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GREEN FOR RETAIL: Sustainability Intelligence Report - SEPTEMBER
19 September 2011
A Bimonthly Update for Australian Retail and FMCG clients. Enjoy!
UPCOMING EVENTS – Australian Corporate Leaders: Where to from here??
11 August 2011
Climate Alliance, a not-for-profit business leadership and climate change advocate, is hosting an event next month featuring Australia’s top corporate leaders. The conference examines a post-carbon regulation business landscape and asks “What now?”
With the confusion around the carbon tax impact on retail, this event will help directors and senior executives come to terms with the new rules for business.
Event details: 15 September 2011, 2 - 5 pm, Karstens Conference Centre, Melbourne
GREEN FOR RETAIL: Sustainability Intelligence Report - JULY
15 July 2011
A Bimonthly Update for Australian Retail and FMCG clients. Enjoy!
Industry Media shows Growing Interest in Retail World Sustainability Conference
27 June 2011
Anticipation is heating up for the Retail World Sustainability conference tomorrow with industry media picking up on the event!
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GREEN FOR RETAIL: Sustainability Intelligence Report - MAY
15 May 2011
Welcome to Green for Retail’s inaugural newsletter. On a bi-monthly basis we will be providing an update on global news that affects Australian retailers and manufacturers as they progress toward a sustainable future. This is an opportunity to learn from the success and mistakes of others and to keep your finger on the pulse of world’s best thinking on sustainability in the retail and FMCG sectors. Enjoy!
Zara, Whole Foods, Woolworths & more tackle sustainability issues at Retail World Conference.
12 April 2011
This year’s Retail World conference features an amazing line up of speakers on the subject of Sustainability and responsibility. Don’t miss this one!
If you are involved in setting sustainability strategies, innovating for a green future or implementing efficiency projects then YOU MUST BE THERE! Green for Retail is proudly sponsoring this important event and offers you a SPECIAL DISCOUNT. Contact us on 03 9999 11030 for the discount code.
APC Workshops Stimulate Sustainability Initiatives
25 February 2011
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) has been running Action Plan Workshops in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth through the last half of February. Tara Allsop, Managing Director of Green for Retail, attended the Melbourne workshop this week to represent a number of clients actively working on sustainable packaging plans.
“It was great to see everyone who was anyone in retail and FMCG in Melbourne was represented at the workshop,” said Allsop. “Smarter, sustainable packaging is clearly taking its rightful place on the agenda.”
Allsop reported that the workshops provided excellent basic training for APC compliance, and found the hands on approach constructive. “The task of co-designing innovative packaging solutions at tables got everyone thinking outside their usual paradigms, and provided a process that people could take back to their companies to continue generating innovative solutions.”
Green for Retail recognises APC compliance not only as a meaningful way to move toward sustainable packaging solutions, but also as a strategic advantage providing an opportunity to highlight a company’s sustainability efforts. “We are actively working with our clients to fold their existing sustainability strategies into the APC Action Plan,” said Allsop. “This reduces duplication of effort and ensures that clients are recognised for their achievements.” For more information about the Australian Packaging Covenant, visit http://www.packagingcovenant.org.au
Staff Involvement Critical to Greening Program© Success
10 November 2010
Green for Retail’s best practice Greening Program© is a step-by-step process enabling businesses to audit their current position, establish realistic strategies and implement sustainability action plans. What sets Green for Retail’s approach apart from many other consultancies is the level to which it involves staff in the process.
MD Tara Allsop believes strongly in the value of including all levels of staff in developing and implementing sustainability solutions. Without staff involvement she says Green for Retail risks misjudging how the company operates, which may mean that recommended strategies do not fit the corporate culture. “Potentially more lethal is making recommendations and walking away,” says Allsop. “Without the buy-in of the team even the most brilliant sustainability strategy is doomed to failure.”
A core part of the Greening Program is staff education, awareness and involvement. Once a thorough audit has been completed, the next step is to communicate the results to staff and enrol them in the sustainability journey. “Sustainability workshops touch many team members on an almost emotional level. We not only come out of the sessions with the outline of a sustainability strategy that fits the organisation, but with real advocates who will shepherd the company through the implementation process,” Allsop explains.
