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The journey to
THERE are many definitions relating
to conscious business - including
social impact, shared value and B
Corps - and it's unlikely there will be
agreement from each camp, however
great things are possible from these
In Australia and around the world people are
intentionally seeking business opportunities
that solve societal challenges as a core
business strategy and through cross sector and
A company's competitiveness and the health
of communities around it are interlinked.
Acknowledging these connections can leverage
the value of societal and economic progress
and change our communities and economies
for the better.
The movement encourages new ways of
thinking, collaboration, conversations, pooling
of resources, sharing of skills and knowledge
and more innovation to create, encourage and
support projects that will benefit business and
Local government is also moving toward
community-driven models that break the
cycle of disadvantage and to protect the most
vulnerable people and families in our society.
The Department of Family and Community
Services (DFCS) held a thought leadership
forum in October 2014 which identified a
number of collaboration opportunities.
"The forum attracted interest from business
people across the Murrumbidgee including the
transport, hospitality, marketing and finance,
manufacturing, employment and retail sectors,"
said Glynis Ingram, DCFS Murrumbidgee
"The consensus was that there were
opportunities for doing more together to
address social issues in our community," she
"There was an acknowledgement that the issues
could not be addressed by government and its
"Mayors in the Riverina region have welcomed
the opportunity to conduct community
conversations to identify the significant
issues that impact on the social, economic
and employment/educational growth in their
communities," Ms Ingram added.
"Community conversations have commenced
with a wider representation including
corporate, volunteering, community and
not-for- profit sectors. Themes from these
discussions have been employment and
education. Strategies are now being formed
to address the social issues that impact on
Local business consultants are also enthusiastic
about participating in the conversation that
raises ideas, questions, strategies and projects
that will look to solve some of our problems
in our community through collaborative and
Through creating networks, knowledge
exchange and supporting the business
community societal change will happen more
quickly. A forum and space to have intentional
conversations is a great way to attract
organisations keen to explore this space.
Bobbi McKibbin is one of four owners who
operate Anything Solar in Wodonga. From
the start they have supported the community in
which they live and to give back.
"We believe in building strong communities and
that means in the workplace, where we live, our
country and then globally," Ms McKibbin said.
The advent of social networks and availability of information at the push of a button has
created a global consciousness but does that mean we're being more socially conscious?
Alison Reed from UnitingCare's Growth Curve Contact Services writes about the development
of a local connection between business and the community which could benefit both.
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