2007 Newsletter

There is no doubt Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability is still in its infancy in Australia. However, the move towards carbon neutrality, ethically sound products as well as the need to increase competitive advantage, protect and raise brand awareness and build trust with customers and employees is seeing a flurry of activity and new initiatives. This month's MOSS newsletter provides a snap shot of industry news, views and events. We hope you enjoy it!

MOSS :: Industry news

Climate Change leads today's CSR agenda! Let us help you understand the risks and responsibilities of climate change...

There is no question climate change is at the forefront of both business and government discussions. Big business are working to reduce their impact on the environment, however many are asking what is their risk as they go about their day to day affairs. Local and state governments are working to ensure better water management, more efficient public transport etc yet don't fully understand their risk and responsibilities. The Federal Government are working to establish a carbon trading scheme by 2012 whilst the opposition are looking to introduce one by 2010. So to help shed light on climate change litigation, legislation and voluntary initiatives leading Australian Law Firm DLA Phillips Fox and MOSS are combining to run a series of workshops across Australia to help you"Explore the risk and responsibilities associated with climate change".

This will be a must attend event for CEO's, COO's General Managers, Company Directors, CFO's, COO's, CSR Managers, Environmental and Sustainability Managers, Risk Managers, Public Affairs teams and executives commissioned with designing environmental strategy and or fulfillment from multi-nationals, SME's, local, state and federal government.

Rupert Murdoch leads News Corporation into a carbon neutral future.
Chairman of News Corp has announced that climate change poses clear, catastrophic threats and pledging to become carbon neutral, across all businesses, by 2010. click here for the full speech.

Want to be trained by Al Gore to be a climate messenger?
The Climate Project Australia in partnership with ACF is calling for applications. 170 people will be chosen from across Australia to be trained by Former US Vice President Al Gore September 21 - 23 in Melbourne. Last year I was privileged to be one of 84 people trained and I can personally recommend this opportunity to anyone passionate about educating others about the inconvenient truth of climate change. click here to register or refer www.acfonline.org.au/ for details.

Is CSR just too much hot air?
Well known philanthropist and businessman Harold Mitchell, AO recently delivered the 2007 Brookes Oration at Deakin University. If you want to know what local business leaders are thinking - click here for a copy of the address. Our thanks to Harold Mitchell and Deakin University for permission to post this address.

QLD Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Industries Awards
Congratulations go out to Jim McKnoulty, chair of Conics Ltd who received the Premier's Award for Leadership in Business Sustainability at the second annual EPA Sustainable Industries Awards, which celebrates innovative environmental practices in Queensland. Click here for a full list of winners!

Did you know every tonne of paper recycled saves 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 4100kw of Electricity, 4m3 of landfill and 31, 370 litres of water!
In recent weeks MOSS has been approach by several companies looking to build a business case on why they should recycle paper and why they should buy recycled paper. Have a look at A Guide to Recycling at Work by Paper to Paper. Click here to download.

Natural Resource Think-Tank celebrates 25 years
The Rocky Mountains Institute established by L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins celebrates it's 25th anniversary of challenging conventional thinking, cutting-edge research, and consulting in areas such as energy efficiency, building design, transportation, sustainable communities, and security. Click here for an interview with Amory Lovins.

Here's how you can better satisfy customers' needs, increase profits, and help solve environmental problems all at the same time.
For decades, environmentalists have been warning that human economic activity is exceeding the planet's limits. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins, is the first book to explore the lucrative opportunities for businesses in an era of approaching environmental limits. Click here for free excerpts.

Have a Look at Australian Stories of Sustainable Innovations
Journalist and friend of MOSS, Valerie Khoo, has released a book titled Australian Innovation: Towards a Sustainable Future introducing readers to leading examples of sustainable innovations in Australia. Sections in the book investigate the new technologies and initiatives being road-tested across Australian communities, companies and government departments in improving energy efficiency while increasing profit margins. To sample the book click here.

Global Green Jobs Initiative now part of agenda of ILO
The International Labour Organization (ILO) wrapped up its 96th annual labour conference in Geneva, Switzerland, urging its 3000 delegates to develop policy tools for a global "Green Jobs Initiative" aimed at achieving an environmentally-sustainable process of development. The Conference Committee on Sustainable Enterprises also delivered their report which found sustainable enterprises as a source of growth, wealth creation, employment and decent work. For more, click here.

Charity giving on the rise in Australia
According to an annual report released June 7 by the Queensland University of Technology's Centre for Philanthropy - Tax Deductible Giving in 2004-05, the generosity of individual Australians is on the rise. Australians in 2005 had donated $307.32 million or 26.39 per cent of the previous year. View the findings here.

