Up to $120,000 funding available for NSW manufacturers

The NSW Government has announced a program to help manufacturers reduce their energy bills. The Manufacturing Efficiency Funding program provides up to $120,000 of matched funding per site for projects that upgrade energy monitoring systems, replace inefficient equipment, install new energy efficient equipment or improve manufacturing processes.

Point Advisory’s energy team is well equipped to help businesses take advantage of this generous program. Our combination of technical engineering skills combined with economics and financial modelling expertise allow us to identify, analyse and implement the best solutions for our clients.

If you’re a manufacturing business and you’re looking for a way to get an energy efficiency project across the line, get in touch with Alan Dayeh or Ross Tunmer. We recommend acting quickly as funding may be impacted by the forthcoming NSW election.

Point Advisory becomes a signatory to the UN Global Compact

Point Advisory is pleased to announce that we are now a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, joining over 9,000 businesses and non-business participants across 135 countries in the world’s leading and largest corporate sustainability initiative.

The UN Global Compact is a call to companies around the world to voluntarily align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take actions in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Point Advisory CEO, Neil Salisbury, says that “As a leading sustainability services company it is important that we not only show our commitment to the principles but continue to help our clients create a positive impact towards the principles and Sustainable Development Goals.”

We encourage all our clients to consider becoming a signatory and to join the local Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and benefit from access to workshops, forums and resources aimed at learning, sharing, networking and capacity-building around a broad range of sustainability issues.

This year, the GCNA celebrates its tenth anniversary and is planning its inaugural 2019 Global Compact Australia Conference.

To find out more, see the principles here.

Event: The role of Ethics in Human Rights and Sustainability (MEL) – 6th March 2019

Sustainability professionals are increasingly being exposed to ethics-based challenges in relation to their material sustainability topics and salient human rights issues. The event will explore how in light of evolving industry best practice and new federal and state-level Modern Slavery Acts, companies and governments will need to change the way they effectively manage, mitigate and remedy human rights grievances.

To discuss a variety of perspectives on the topic, the speakers include:
Alan Dayeh, Managing Principal NSW, Point Advisory
Dr Shelley Marshall, Senior Research Fellow, RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law
Simon O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, The Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Nina Haysler, Senior Consultant, Point Advisory

The event will be structured as follows:

  • 6.00 – 6.30pm – Registration and networking
  • 6.30 – 7.15pm – Event speaker presentations
  • 7.15 – 7.45pm – Open Q&A discussion
  • 7.45 – 8.30pm – Networking and drinks/nibbles

For catering purposes, please purchase a ‘Free Ticket’ on Eventbrite by the 25th of February. Please note any dietary requirements or any other requirements that could assist in your full participation at this event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-role-of-ethics-in-human-rights-and-sustainability-tickets-55955545543?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Nina Haysler joins Point Advisory’s Sydney office

Point Advisory is pleased to welcome Nina Haysler to our growing team in Sydney!

Nina is a Senior Consultant at Point Advisory’s NSW office based in Sydney. She is responsible for project managing Sydney-based projects. Nina’s area of expertise is in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) integration and business and human rights.

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Nina worked at CAER ESG Research in Canberra for four years, firstly as an ESG Analyst assessing the extra-financial disclosures of the ASX300 and NZ50 companies, and then as a Research Project Manager, leading on CAER’s bespoke projects and providing advisory services for investors. In these roles, Nina travelled to and worked in the London, Brussels and Paris office of Vigeo Eiris – a global research service provider that provides ESG research and solutions for investors. Nina has experience developing sustainability ratings and extra-financial strategies for asset owners and asset managers.

Nina holds a Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) from the Australian National University. In 2018 Nina was selected for the Audrey Fagan Leadership Program, completing a series of Australian Institute of Company Directors courses. Nina also has a Diploma of Financial Planning.

Nina’s academic background and work at CAER have helped form a specialised interest in international humanitarian law and human rights issues. Nina has worked on both the 2016 pilot and the 2018 iteration of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, has been an active member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia’s (RIAA’s) Corporate Engagement Working Group and Human Rights Working Group and regularly presents on human rights-related developments.

Outside of work, Nina has been involved in the development of Girls on Bikes, a migrant and refugee learn to cycle program. Nina also enjoys playing and writing music.

Point Advisory welcomes George Wang to our Energy team!

George Wang has recently joined Point Advisory as a Manager in the Energy and Climate Change team in Melbourne.

George holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering and has over seven years’ experience in the energy efficiency and sustainable built environment consulting fields. He is an accredited NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) and CBD (Commercial Building Disclosure) assessor and has delivered numerous ratings and Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) applications for clients. George is also a Certified Monitoring and Verification Professional (CMVP) and a Certified Energy Efficiency Specialist (CEES). He has extensive experience in energy audits for commercial and retail buildings, building tuning and monitoring services and building upgrade management services.

In 2017, George was part of the team that delivered consulting services of National Construction Code Section J Review for the Australian Building Codes Board. George has a special interest in data analytics and believes that big data will be a key driver for energy efficiency and energy management. Prior to joining Point Advisory, George was a senior energy consultant at Energy Action.

Outside of work, George enjoys exercising, cooking and playing music. He especially likes playing classical and jazz piano and hopes one day to form his own jazz trio.

Point Advisory welcomes Sophie Appleton

The Point Advisory team is pleased to announce that Sophie Appleton has joined us as a Consultant.

