March - April 2007 Edition

MOSS is delighted to be able to drive sustainability and competitive business success through education, training and advice in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Sustainability across Australia.

This month we present news and views from across Australia and around the world. In addition, we'll highlight some exciting upcoming events on brand building, human capital management and emissions trading.

Our major upcoming event this month is a two day workshop in Brisbane and Sydney led by visiting UK CSR specialist Sharon Jackson. Sharon will be delivering the latest thinking about corporate responsibility, corporate sustainability and stakeholder engagement. Click here for the full event brochure or refer below for more details.

Are you a member? Join MOSS today. MOSS is a business focused, globally collaborative network which aims to deliver practical education about corporate sustainability. In doing so, the network aims to position Australian business as a global leader in the field of CSR and sustainable development.If improving your bottom line or delivering local leadership to business is important to you, we encourage you to join MOSS. There are various levels of membership available providing exceptional value.MOSS provides members with a storehouse of knowledge and experience in CSR and sustainability. Members have exclusive access to a variety of models and tools to assist with professional education, including networking and peer-to-peer learning opportunities and thought leadership.

As leading UK CSR authority David Grayson says, "Smart businesses know they will not have all the CSR answers themselves. They will learn from each other and from stakeholders in business. MOSS is here to help that process. I encourage you to join and become an active participant as it works to develop an appropriate Australian vision of Responsible Business and business support for sustainability".

MOSS :: Industry News

Accounting for Sustainability
In the UK, the Prince of Wales recently unveiled his Accounting for Sustainability Project where a team of accountants in the UK are developing systems to help organisations measure more effectively the environmental and social costs of their actions.

Stage one of the project has been a review of the current state of play in the measurement and reporting of organisational sustainability in the UK and internationally.

The research to date has identified a number of trends. There is clearly a growing awareness of the need to preserve the environment, and considerable strategic commitment in both the public and private sectors to adopting the principles of sustainability. There are however relatively few practical mechanisms for managers to translate strategic sustainability vision into operational reality.

Over the course of the next year the project team will work with a variety of organisations including KPMG and PwC to ensure that the approach developed is effective and adds genuine value to business processes. Stay tuned for progress on the project.

Call for papers: Building the knowledge base for CSR in Australia.
MOSS is calling on business, government, academia, students and community organisations who have case studies, white papers, PhD Theses, presentations, articles, research documents or reports from Australia or other countries on any aspect of corporate responsibility or corporate sustainability to forward them to us for use in the MOSS Resource Centre. All works are fully cited and can be forwarded to info@moss.org.au

CSR for Animals
MOSS member Voiceless - The Fund for Animals, has recently included news and events pages which cover the interaction between CSR and animals. For more information, refer to the voiceless website. Well done Voiceless!

The incentive of money to drive a sustainable future
Alcan and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) US$1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007 is now open for entries. The Alcan Prize is open to all not-for-profit, non-governmental, and civil society organisations based anywhere in the world that are working to advance the goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Information on eligibility criteria and how to enter the Alcan Prize for Sustainability is available at www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com. The closing date for receipt of entries is midnight March 31, 2007.

Communicating CSR
Entries have now opened for the prestigious Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) Golden Target Awards. Now in their 31st year, the awards are split into seventeen categories including Corporate Social Responsibility. The PRIA Awards celebrate excellence, best practice and professionalism across all aspects of public relations and communication activity in Australia. Visit the website for more information.

The Virgin Earth challenge
$25 million is up for grabs for an individual or group who are able to demonstrate a commercially viable design which will result in the net removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases each year for at least ten years without countervailing harmful effects. This removal must have long term effects and contribute materially to the stability of the Earth's climate. Refer: www.virginearth.com for full details. Way to go Al and Sir Richard!

Former US Vice president Al Gore wins gong for An Inconvenient Truth .
The documentary won the best documentary accolade at the recent Academy Awards. If you have not yet seen the documentary, it's now out on DVD. Go grab a copy this weekend. Also, if your organisation or community group would like to receive a presentation from one of Australia's Climate Messengers - trained by Al Gore, email Anne-Maree at MOSS for details.

Latest developments in the regulatory environment
MOSS member Andrew Beatty and Evan Williams from the Environment and Environmental Markets Group at Baker & McKenzie, Sydney have written an article examining the latest developments in the CSR regulatory environment. Click here to read the article. Our thanks to the Journal of Chartered Secretaries Australia Keeping Good Companies for their permission to reprint this article.

Climate Change reports
WWF recently released Priorities for a Living Australia which sets out WWF's key Federal policy proposals for the next Australian Government to tackle dangerous climate change and build environmental resilience. It includes a four point plan to tackle dangerous climate change, and a nine point approach to build biodiversity resilience to climate change by protecting and connecting key natural places, and limiting all other threats. For a full copy of the report click here.