SVA celebrates 5th Anniversary with the release of "The Circle"
In celebrating their fifth year in business, Social Ventures Australia a national social investment group for non-profits, have launched The Circle magazine. Symbolising continuous evolution, community, commonality, our globe and balance - connecting heads to hearts. It features many of Australia's most respected social observers and industry leaders. Get your free copy by emailing info@socialventures.com.au or read excepts of the magazine here.

Social Innovation - The New Buzzword Introduced by Unilever CEO
In a recent speech, Unilever Group CEO, Patrick Cescau introduced to the business term social innovation, aimed at addressing the changing consumer market. Defined as "finding new products and services that meet not only the functional needs of consumers for tasty food or clean clothes but also their wider aspirations as citizens", it emphasises the point that the consumers are now using their conscience in deciding what they buy and what they will boycott -causing businesses to re-evaluate their marketing and branding methods. Read his speech about this and other CSR issues here.

Green Pages Design and Media Awards - Giving Your Business the Green Light
Green Pages Australia, the company that publishes the Green Pages, a comprehensive directory of over 2000 environmentally sustainable products and services for the corporate sector, are asking for entries for design and media awards which will coincide with the launch of the 2008 Lifestyle directory.To be in the running for Best Written Word; Best Image; Best Marketing Campaign; Best Website; and Best Industrial Design, nominations can be applied for here.

MOSS :: Movers and shakers

Here's a few recent industry appointments.

Julie Pollard has been appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer for Volunteering Australia for the next five months. Prior to this, Pollard was General Manager of Marketing and Communications with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Australia.

Vicki Wilder was recently appointed to Senior Advisor, Risk Management for Western Power. Vicki Also sits on the Western Power's Green Edge Team.

Jane McGuire has recently been appointed Corporate Responsibility Coordinator Corporate Affairs for HBOS Australia. Jane recently played a major role in assisting MOSS to gain interest in the establishment of a WA Chapter. We look forward to working with Jane and many of the WA CSR practioners and leading businesses as we move forward with a team in WA.

Our best wishes to Emily Albert who's headed up the Corporate Responsibility Index at the St James Ethic Centre for the last couple of years. She's off overseas to study her MBA at INSEAD. Good Luck with your studies Emily. We welcome Julia Lipton who will now take the lead on the CRI.

Leading office appliance manufacturer Ricoh Australia has become the latest foundation member of the CSIRO's Sustainable Communities Initiative - a multi-stakeholder partnership developing and delivering innovative solutions to meet sustainable social, economic and environmental vitality in Australian communities. Other members are the Department of Environment and Water Resources, Westpac, Insurance Australia Group, Harvey Norman and GRM International.

Have you ever noticed how many times job ads or tenders ask for someone with integrity, ethics, high professional standards and commitment to the organisations values?
What do organisations actually mean by this. As promised, this month we take a look at Ethics and your Employability. Click here to hear what Rosemary Sainty from CAREERETHICS says about this emerging trend.

MOSS:: Reports out this month

Coca-Cola Amatil Chairman David Gonski AO recently launched their first sustainability report, Citizenship@CCA 2006. The report documents the company's achievements in the Environment, Marketplace, Workplace and Community. One of the highlights is the work they are doing to save water across its 15 Australian operations, and the company believes it has achieved world's best practice for its industry in water efficiencies. Citizenship@CCA is available on [Error with email script: Must use either the format {EMAIL a@b} or {EMAIL firstname lastname}].

Coca-Cola HBC has also publishes its 4th annual Corporate Responsibility Report (CSR) for 2006 where it will address concerns about climate change by reducing their "carbon footprint". The Company is now fully in compliance with all applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The full report can be obtained on the company's website at [Error with email script: Must use either the format {EMAIL a@b} or {EMAIL firstname lastname}]

Animal rights group and MOSS member, Voiceless has published a report on animal-derived food product labeling in Australia entitled From Label to Liable: Scams, Scandals and Secrecy. According to Voiceless director, Brian Sherman AM: "The current regime of animal-derived food product labeling in Australia leaves consumers ill-informed about where their food comes from and fails to provide them with the confidence to make ethical choices at the supermarket."

The Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released Mitigation of Climate Change, the fourth assessment report by this United Nations body. Representing an advanced assessment with new scientific findings, it reveals that significant reductions in emissions can still correlate with a strong economy. Click here to read the report.

UK-owned international supermarket chain Tesco, have committed itself to huge goals in its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2006/07. CEO Sir Terry Leahy says Tesco is taking responsibility in tackling climate change, by aiming to halve all existing stores and distribution centre's emissions by 2020. To view their full report online click here.

Marks & Spencer has published its fourth annual CR Report - How We Do Business 2007 - available here
The Report includes performance updates against 22 targets set out last year, and features the first publication of the company's ambitious Plan A 100 commitments on climate change, waste, sustainable raw materials, fair partners and health. These commitments forming the basis of key performance indicators used in future reporting.

