Winners of the 2013 Banksia awards

By Terence Jeyaretnam

Net Balance was thrilled to be part of this milestone event as finalists from across Australia gathered in Melbourne last week to learn who would take home the honours in a range of categories ranging from land and biodiversity management through to the indigenous award for caring for country.

Net Balance was proud to sponsor the Local Government Sustainability Award and the Leading in Sustainability - Setting the Standard for Large Organisations Award.  We have cemented our commitment to the Banksia’s by announcing our continued support of these two awards in 2014 and 2015.

We believe business and government are central to tackling the environmental and social challenges of the future and the Banksia Awards give us the opportunity to recognise leaders in these areas.

It was great that Robyn Leeson, a Director of Net Balance, was able to present the Banksia Large Organisation Award to Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, and the Local Government Award to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Council.

In addition to being involved in the presentation of the awards, both Robyn and I reflected on how wonderful it was to hear from some truly inspirational winners who are leaders in their field.  Their emotions ranged from tears of happiness to moving reflections.  It was a privilege to be a part of such a celebration and congratulations to all the finalists and the award winners.

When thinking about my personal involvement with the Banksia Awards, as head of the independent audit panel, as well as Net Balance’s association with this event, it becomes apparent that we have travelled a similar sustainability path.  Beginning with a focus on environmental sustainability, both organisations have now embraced the whole sustainability value chain.  It has been my great privilege to provide strategic advice to Banksia over its journey.

So twenty-five years of Banksia Awards is a milestone in many ways.  Twenty-five years of recognising excellence.  Twenty-five years as an environmental leader.  And now the recognition that we need to look beyond environmental sustainability to the total sustainability value chain acknowledging that financial viability, environmental action and social impact are all intrinsically linked.

Congratulations winners.  Congratulations finalists. And congratulations Banksia.  Who knows what the next twenty-five years may bring!

Terence Jeyaretnam is a Director of Net Balance, one of the world’s leading sustainability advisory firms. (terence@netbalance.com)

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