Carbon down, profits up
The Climate Group has also released its third edition of Carbon Down, Profits Up where over the past 12 months they have observed an unprecedented expansion in the number of corporations reporting action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the front runners reaching over 25% reduction in many cases - gaining significant financial and economic returns from their actions. It's great to see a clear cut business case for reducing GHG emissions! Click here for the full report.

Linking economic development and the fight against poverty. The McKinsey Quarterly recently interviewed the president of Chile, Michalle Bachelet, exploring her views on the roots of political upheaval in Latin America, and the link between economic development and the flight against poverty. It's a great read. here for the interview with Gonzalo Larraguibel and Marcelo Larraguibel Click Here

Getting you thinking - on You Tube
Online video sharing phenomenon You Tube is certainly revealing some amazing thoughts and views on pertinent issues around the world. If you have a few minutes free, take a look at this www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuNgBkloFE and spare a thought for how much help we as a collective group might need to give to improve the plight of some of our fellow global citizens. And please note it will make you laugh - not cry - so if your day needs a pick up - check it out now!

MOSS :: Events

MOSS is delighted to be able to drive sustainability and competitive business success through education, training and advice in the area of best practice Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Sustainability. Below is a list of events we have either developed specifically for you, or have arranged special discounts or access.


Event: David Grayson CBE OBE
Date: Thursday 15 March (5.30pm)
Venue: Enterprise House, 136 Greenhill Road , Adelaide

Description The Don Dunstan Foundation presents: David Grayson CBE OBE, Leading UK Authority on CSR (and MOSS international ambassador) speaking on : Corporate Responsibility - how successful businesses around the world are operating for people, profit and planet!

Booking details Bookings are essential by Friday March 9th. Tickets are $50 inc GST and available from Josie Covino at the Don Dunstan Foundation on 8303 3350 or josie.covino@adelaide.edu.au


Event: Building brand value through sustainability
Date: Monday 19 March (5.00pm - 7.30pm)
Venue: Lecture Theatre, 1.15 (G30) Arts and Education buildings, Parklands Drive , Southport
Description Building brand value through sustainability - Seminar and networking event featuring Anthony Kleanthous, Senior Policy Advisor, WWF - UK ; Strategy Director, Clownfish Marketing; and author of the WWF report "Let Them Eat Cake".
Booking details Tickets are FREE OF CHARGE however bookings are essential.
To RSVP - phone MOSS on 03 9841 0002 / 0419 798 104 or email: info@moss.org.au. with your acceptance and full contact

Event: Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Leadership Workshop
Date: Thursday March 22 - Friday 23 March, 2007
Venue: Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Twin Waters
Description MOSS presents visiting UK CSR specialist Sharon Jackson. Sharon will be delivering the latest thinking about corporate responsibility, corporate sustainability and stakeholder engagement. Numbers strictly limited to 15 only participants to give optimum involvement, feedback and interaction.


Event: Ethical Investor Sustainable Human Capital Management Conference
Date: Monday March 19 - Tuesday March 20
Venue: Park Hyatt, Melbourne
Description Ethical Investor Sustainable Human Capital Management Conference - linking CSR, Employee Engagement and Shareholder Returns. Speakers include: John McFarlane - CEO ANZ; Bill shorten - National Sec Aust Workers Union; Grant harrod - CEO Corporate Express; Paul Clitheroe - Chairman, Financial Literacy Foundation; Christine Shewry - Global Head of Human Resources, IAG; Michael Anderson - AMP Capital Investors; Bill Brown - MD, Hewitt Associates; Pat Grier - CEO, Ramsay Healthcare; plus the latest institutional investment research on Human Capital Performance.
Booking details: For full event details call Janet Heperi 02 6682 4019 email: admin@ethicalinvestor.com.au or refer www.ethicalinvestor.com.au.

Event: Demystify carbon trading
Date: Wednesday 28 March (7:30 - 9:30)
Venue: DLA Phillips Fox, 140 Williams Street , Melbourne .
Description A networking and educational breakfast event to demystify carbon trading. The Planning, Environment and Local Government Practice of DLA Phillips Fox presents An overview of the proposal for emissions trading schemes in Australia and other emissions reduction initiatives. Speakers include: Megan Utter and Kim Piskuric - Solicitors - DLA Phillips Fox Planning, Environment and Local Government Practice.
Booking details MOSS members $40 Non MOSS members $60 including a light breakfast.


Event: Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Leadership Workshop
Date: Tuesday March 20 - Wednesday 21 March
Venue: Tranby Aboriginal College , 13 Mansfield Street , Glebe.
Description MOSS presents visiting UK CSR specialist Sharon Jackson. Sharon will be delivering the latest thinking about corporate responsibility, corporate sustainability and stakeholder engagement. Numbers strictly limited to 15 only participants to give optimum involvement, feedback and interaction.
Booking details Registrations close Monday 12 March. Venue:


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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