News Archive 2008
December 2008 - Year End Message: The Big Ask
Sending Christmas cards has merits, but this year instead, we at EcoSTEPS thought we would send you a url to an excellent 3 minute video. We encourage you to watch it and think about what you will be doing in 2009... http://www.thebigask.eu/
EcoSTEPS and 140 Australian and global companies signed the Poznan Communique urging government leaders around the world to commit to a meaningful long-term global emissions reduction pathway. A two page colour advertisment was taken in the Australian Financial Review to raise awareness of the issue.
November 2008 - EcoSTEPS partners the FMCG Sustainability Barometer Survey
The Retail World FMCG Sustainability Barometer is the most comprehensive research study to date on the status and progress of Sustainability in Australian FMCG and Retail organisations. Retail World Magazine and the FMCG Sustainability Institute (FSI) have joined forces to benchmark sustainability in the Australian industry via a major research project.
October 2008 - New shareholder
EcoSTEPS is pleased to announce that it has welcomed another new shareholder recently: Monica Vandenberg (Vic). This brings the total number of shareholders to 21 - a vibrant and diverse group of people with a huge range of sustainability consulting skills and experience.
Sept 2008 - Launch of FMCG Sustainability Institute
EcoSTEPS is pleased to have joined forces with Shopportunity to establish the FMCG-Sustainability Institute in Australia.
We encourage to download the FMCG Sustainability Institute overview brochure and visit the website to keep up to date with this important intiative.
August 2008 - EcoSTEPS turn the Compost
The Winter EcoSTEPS Compost held in Sydney recently was a terrific day. What's a 'Compost' I hear you ask? A quarterly seasonal gathering of the EcoSTEPS clan where we pause and reflect together on recent projects and successes. And plan activities over the next few months. We're in for a busy time!
July 2008 - Wide range of new clients
The financial year ended with a flurry of new work for EcoSTEPS with several recent successes in competitive tenders.
NSW Local Government and Shires Association Assistance in the development of a series of training modules for local government re sustainable procurement.
Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) Development of a Regional Sustainability Plan.
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Several projects in connection with development of the new Corporate Plan and associated internal strategic planning processes.
June 2008 - New shareholders
EcoSTEPS is pleased to announce that it has welcomed two new shareholders recently: Helen Weston (NSW) and Samantha Smith (Queensland). This brings the total number of shareholders to 20 - a vibrant and diverse group of people with a huge range of sustainability consulting skills and experience.
May 2008 - Interview with Founding Director
Robyne Blood is a consultant currently living in Adelaide. She has her own client base as well as contracting to McKinsey and Company as a coach, executive team facilitator and leadership program designer. She is currently participating in a Masters of Positive Organisational Development (MPOD) at Case Western University, USA. As part of that program she interviewed one of EcoSTEPS Founding Directors, Julian Crawford. The article gives some fascinating insights into the philosophies and values of EcoSTEPS.
April 2008 - Strategic Sustainability Consulting Workshop
EcoSTEPS hosted a very successful Strategic Sustainability Consulting Workshop in Sydney for those interested in working with us. Program details on request: email@example.com
March 2008 - Your Eco Handbook launched
Your ECO Handbook - authored by EcoSTEPS' Paul Payten is published. Highly recommended - of course...
The first EcoSTEPS Netletter for 2008 covered some interesting new reports: Leader Business Strategies provides new research on sustainable development and the business case. It found that companies are profiting from treating sustainability as a strategic issue.
State of Green Business addressed the question: 'How are US businesses doing in their quest to be greener and more environmentally responsible?' It introduces the GreenBiz Index, a set of 20 indicators of progress, tracking the resource use, emissions, and business practices of companies: carbon, materials, energy, clean-tech investments, e-waste recovery, paper use, employee commuting, and more.
Jan 2008 - A New Year for Sustainability?
EcoSTEPS is excited about 2008. The Sustainability Agenda has been gathering pace for the past 2-3 years - about as fast as the WWF Living Planet Index has been declining! At EcoSTEPS we are 'ready, willing and able' and plan to leverage our collective contribution toward sustainability thinking and action as much as possible. For example, EcoSTEPS Director Julian Crawford had paper published in the prestigious Leadership Excellence Magazine called 'Strategic Sustainability' which showcases EcoSTEPS work with two Australian sustainability pioneering organisations: Yarra Valley Water (YVW) and Water Corporation (WA). Watch this space!