Rabobank's Annual Sustainability Report is out with climate change and making production chains in the Food and Agri sector sustainable the emerging focal fields in their CSR work. An interactive version of the report can be found here.

General Electric (GE) has just released it's 2007 Citizenship Report. The citizenship report is available at www.ge.com/company/citizenship and the ecomagination report at www.ge.com/company/citizenship/ecomagination/index/html.

Leading international financial services group Prudential has released its fifth annual CSR report. Acting Responsibly. To see what they have achieved in the last year, view the report here.

Ethical Corporation has recently published a report discussing the way how technology such as blogging, online training and games is revolutionising corporate responsibility. www.ethicalcorp.com/tech/Click here for a copy of the report.

Building materials group Lefarge have launched their Sustainability Report which identifies a number of ambition targets by 2012 relating to emerging economies; climate change; development, health and safety of employees; customers; and sourcing of raw materials. www.ethicalperformance.net/Lafarge_sustainablereport.html Click here for the report.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has issued its 2006 Corporate Citizenship Report detailing its achievements of last year which include maintaining a record low number of oil spills, reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and its plan to tackle risk posed by the growing international greenhouse gas emissions problem. View the report at www.exxonmobil.com/citizenship

In releasing their fiscal 2005-2006 Corporate Responsibility Report Nike has set out a number of business targets for 2011 which will embed CSR into every facet of its company. Visit www.nikeresponsibility.com to have a look.

Members in construction industry will find the annual CSR report by Greek-owned cement manufacturer Titan useful. Titan, an active participant of the UN Global Compact Initiative and its subsidiary Separation Technologies, have made significant inroads specialising in recycling waste from coal-burning power plants and developing more environmentally friendly products for the construction industry. Click www.titan-cement.com/here for the full report.

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2006 Sustainable Development Report, view www.loreal.com/ The Report details key achievements of 2006, including creating the position of Director of Ethics; piloted its raw material Sustainability Assessment Framework with 8 suppliers and helped train 200,000 hairdressers around the world in raising awareness on AIDS prevention.

Environment and Employment top Mining and Metals CSR Agenda
Geneva based reputation research firm Covalence announced the environment and employment are the major concerns for the industry. Click here for the full report.

MOSS :: Events

2007 CSR Summit dates released
Although the program of local and international speakers is still under wraps, we can confirm the dates for the 2007 CSR Summit as Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November. Lock them into your diary now. The theme is Believe and Action and the venue is the State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street Sydney. Full details will be released shortly and if you'd like to go on the mailing list to receive Summit updates, register your details here.

Are you a CEO or Board member of a Not for Profit organisation who is considering a Corporate Partner Strategy?
If so - click here for an invitation to a free breakfast to hear about a new and exciting initiative in developing corporate partnerships. Developed by leading partnership agency Cavill + Co, it provides all the tools necessary to improve your skills in developing corporate partnerships.

Zero Footprint Week 14 - 20 October
An initiative of the One at a Time Foundation, Zero Footprint Week is a national umbrella community awareness week that aims to show Australians how simple changes can be made to reduce our ecological footprint. It also highlights environmental innovation and feature Corporate Sustainability Executive Workshops with Professor Dexter Dumphy. The program will focus on Corporate Strategies for Sustainability; Compliance and Beyond; Water Efficiency and Energy Efficiency. Business, environmental and community groups and local councils from around Australia are all invited to hold events during Zero Footprint Week. click here for details on how you can get involved.

Can you help?
MOSS is building a online resource centre of tools, references, reports etc to assist businesses improve their corporate responsibility performance. Files and website links have been collated, described and categorised. We are now urgently looking for assistance in designing and populating the "Resource Centre" section of the website. If you have the necessary skills, we'd love to hear from you. Call Ian Heath today on 0439 620 308 or email ian_r_heath@hotmail.com.

And in closing - yes we are wearing a slightly fresher more corporate face. We have a new logo and this is the first of many changes you will see in the coming weeks. Our team across the country have been busy. To all who have been involved - sincere thanks! The best is yet to come! Stay tuned!

Wishing you all well as we kick off the new financial year. And don't forget if you have any suggestions, comments or industry news you would like to see in the MOSS Newsletter, email us at info@moss.org.au.
May this be a year of abundance for us all!

Yours in sustainability!

Anne-Maree Huxley
CEO & Founder
On behalf of the MOSS Management Teams across the country.

About MOSS: Models of Success and Sustainability (MOSS) is an Australian based not for profit industry body for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. For more than a decade, MOSS has provided innovation, education, training tools and advice to drive sustainability and competitive business success. Now the final piece of the puzzle has been brought to the table of project funding - so the trio of innovation, education and investment is now available to transition society to a low carbon future. For more information refer: www.moss.org.au

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