Point Advisory recognised as ‘Best For The World 2019 (Community)’

Point Advisory has been recognised by BCorp as being a 2019 Best For The World Honoree in Community!

This means that we have a verified B Impact Assessment score in the top 10% of all B Corps, globally.

Point Advisory’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future for people and the planet. We develop innovative, elegant and effective solutions that help embed sustainability principles into our clients’ strategic planning and operations.

To help us achieve a measurable positive difference, not just for our clients, but for society as a whole, we have developed a social impact program. As part of this program we undertake a number of activities each year, and aim to achieve a volunteer target rate of at least 1% of total staff time. Over the past 18 months we have volunteered with some fantastic organisations such as Beach Patrol, OzHarvest, FareShare, the Red Cross, PolishedMan and EatUp.

Further information on BCorp and ‘Best For The World’

 

 

Australian Red Cross – Volunteering

In May this year, Point Advisory team members had the pleasure of volunteering with the Australian Red Cross. Under the instructions of Red Cross staff, we spent several hours knitting Trauma Teddies.

Sensory toys, in our case Teddies, can be helpful to provide comfort to children under emotional stress or pain. The Trauma Teddy story started in 1990 and since then, Australian Red Cross has been distributing 1 million Trauma Teddies to children that have or are currently experiencing traumas or illness. Teddies are given out to people that are for instance affected by fire, floods and other disasters. All teddies are knitted by volunteers.

The Teddy will be hugged, squeezed and chewed by a child that is distressed or in pain, therefore only a safe and strong Teddy can become an official Red Cross Trauma Teddy. Every knitted Trauma Teddy has to follow the Red Cross standards and pass a quality control by a local Red Cross coordinator. You can see the result of our hard work below.

For more information on how to join the Trauma Teddy knitters community click here.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives is a key part of our BCorp commitments.

Beach Patrol – Volunteering

In March this year, several Point Advisory team members had the pleasure of volunteering with Ramona from Beach Patrol down in Port Melbourne. The team spent a couple of hours collecting rubbish along the beach and foreshore, recording the volumes of different types of rubbish. Significant amounts of plastics and other rubbish flows into the bay from the surrounding streets and the Yarra River which enters the bay close to Port Melbourne beach. We collected around 3,000 small pieces of plastic, food wrappers, cups, straws, bottles and cigarette butts weighing more than 10kg. Unfortunately, in a few hours we only scratched the surface, and there was still a lot more rubbish left on the beach and floating in the water.

Beach Patrol Australia addresses the marine litter crisis through direct action, engaging with suburb-based community groups to undertake local clean ups. Starting in 2009 with a couple of residents in Middle Park meeting regularly to clean up their local beach, Beach Patrol has grown to 29 groups across Victoria with over 1500 regular volunteers signed up to help keep our beaches clean.

It was a highly rewarding opportunity for the Point Advisory team and eye-opening experience seeing first-hand the extent of rubbish washing up on our beaches and in the oceans. Point Advisory are planning on participating in Beach Patrol’s annual ‘Spring Clean the City’ event on Saturday September 21, joining hundreds of other volunteers in cleaning up the streets of Melbourne’s CBD.

To find out more about Beach Patrol and their corporate volunteering opportunities, click here.

Point Advisory welcomes Sujata Karandikar to our Melbourne team

Sujata is a Senior Manager in Point Advisory’s Melbourne office, with a focus on sustainable procurement and social impact.

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Sujata worked at Origin Energy as Social Responsibility manager within procurement where she designed and managed Origin’s responsible procurement program and supplier diversity program.

Sujata has over 10 years of experience in in-house sustainable procurement, supplier diversity and local economic development roles across a range of sectors, including mining (Rio Tinto, Anglo American), energy (Origin Energy), property (Mirvac) and retail (David Jones). She consulted on projects within utilities, agriculture, and healthcare, as well as local and state government. Her experience working within procurement across a broad range of industries means that she has a keen understanding of both broader ESG materiality and supply chain specific risks across a range of industry sectors.

She also has a background in procurement process improvement and data analytics and reporting roles, and as such, understands the importance of ensuring that social, environmental and ethical considerations are embedded into the procurement process to create long term, sustainable change.

Sujata has a keen interest in technology and the start-up space, having previously co-founded a tech startup after raising seed capital, and is an alumni member of Springboard Enterprises, a network of high growth female startup founders. She believes technology has an important role to in addressing the complex social and environmental issues we face globally and is often scanning the market for new and innovative solutions.

Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, baking, travel and hiking.

Amélie Uhrig joins Point Advisory’s Melbourne office

Point Advisory is pleased to welcome Amélie to our growing team in Melbourne! She has recently joined as Consultant in our Climate Change and Environment team.

Amélie holds a Master in Environmental Sciences, focusing on climate policies and politics as well as the role of forests in climate mitigation. As part of her studies, she conducted a qualitative social research project on community-based forest management and REDD+ in Indonesia. She also holds a Bachelor in Geography and Ethnology. This academic background makes her an interdisciplinary thinker, positioning herself in-between the natural and social sciences.

Amélie is particularly interested in power relations between stakeholders in a natural resource management context and is passionate about community-based strategies and approaches.

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Amelie worked as consultant for international development agency GIZ GmbH in Indonesia, where she was working in a project on climate and environmental awareness. As part of her role, she travelled to high schools and educational facilities throughout Java, facilitating educational activities and workshops to support climate action and improve climate literacy.

Amélie is an advocate for environmental/climate education and how complex scientific topics can be made digestible for a non-technical audience. She has been volunteering with the ICLEI Oceania Young Writers Network that aims to empower students and young researchers to become impactful science communicators.

Outside of work, Amélie enjoys art and sculpture exhibitions, music concerts and outdoor adventures.

 

 

Free energy management diagnostic workshops for NSW manufacturers

For the past 18 months, Point Advisory has been working with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to develop and pilot an Energy Management Assessment Tool for energy intensive businesses. Once the pilots are completed, the tool is scheduled for public release in the second half of 2019. The tool helps businesses understand how their approach to energy management compares to ‘best practice’, and then provides an action plan to help them make necessary improvements to remedy any deficiencies.

When it is publicly released, OEH will be offering up to $30,000 in funding to eligible businesses in NSW to implement the recommended improvements.

How does the Energy Management Diagnostic Tool and workshop work?

The Energy Management Assessment Tool is used as part of a facilitated 2-hour workshop with an energy expert. During the workshop, client representatives are asked a series of questions about their energy management practices. After the workshop an action plan is produced to help your organisation move towards best practice energy management.

OEH is providing free workshops and up to $30,000 in implementation funding to eligible businesses.

Who will be eligible for OEH support?

The free workshops and $30,000 implementation funding are available to energy-intensive businesses with manufacturing operations in NSW.

A few other key points:

  • The workshop itself is completely free and there is no obligation to undertake implementation activities.
  • Businesses wishing to proceed with implementation will be offered an incentive whereby the government would provide up to $30,000 in funding to implement key actions.
  • The funding is provided on an 80:20 basis, so the energy user would need to fund up to $6,000
  • The money cannot be used for capital expenditure and is intended to be used for improving energy management practices (e.g. by developing an energy policy, monitoring and analysing energy data, developing energy efficiency procurement guidelines, etc.).
  • Workshops are held at one of the business’ NSW facilities and take around 2 hours. Staff from energy and related roles are encouraged to attend – e.g. finance, procurement, operations, safety, health, environment and quality.
  • The workshop would involve your team collaboratively answering several questions about energy management practices in place. They would not need to prepare for the session.

*Note that this program is subject to change prior to its official launch.

How can the Energy Management Diagnostic Tool and workshop help?

The diagnostic tool will help you develop a self-sustaining Energy Management System (EnMS) that will help your business energy and money over time. It will also be useful in comparing your energy management performance relative to other businesses in the same sector.

Many companies already track energy usage on some level, and undertake projects intermittently to improve energy efficiency, however there is no unifying strategy. Development of an effective EnMS is a bespoke affair, with some companies needing to start from scratch, while other companies have existing environmental policies and systems requiring integration. Regardless, integrating an energy management system into an organisation is extremely beneficial because it requires the development of suitable systems to identify, capture, and verify energy savings and crucially, to drive continual improvement in energy performance.

 

This article was written by Ross Tunmer, Senior Manager in Energy & Climate Change at Point Advisory.

For further information you can contact Ross via email.

FareShare Kitchen #2 – Volunteering

Earlier this year, the Point Advisory team spent an afternoon volunteering at the FareShare kitchen in Melbourne. The team assisted with the preparation of nearly 4,000 meals, including vegetarian sausage rolls and quiches, and had a fantastic time along the way. These meals were dispatched to a number of local charities around Melbourne servicing members of the community experiencing food poverty.

