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PwC Australia and Get Skilled Access form a strategic alliance to accelerate disability inclusion in Australian workplaces


PwC Australia and disability inclusion consulting organisation Get Skilled Access (GSA) announced they have formed a strategic alliance. The alliance aims to bring disability inclusion and accessibility to the forefront to create equitable participation opportunities across all parts of society. Founded in 2016 by Dylan Alcott, Paralympian and 2022 Australian of the Year, GSA works across the private and public sectors, offering tailored consulting services that help organisations and industries achieve sustainable change in the area of disability inclusion and accessibility. PwC Australia and GSA have identified significant opportunities by coming together to expand services’ reach, breadth and impact. PwC…

Radical Fashion: Worn For Good feels as good as it looks


By now, we all know that fast, cheap fashion is a no-go for us and the planet.  We know that op-shops, circular fashion, natural fibres and living wages are a yes-go, but we should also know that Worn For Good, a circular fashion concept ticking all the right boxes.  Born from a love and history of social impact, the environment and fashion, founders Sophie Palmer and Pip Best found a way to do it all.  Not only are 100 per cent of profits made from the new and pre-loved clothes and accessories found on Worn For Good donated to charity,…

Sleeping out to end homelessness


Victoria’s inspiring business leaders will brave one of the coldest nights of the year in Melbourne on Thursday night, 23 June, to raise much-needed funds for St Vincent de Paul Society of Victoria’s vital homelessness services. Up to 180 business leaders from Melbourne, such as founder and chief executive officer of Reventon, Mr Chris Christofi, will join hundreds of other CEOs around the country at this year’s Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout to shine a light on homelessness and raise $9 million.   This year’s Victorian event will take place at The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne. Mr Christofi, 42, of Melbourne.…

Circular Economy for businesses aims to close the loop on recycling problem


The global cosmetics industry produces around 120 billion units of packaging every year. The complexity of mixed materials used in beauty product packaging makes it difficult to separate for recycling, and ends up in landfill. A change in waste standards by China, has forced Australia to look at its recycling system, and pushed for a more circular economy when it comes to waste. One reason China introduced the ban is to manage products and waste they manufacture, from the start to their end of life. Flora & Fauna, a certified B corporation that sells eco and environmentally friendly products, aims…

Making mental health impossible to ignore


TALKING about mental and emotional well-being can be confronting. These conversations are often avoided in the workplace, especially in the blue-collar industry. Tradies Ed Ross and Dan Allen are turning this invisible and debilitating issue into a topic that’s impossible to ignore. As co-founders, they came up with the concept of TradeMutt in 2016 after losing a mate to suicide the same year. TradeMutt sells a range of bright, eye-catching workwear that is specifically designed to spark conversation about mental health. Their powerful slogan, ‘This Is A Conversation Starter’ is imprinted on the back of all of their workwear and…

Measuring people’s satisfaction with life


AUSTRALIA could soon become a world leader in calculating social value with the publication of a new guidefor Standards Australia, the nation’s peak non-government, not-for-profit standards organisation. Huber Social CEO Georgina Camp, head of the committee writing the new guide, said the other standards that exist at a global level focus on regulating the managing and reporting of social value. In contrast, this model is about collecting the data that goes into the reporting and management decisions. “We go to the next level down; you can standardise reporting and managing all you want, but if you haven’t standardised how the…

Canva founders pledge to distribute their wealth


IF more of the world’s wealthiest people thought like Australian tech icon Melanie Perkins, we could very well live in a more equitable and just society. Ms Perkins is the CEO of Canva, the global graphic design platform she co-founded with her now husband, Cliff Obrecht. Canva has recently been valued at US$40 billion, becoming one of the world’s most valuable private software companies, a massive achievement since their humble beginnings as a Sydney-based start-up. However, what the founders intend to do with their billions of dollars truly speaks to their character. Of their 36 per cent equity in Canva,…

There is something comforting about receiving a handwritten note


VERY few people write letters or notes anymore, so it is a welcome surprise when one arrives in the mail. There is an instant sense of belonging because someone took the time to sit down and put pen to paper. Australia Post is helping Australians stay connected by delivering more than four million specifically designed prepaid postcards to rural and remote households as part of its continued focus on mental health. Head of community at Australia Post, Nicky Tracey, said the simple idea would positively impact people’s mental health, particularly those who are currently unable to visit friends and family.…

Women of Colour Australia reveals the stark reality women of colour face in the workplace


A recent nationwide survey of more than 500 women of colour in Australia found that 60 per cent have experienced discrimination in the workplace related to their identity as a woman of colour, despite almost the same number (59 per cent) of respondents saying their workplace has a Diversity & Inclusion policy in place.  Conducted by Women of Colour Australia (WoCA) in partnership with Murdoch University, the inaugural Women of Colour in the Australian Workforce survey was unveiled over the weekend, at the official virtual launch event. WoCA is Australia’s first not-for-profit organisation of its kind championing Australia’s women of…

Shopping with a clean conscience


LOVELUVO, a social enterprise retailer stocking eco-friendly, locally sourced, and fair-trade home and body products, is located in Seddon Village just across the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne’s west. Jessica Sims, the store’s manager, describes Seddon as just like a small country town. “It is so community centred, and the locals support all the businesses here,” Jessica said. “LoveLuvo has been open for ten years, and a lot of our customers say they love the smell of the store and can’t resist the scent, so they have to drop in.” Westgate Community Initiatives Group Ltd, a not-for-profit employment services provider,…