Home' Border Enterprise : June 2015 Contents 2015 ENTERPRISE DIRECT 29
IT, Web & App Geeks
"It is all linked, however you have to start within
first and then branch out. We are always looking
at ways we can engage with our community.
"We are keen to work with local business
infrastructure especially in the area of solar
energy, to build the capacity of our community
and help the environment through increasing the
use of clean energy."
Thought leaders are re-working products and
re-thinking markets, looking to their value chain
to improve performance and include economic
and social development.
Fostering local cluster development encourages
industries to work together and thrive.
Some of the world's most influential business
people and thinkers have teamed up to create
a world in which the purpose of business is to
become a driving force for social, environmental
and economic benefit.
B Lab, a not-for-profit working toward this
vision, certifies companies around the world
as Benefit Corporations (or B Corps). To be
certified these companies have to be 'for profit'
and meet rigorous standards for social and
environmental performance, accountability and
In Australia the certification process is
undertaken by B Lab Australia & New Zealand.
Skinner & Associates solicitor Chris Halburd
who, until last year was working in Europe
on corporate governance issues, has watched
and supported the growth of the B Corps
"Imagine what Albury-Wodonga would look
like with 20 or 30 of these B Corps," he said.
"It would completely change the landscape of
business for the better."
UnitingCare Wodonga is also keen to involve
the community in its work.
Social enterprise and new ways of thinking are
certainly required in the areas of welfare. There
are so many problems that we see, from lack
of food, money, mental illness and struggles
UnitingCare Wodonga is eager to look at
social enterprise and collaboration to improve
outcomes for its clients and the community as a
whole - to improve the social capital of Albury
Case studies and practical examples in
education and youth, health, environment,
finance, global development, welfare, housing
philanthropy, justice, crime and safety provide
evidence of change, and societal and business
benefits from a conscious business approach.
Albury-Wodonga is well placed to be leaders in
this new movement with a 'caring for self and
others' attitude in business, community and
in their private lives. Conscious businesses
are companies and smaller enterprises where
customers, employees, shareholders and
The Wodonga Chamber of Commerce
and a number of growing 'benefit focused'
businesses have great opportunities to
impact locally and globally.
Nerida Kerr, Executive Officer Goulburn
Murray Hume Agcare Ltd, said they have
recently established AgBiz Assist as a social
enterprise to provide support services to farm
and small business in rural and regional areas.
"We specialise in supporting family owned
business decision making and any profits
are reinvested in additional services to
benefit social and economic development by
strengthening the small business sector or
supporting our philanthropic activities that
assist family business experiencing financial
stress," Ms Kerr said.
"AgBiz Assist complements the rural financial
counselling services we provide throughout the
region. We are keen to build relationships with
BCorp companies who value what we do for
Further conversations are planned to drive
awareness of and engagement in these ideas
in our community, eventually leading to their
The movement needs people to become 'word-
spreaders' and interested businesses may seek
to gain certification through BCorp assessments
or involve themselves in the conversation on
the journey toward becoming a conscious
Learn more by contacting your local Chamber
of Commerce or search and join the Linkedin
group The Heart of Conscious Business in the
Country: Albury Wodonga.
Links Archive July 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page