Green for Retail has recently completed the Greening Program© workshop process with a number of companies in the sector (it’s been a busy few months!). One industry executive was surprised at the impact. “The Green for Retail workshops really energised my team. As a management team we’ve long recognised the importance of building a sustainable proposition, but I now feel we have 100% commitment at every level. I have renewed confidence that we will make this happen.”
To learn more about the Greening Program and how it can enhance your sustainability position, contact the team on (03) 9999 1103
Assessing Current Impacts Key to Progressing Sustainability Strategies
12 October 2010
The first stage in Green for Retail’s best practice Greening Program© is a systematic assessment of a company’s current environmental impacts, including carbon footprint, water, waste, and energy analysis. Business leaders will not be surprised at the concept that understanding the current reality is critical to planning a way forward, but it is particularly valid in successfully creating and implementing sustainability strategies.
Green for Retail’s Senior Consultant Tony Hill explains why: “Understanding a company’s current impacts on the environment and the operating costs associated with waste are critical to focussing the minds of management. Sustainability can be viewed as a soft issue compared to more tangible and immediate business issues until the reality of the opportunities is brought home with hard facts.”
Green for Retail has recently completed audits for a number of companies in the retail sector. One company owner commented “It’s hard to ignore the audit. Green for Retail was able to lay out in black and white the surprising level of waste in our company. Not only is this affecting the environment, it’s hitting my bottom line, especially looking at the electricity costs increasing. There’s no question we are motivated to get our sustainability strategies set and in action.”
To learn more about the Greening Program© and how it can enhance your financial position, contact the Green for Retail team on (03) 9999 1103.
Green for Retail talks innovation in Telstra’s Insights Magazine
30 August 2010
Insights, Telstra’s quarterly magazine for staff and franchisees, recently featured Green for Retail and parent company ECOnomics in a feature story about the profits and perils of innovating.
Green for Retail’s MD Tara Allsop makes a strong case for the importance of tying sustainability initiatives back to solid business metrics, particularly ROI. She also cites some exciting examples of steps retailers are beginning to take to benefit both the environment and the bottom line, such as the use of systems like Smartcool to cut the cost of refrigeration, or the use of video conferencing to stay close to the shop floor instead of hopping in a car.
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MARKITFORCE GOES GREEN!
24 August 2010
Leading marketing logistics firm, Markitforce, has engaged Green for Retail to help kick-start its sustainability journey. Going through the fast track Greening Program, Markitforce will have a whole-of-business sustainability strategy in action before the end of the year.
Markitforce is a high quality specialist in 3rd party 'Marketing Logistics' - promotional campaign execution and POS fulfilment. Their national operation includes warehousing, pick and pack, and distribution services. The company has a strong focus on customer service and has developed a fun, positive culture and work environment. This has allowed the business to build an impressive base of FMCG, retail, and consumer-facing clients. Green for Retail will leverage these strengths and engage strongly with the team to develop the sustainability program.
Markitforce MD, Alan Higgins, whose formal title is Minister for Fun & CFO (Chief Forklift Operator), says, "We are keen to hit the ground running with sustainability – it's the right thing to do and fits in with the way we do business. Green for Retail is a great partner for us – they understand our industry and have a great team of expertise that we can draw on."
To learn more about Markitforce, please go to www.markitforce.com.au
Case Study: Solving Security Tag Waste Problem
30 July 2010
A large department store chain recently approached Green for Retail with a big and potentially expensive problem: how to dispose of a burgeoning supply of used security tags without negatively impacting the environment or blowing the bottom line. This wasn’t a new a problem, it was one that the retailer had been grappling with for some time, and they turned to Green for Retail with a degree of desperation.
Within two weeks, Green for Retail were able to come back to the retailer with a zero cost solution which involved shredding of the tags and delivery to a supplier for remanufacture. Recycling the plastic was a positive for the environment; nil cost was a boon for the retailer.