FareShare rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and prepares free nutritious meals for people in need. Around four million Australians experience food insecurity each year while as much as $20 billion worth of food is wasted. FareShare tackles the tragedy head on by rescuing surplus, quality food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers and other businesses. Since starting in 2000 FareShare has grown significantly and provides over 1 million meals per year thanks to the efforts of over 900 active volunteers and numerous organisations donating their time.

Point Advisory greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the amazing work done by FareShare on a daily basis, tackling food waste, community health and poverty simultaneously. The team at FareShare are very welcoming and facilitate an excellent team-bonding experience too. You can find out more about FareShare and their corporate volunteering opportunities here.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives, such as FareShare is a key part of our BCorp commitments. To find out more about BCorp, visit https://bcorporation.com.au/.

Point Advisory launches new Joule virtual energy manager service

We know from experience that many businesses are worried about energy costs and want to improve their energy performance, but don’t know where to begin. Often, these businesses can’t justify the cost of employing a dedicated energy manager either. As a result, cost savings and energy reduction opportunities go untapped.

Our new Joule service helps overcome these issues by giving our clients access to our full suite of skills and resources to act as a virtual energy manager. For a modest monthly subscription, you can use our team to help you identify, unlock and implement energy savings opportunities in your business. This might involve anything from assisting in finding cheaper energy tariffs through to providing implementation support for energy efficiency projects.

At the core of Joule is a data monitoring platform that enables us to see your energy consumption remotely, in real time. We regularly monitor and analyse this data to identify opportunities, and to see the impacts of your previous energy projects and verify that they’re performing to expectations.

Joule is designed to be a flexible service, with a package to suit the needs of businesses of all sizes, across all sectors.

For further information, visit the Joule website or contact Charlie Knaggs or Ross Tunmer

 

FareShare Kitchen – Volunteering

FareShare, Melbourne.

Last week 13 of Point Advisory’s team members spent the afternoon volunteering at the FareShare kitchen in Melbourne. The team had a great time and assisted with the preparation of nearly 4,000 meals. FareShare rescues surplus food and cooks free, nutritious meals for people doing tough. For more information on this great charity visit https://www.fareshare.net.au/

  


 

FareShare rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and cooks it into free nutritious meals for people in need. Around four million Australians experience food insecurity each year while as much as $20 billion worth of food is wasted. FareShare tackles the tragedy head on by rescuing surplus, quality food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers and other businesses and cooking it into nutritious meals.

Upcoming event – Climate risk: The need for action – 13 March

“It is likely to be only a matter of time before we see litigation against a director who has failed to perceive, disclose or take steps in relation to a foreseeable climate-related risk that can be demonstrated to have caused harm to a company.” Legal opinion by Noel Hutley SC.

Climate-related risks and opportunities have become an issue for both investors and Boards.

In 2017, the G20’s Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) issued a set of recommendations providing structure and consistency for management and disclosure of climate-related risks. Companies are now looking to implement these recommendations in their reporting frameworks.

Climate litigation is also increasingly becoming a real risk with proceedings now being taken for lack of assessment or non-disclosure of climate risk.

In navigating assessment and disclosure of climate- related risks and opportunities, companies will face a number of challenges. With these challenges in mind, Norton Rose Fulbright, Point Advisory, and the Future Business Council have developed this practical session for participants which will cover:

  • current and emerging litigation risks relating to climate change and climate related disclosure
  • the investment community’s perspective on how climate risks should be addressed
  • how to build a business case to understand and elevate this issue within your organisation, helping you better communicate with and bring together Board members, senior executives, risk professionals, legal teams, and sustainability experts
  • AGL’s experience in navigating the TCFD recommendations and producing their first TCFD report.

Please join us for a discussion on why climate risk should be part of your business agenda and how you can make it happen.

Speakers:  

Elisa de Wit, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Christophe Brulliard, Principal Consultant, Point Advisory

Emma Herd, CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change

Theo Comino, Manager Greenhouse and Sustainability, AGL Energy, and

James Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Future Business Council

Date:

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Time:

4:45 pm – Registration

5:00 pm – Seminar starts

7:00 pm – Seminar ends

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Networking drinks

Where:

Norton Rose Fulbright

Level 15, RACV Tower, 485 Bourke Street

Melbourne, VIC

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RSVP here.