Green Globe Awards winners update
Case Study 1
Small business making a big difference
INSTYLE Contract Textiles won the Small Business Sustainability Award and received a highly commended in the Business Sustainability category at the 2010 Green Globe Awards.
“Winning a Green Globe Award means a great deal. It provides recognition for all the hard work we have put into making our company and products more sustainable”. Michael Fitzsimmons, Managing Director.
“Sustainability has given the company a sense of collective purpose and made the employees more passionate about what they do” said Michael.
The Small Business Sustainability Award is open to NSW businesses with 50 employees or less.
Case Study 2
AGL Energy on track to achieve sustainability goals
AGL Energy won the Green Globe Business Sustainability Award and Climate Change Leadership Award in 2010.
“Winning a Green Globe Award was a great moment for AGL. It reflected a significant amount of hard work by all our people”. Said Tim Nelson, Head of Carbon and Sustainability.
Since winning two Green Globe Awards, AGL has continued to invest and build renewable energy generation. AGL has established 12 indicators of sustainable success which drive improvements within the business.
After small beginnings, INSTYLE has grown to now have 47 employees. They have offices or representation throughout Australia, Asia and America.
INSTYLE’s core business is to design and develop its own range of commercial upholstery and screen textiles which are produced by manufacturers worldwide.
Through their environmental commitment and leadership, INSTYLE have set themselves apart from their competitors, delivering the first sustainable textile in Australia, LIFE Textiles®. These fabrics are made from EthEco wool which is sourced from non-mulsed* sheep, raised on holistically-managed farms.
Since winning a Green Globe Award in 2010, INSTYLE have expanded their benchmark LIFE Sustainable Textiles® collection with two new designs, MAMMOTH and EDGE.
In addition to this, one of INSTYLE’s EthEco wool farmers, Michael Black won two Australian Farmer of the Year awards in 2010.
INSTYLE have become leaders in their field. In 2010, they worked with the St James Ethics Centre to develop a National Small to Medium Enterprise Project. This work helped develop a national standard to help other businesses become more sustainable.
by reducing the thickness of transport packaging, INSTYLE achieved cost savings of 20 per cent
by recycling rather than sending waste to landfill, INSTYLE reduced costs by 50 to 75 per cent
it took INSTYLE two to three years to research and develop their LIFE Sustainable Textiles® collection. It became the first sustainable textile in Australia
INSTYLE worked with the St James Ethics Centre to develop the National Small to Medium Enterprise Project, to develop a national standard to assist other businesses to become more sustainable.
* mulsing is the process to remove wool from the breech on sheep
AGL are currently on track to achieve their goal to have 45 per cent of their owned and operated capacity powered by renewable energy by June 2011. AGL also aim to become Australia’s largest retailer of renewable energy.
Nomination Tip from Tim Nelson, Head of Carbon and Sustainability AGL Energy
“establish targets which stretch your organisation and ensure that your people are accountable and incentivised to achieve them”.
AGL energy is the largest privately owned renewable energy generation company in Australia with over 1,000 mega-watt hours of capacity
Between 2007/08 and 2008/09 AGL Energy reduced the greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations by 18 per cent.
AGL energy has been recognised as a global leader in sustainability and carbon disclosure and last year was included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
AGL has influenced climate change policy with their study – “Options for Moving Towards a Low Emission Future” now adopted worldwide.
Page last updated: 27 May 2011