“The lesson here is in believing that sustainable solutions are possible,” said Tara Allsop CEO of Green for Retail. “This client was looking for months, but deep down they didn’t expect to find a sustainable solution that wouldn’t break the bank. This is where Green for Retail adds real value for our clients – we believe in what we do, and we know where to start looking.”
E-waste (which includes security tags) is a growing problem and is increasing as a proportion of overall waste. It is estimated that electronic waste is responsible for 70% of the toxic chemicals found in landfill. Regulators are highly focused on this waste stream and it is likely that within a few years no e-waste will be allowed in landfill. Solutions for responsible e-waste disposal are available and they don’t need to cost the earth – contact Green for Retail to learn more.
To discuss e-waste, or other tricky sustainability issues, call Green for Retail on (03) 9999 1103
Identity Matters Kicks off Greening Program with Green for Retail
9 July 2010
Niche marketing company and retail supplier, Identity Matters, has kicked off the Greening Program process with a goal of establishing itself as an environmentally sustainable supplier within its industry.
Identity Matters is a manufacturer and wholesaler of branded mats, including entrance matting, point of sale mats, and display mats for both floor and counter. They service some of the largest retailers and brands in the country, including: 7-Eleven, Coles Express, and Telstra.
Identity Matters is just at the start of its sustainability journey and will be able to leverage the experience of Green for Retail as they commence this program. As part of this, Identity Matters plans to launch a range of mats made from recycled PET bottles.
“We think Sustainability can potentially add value to our business through efficiency, but there may be even bigger opportunities to help out our customers, many of whom are also introducing their own sustainability programs,” says Identity Matters CEO, Justin Page. “Green for Retail’s Greening Program will enable us to measure our impacts and get our whole team involved as we put together our plan.”
To learn more about Identity Matters, go to www.identitymatters.com.au
Retail World Conference: Sustainability a core issue for retailers
18 June 2010
This week’s Retail World conference highlighted the fact that retailers are struggling with a lot of issues: growing in a post-GFC world, managing new technologies, juggling supplier partnerships, building sustainability into their organisations.
What stood out at Green for Retail was the recognition that sustainability is a core issue, not a nice to have. A number of the speakers at the conference, which ran from 16-17 June at the Melbourne Convention Centre, provided sound management insight but it was keynote speaker Thomas Bergmark, former Sustainability Manager from IKEA Group in Sweden, who offered the greatest inspiration.
Bergmark spoke about how IKEA have successfully built sustainability into their organisation at multiple levels, and the rewards this has reaped for the organisation. IKEA have tackled energy, water and waste throughout their organisation, focusing on renewable energy, rain water harvesting and recycling, and resulting in tremendous cost savings. They have also worked closely with suppliers to create a more efficient supply chain, again reducing costs and enabling the firm to make good on their promise for lower prices. At another level, IKEA have been innovative in creating products that provide solutions for a sustainable life at home, products that not only give IKEA some positive PR, but also add to their customer appeal and top line.
“Bergmark’s presentation was an exciting example of what is possible when sustainability strategies are aligned with business strategies,” said Tara Allsop, MD of Green for Retail. As Bergmark himself says, “it’s good for business to be a good business.”
For more about the Retail World conference, visit: http://www.retail-world.com.au/
Tara Allsop appointed Managing Director of Green for Retail
17 March 2010
Group Chairman of ECOnomics Group, Mike Farley today announced the appointment of Tara Allsop to the position of Managing Director for subsidiary Green for Retail.
Allsop has been with Green for Retail since it opened its doors in July 2009 and played an integral role in the establishment of the business. She has extensive retail and strategic experience, having worked with Coles Myer and smaller retailers in a range of roles, primarily focusing on innovation and strategy. She subsequently joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers to work on retail strategy with a broad range of clients. In October 2008 she joined former PwC Climate Change partner, Ben Wheaton to establish and launch WheatonBeer Consulting, a sustainability consultancy that successfully established a top end clientele in the midst of the GFC, due to its strong strategic and sustainability credentials.