Prior to working at Point Advisory Sophie spent two years as the Environmental Advisor for a construction company in New Zealand, where she integrated an environmental sustainability culture into the organisation and helped produce some of Auckland’s top-environmentally-performing earthworks sites. As part of her role, she worked across environmental management, compliance, environmental design, sustainable land management and stakeholder engagement.

Sophie’s passion for sustainability stems from her background in earth science and chemistry. She enjoys using her understanding of earth’s complex systems to provide targeted, sustainable solutions for organisations. As an advocate for education and community engagement around sustainability, Sophie recently organised and MC’d a joint documentary screening, panel discussion and fundraising event on the Circular Economy in Melbourne, which inspired and empowered the community to close the loop in their own lives and organisations.

Sophie has a particular interest in the areas of Circular Economy and Sustainable Health & Wellbeing.

Outside of work, Sophie can be found writing blog posts for her website, exercising and leading a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Point Advisory welcomes Farema Yazdi

Point Advisory welcomes Farema Yazdi as a Consultant in our Melbourne team.

Farema has experience in qualitative research, data management and analysis in the climate change field, predominantly gained through her Master’s thesis and conducting research for local government and non-profit organisations. Farema has also conducted research for a UN Global Compact for Cities report which sought to inform climate adaptation policy in Victoria, and worked with the Climate Reality Project in Canada to assist with the research, development and launch of the National Climate League ahead of COP24.

In her Master’s thesis, Farema analysed the interactions between climate change mitigation and adaptation in the context of Melbourne’s city resilience. Farema is interested in the ways in which contributions of mitigation can be strengthened in resilience theory and practice, particularly in the Middle East. She hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in this field.

Outside of work, Farema enjoys all things art, culture and bouldering.

Farema can be contacted here.

Event: Building the business case and a roadmap for carbon

Climate Risk: Building the business case and a roadmap for carbon.

“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.

Last year, 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.

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
how to develop a roadmap with specific actions tailored to your organisation’s journey to effectively manage and disclose your climate-related risks AGL’s experience in navigating the TCFD recommendations and producing their first TCFD report.

Date:

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Time:

3:45 pm – Registration

4:00 pm – Seminar starts

6:00 pm – Seminar ends

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Networking drinks

Where:

Norton Rose Fulbright
Level 21 ONE ONE ONE
111 Eagle Street
Brisbane

Speakers: 

Elisa de Wit, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Christophe Brulliard, Principal Consultant, Point Advisory
Theo Comino, Manager Greenhouse and Sustainability, AGL Energy; and
James Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Future Business Council

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

Event: The role of Ethics in Human Rights and Sustainability (SYD)

We are excited to officially launch Point Advisory’s Sydney office.

Join us for the launch and hear from experts about “The role of Ethics in Human Rights and Sustainability”

‘Chief Sustainability Officers’ and their teams are increasingly being exposed to ethics-based challenges in relation to their material sustainability topics and salient human rights issues. Since 2011, the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights (UNGP) have provided a framework to better ‘protect, respect, remedy’ significant impacts to people, with some companies improving their human rights practices. However, do the increased number of people impacted by business missteps mean that ethical considerations need to play a stronger role in guiding sustainability strategies.

This event will explore and discuss the role of ethics in human rights and sustainability, and how companies may need to evolve their current strategies and approaches to effectively respond in light of emerging trends and compliance requirements.

To discuss a variety of perspectives on the topic our speakers include:

  • Alan Dayeh – Managing Principal NSW, Point Advisory
  • Abigail McGregor – Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
  • Cris Parker – Head of The Ethics Alliance, The Ethics Centre
  • Stuart Palmer – Head of Ethics Research, Australian Ethical

Event timings:

  • 6.00 – 6.30pm – Registration
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm – Event session
  • 7.30 – 8.00pm – Open Q&A discussion
  • 8.00 – 9.00pm – Food, drinks and networking

Please join us any time from 6pm and help us also celebrate the opening of the Point Advisory Sydney!

The event location has lift access and is wheelchair accessible.

To book your ticket visit https://bit.ly/2PMsoEu 

 

Point Advisory welcomes Alan Dayeh

Alan has recently joined Point Advisory as Managing Principal of our new Sydney practice and to lead our new Human Rights team.
 
With over 20 years of industry and professional services experience, and over 10 years as a sustainability practitioner, Alan has worked both as a consultant and leading in-house teams. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Alan was Westpac’s Head of Sustainability Governance, overseeing delivery of the sustainability strategy, sustainability risk management framework, climate change and human rights position statements and sustainability reporting.
 
In addition to this regional responsibility for NSW-based clients, he is also responsible for the firm’s efforts to help clients continually strengthen their sustainability foundations. Alan is a self-professed ‘materiality nerd’ and passionate about a strategic approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility, shared value, impact investment and measurement, ESG risk, and business and human rights. He is also a Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner as recognised by AccountAbility and trained in a range of sustainability reporting and impact measurement frameworks.
 
Proud father of three, Alan is never short of a dull moment and loves spending time with his wife and kids. He’s waiting patiently for the day that he can get to spend more time on his other interests such as gardening, home renovations, photography and travel. 
 
We welcome Alan to the Point Advisory team…and apologise to all clients in advance for his ‘dad jokes’!
 
Alan can be contacted here.