James, along with his wife Chrissie run Ross Hill Wines. Apart from scoring 5 stars from James Halliday on their reds, Ross Hill Wines has an extraordinary focus on sustainability. They were the 1st Winery in Australia to be certified carbon neutral and this has led to significant business opportunities especially with Qantas.
James is extremely passionate about carbon neutrality and here are some of their achievements.
- Moving to pesticide free production
- Introducing natural wild yeast in the manufacturing process instead of chemicals
- Mulching cover crops between vineyard rows reducing irrigation needs
- Improving recycling
- Installing 34kw of solar panels which reduced energy cost by 75% and had a 1 year payback period.
Fair trade. Social justice. Ethical sourcing.
These are just a few of the many important topics covered in the Beyond Ideas episode.
Justin explains the correlation between business and ethics and how the two come hand in hand for successful businesses and the future of generations as well as the wealth and health of our planet.
Justin shares with us the knowledge from his decade of entrepreneurial business experiences and his newest endeavour: Corporate Spend.
Corporate Spend is a social enterprise that focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by creating and optimising CSR programs through collaborating with some of Australia’s most reputable ethical suppliers.
Clean Coast Collective
Dan is a social entrepreneur and accountant that is passionate about businesses that are improving the world. His passion for the ocean led him to co-found Clean Coast Collective, a not-for-profit environmental organisation stopping ocean pollution at the source.
When he’s not removing rubbish from our coastlines, Dan is also part-owner of The Corner Palm, a community focused co-working studio in Byron Bay.
From taking groups on two week expeditions to clean Australia’s most remote beaches, to running events in Byron Bay, and then freelancing as an accountant, Dan’s experience is about as broad as you can get’
Editors note: Please note Dan’s podcast was recorded in his co-working studio so there is some noise in background
Last year Alison oversaw recycling projects on more than 50 sites, processing almost half a million cubic metres of material, saving clients more than $5 million and taking almost 30,000 truckloads off local roads.
Alison enjoys helping other women connect, collaborate and grow in the construction industry and is the current president of National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) Queensland Chapter, as well as a Board member for the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ).
Founder Positive Scenario
Alex founded Positive Scenario in 2016, driven by his belief happiness is the key to personal and organisational success, inspired by the findings of Shawn Achor and other thought leaders in the field of positive psychology.
Positive Scenario enables positive cultural transformation through tailored programs based on the findings from two decades of Positive Psychology research and studies. Central to these programs are the proven principles and tactics delivered through “The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop” created by Shawn Achor, former Harvard research fellow and author of the New York Times best seller “The Happiness Advantage”.
Prior to founding Positive Scenario, Alex held many positions with Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory firm.
Because we only get one planet and she believes together, with the choices we make, we can make the world a better, cleaner, more vibrant place to live and work for generations to come.
Anna is passionate about Slow Fashion Business Model and Traceable Supply Chains creating long term change.
Farm to Hangers Mission is to be Australia’s #1 sustainable brand and to revive a once vibrant industry.
Iain founded Pangolin in 2010 and has worked to make it the leading force in carbon neutrality in Australia. Pangolin’s core services include energy audits; greenhouse gas (GHG) assessments and verifications; and compliance programs such as National Greenhouse and Energy, the National Carbon Offset Scheme and the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Pangolin also provides carbon offsetting services including the supply of carbon credits and were the first in its sector to become certified carbon neutral as well as a founding B Corp. Iain has worked closely with SME’s, corporates and government, and has a reputation for developing smart sustainability plans. He has more than 20 years of business solutions experience and is regularly sought by media for commentary on the carbon economy. Iain was also a judge for the Sydney Business Awards (Sustainable Businesses) for several years running, and in 2016 for the Banksia Sustainability Awards.
In past years, Iain helped businesses in his community of Pittwater NSW become more sustainable. Now part of the Blue Mountains community, he looks forward to contributing to the sustainability of local businesses with carbon reduction and new clean energy initiatives.
Luke founded Salvos Legal as a world-first social enterprise law firm in 2010. He was the firm’s Managing Partner and a partner in the Corporate & Commercial team up until November 2017. Currently he is a Non Executive Director. Luke has been recognised as one of the 10 Most Innovative Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers awards and one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in non-profit and charities law for the past two consecutive years. In 2015 he was named in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 most influential people in the Australian social sector and in 2013 won Managing Partner of the Year in the Australian Law Awards. Luke’s legal expertise is sought out by Federal & NSW government agencies, ASX200 listed companies, impact financiers and non-profit and religious institutions Australia-wide.
Graham is the founder of Kusaga Athletic, pioneers in future fabrics and sustainable lifestyle apparel, and creators of the Greenest T-shirt on the Planet. As an established entrepreneur with a background in media, Graham recognised an opportunity to address the impact of climate change by reimagining the textile industry. Taking the principles of a circular economy and profit for purpose as its foundation, Kusaga Athletic is part of a new wave of socially focussed organisations using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world.