“Green for Retail will benefit from having someone with Tara’s strength in strategy, retail and sustainability in the leadership role. We are excited about where we think Tara will take this promising business,” said Farley. Allsop says she is looking forward to taking the reins, and to building both the client base and the company’s offerings.
Former CEO and co-founder Ben Wheaton will stay on as a Director of Green for Retail.
ECOnomics acquire 100% share of Green for Retail
01 March 2010
ECOnomics Group today announced that they had acquired a 100% share of Green for Retail. The ECOnomics Group Alliance is a partnership of complementary, market leading and environmentally responsible suppliers to the retail and FMCG industries.
Wal-Mart, MacDonalds and more affirm power of sustainability
25 October 2009
This week’s Futures So Bright Green conference featured retailer after retailer offering sustainability solutions, innovations and case studies. To an audience of over 100 delegates representing Australian retail and FMCG, an impressive line up of keynote speakers made it clear: sustainability is good for business.
Green for Retail to present at Sydney Conference
23 October 2009
Ben Wheaton will be a key presenter at this month’s The Future’s So Bright Green Sustainability Conference, now Australia’s largest sustainability conference for brands and retailers. Ben will present a series of case studies that link sustainable retail to good business practice and ROI.
Green for Retail CEO makes the sustainability case to Marketing Comms industry
16 October 2009
Ben Wheaton, CEO and founder of Green for Retail, made the case for ‘YES’ in the special Green Issue of B&T Magazine out today. The question posed by the magazine is “Does the marketing communications sector have a duty to lead on environmental issues?” Ben Wheaton argues absolutely yes, “the challenge is to find the courage and drive to refocus marketing communications.”
Ecoxera visits Australia to share sustainability learnings
01 October 2009
Green for Retail is sponsoring a visit to Australia by their US alliance partner Ecoxera this month to enable Australian retailers and FMCG brand manufacturers to benefit from Ecoxera’s considerable expertise.
Retail conference to tackle making money from sustainability
30 September 2009
On 23 October, The Future’s So Bright Green sustainability conference will take on a critical issue for retailers suffering after the GFC: how to make money from sustainability.
Taking place this year at the Sydney Convention Centre, the conference hosts an impressive line up of sustainability experts and global retailers ready to share their experiences. Green for Retail’s alliance partner Ecoxera has been instrumental in luring speakers from Walmart and McDonald’s in the United States.
Other local and international experts, including Green for Retail and their partner company Ecoxera, will provide case studies and advice on how to make sustainability pay.
This is one conference not to be missed!
Green for Retail announces alliance with US retail sustainability experts, Exocera
30 August 2009
Green for Retail announced this month that they have joined forces with Ecoxera, the US-based sustainability experts to the retail and restaurant industries. The two companies share a common purpose and focus, the execution of sustainability programs specific to the retail industry, so they expect to learn from each other’s experience and gain from their collective expertise.
Ecoxera bring over 25 years of experience in retail sustainability to the relationship. Ecoxera founder Justin Doak has strong ties with the US Green Building Council and was instrumental in the technical development of the LEED Retail green building programs. He has also worked with over 40 regional and nation retailers in the US market to integrate sustainability into their built environment.
“This alliance partnership will keep our customers at the leading edge of sustainability thinking,” said Tara Allsop, Director of Green for Retail. “Ecoxera bring a wealth of practical experience with some of the US largest retailers, that’s learning that can be used to keep our Australian customers ahead of the game.”
It is anticipated that Ecoxera senior management will visit Australia to speak about US practices and to learn from Australian experience in October, 2009.
For further information on Ecoxera visit their website: www.ecoxera.com.
Green for Retail Launches
1 July 2009
Green for Retail officially launched on 1 July, 2009. We believe climate change and sustainability are the defining issues of our time. The retail market now has an opportunity to lead business and consumers towards a more sustainable Australia.
Green for Retail announces new offices at 484 St Kilda Road
1 May 2009
Green for Retail is expanding from its Sydney office to open its doors in Melbourne at Level 11, 484 St Kilda Road. Feel free to pop in and find out more information on how we can help you.
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