At a recent Conscious Capitalism event the question was asked “Can you name any Australian businesses leading the way?”
Unfortunately the room wasn’t filled with answers, however looking at the list below from the 2014 Australian Social Enterprise Awards hosted by Social Traders and PwC it really should have been. Congratulations to all the winners!
THE 2014 AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AWARD WINNERS:
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR (SMALL)
SEED Parks and Property Maintenance (SEED PPM) employs previously long-term unemployed people in North Brisbane to deliver commercial landscape maintenance, residential gardening and commercial cleaning services. (QLD)
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR (LARGE)
Clean Force Property Services is a commercial contract cleaning service providing employment for people from disadvantaged backgrounds including those with disability and mental illness. The social enterprise is a subsidiary of WISE Employment Ltd. (VIC)
The 40K Group delivers training programs to Australian students and corporate organisations to operate more socially minded businesses. Profits from these programs are invested into delivery of education in India. (NSW)
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INVESTMENT AWARD *NEW IN 2014*
The Integrated Medical Clinic, investment by Social Ventures Australia, Social Traders and cohealth. (VIC) The Integrated Medical Clinic (TIMC) is a General Practice and allied health medical clinic owned by North Yarra Community Health (NYCH), a large not-for-profit community health centre based in Collingwood, Victoria. TIMC’s profits will be used to subsidise free and below-cost community health services offered by NYCH.
SOCIAL INNOVATION AWARD
Thankyou Group (formerly Thankyou Water) was created to fund water, food, health and hygiene projects in developing nations. The Group derive their profits from the sale of bottled water, food and body care products in a range of retailers across Australia. (VIC)
BUY SOCIAL AWARD
The City of Gold Coast has developed a procurement strategy and implemented new processes to directly deliver social outcomes to their community. The ‘social benefits provider procurement’ and ‘buy-local’ procurement strategies harness the purchasing power of the Council to create hundreds of jobs in the Gold Coast area. (QLD)