Firstly, I hope you are keeping safe and looking after yourself – with a special shout out to anyone currently in lockdown. We feel very fortunate that there’s been so much to celebrate when it comes to sustainability despite the difficult circumstances around us!
People are becoming increasingly conscious about the products and services they choose to buy. They want to know how their purchase will impact the environment, their health and the wellbeing of those who made it, and whether it will perform as promised. We have seen this reflected in an increase in organisations approaching us for GECA accreditation, including many consumer-facing brands.
GECA’s ecolabel removes doubt and confusion and makes identifying environmentally and socially preferable products easier. We’re thrilled to be working with so many organisations to remove greenwash from the equation and showcase products and services that are GOOD for people and planet!
In July, we submitted the first draft of our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to Reconciliation Australia. We know that nothing is truly sustainable without acknowledging the interconnectedness of the environment and people. A Reflect RAP focuses on the steps we need to take to prepare our organisation for reconciliation initiatives in successive RAPs. We’re looking forward to learning, listening and growing through this process.
We’re thrilled to welcome some new (and not so new) faces to Team GECA. Joel Tan has joined us as our new Standards & Technical Officer, and he’s keen to help Australian industries achieve sound, sustainable and economically viable practices. And formerly a valued volunteer, Karina Schlieper has now come on board as GECA’s new Project Officer. She will manage and support a range of projects across marketing, sales and communications.
And last, of all (but not least!) – we are incredibly proud about being recognised as one of the Best for the World™ B Corps of 2021! The Best for the World are B Corps whose scores in one or more of the ﬁve impact areas assessed towards the certiﬁcation reach the top 5% of all B Corps worldwide. Specifically, GECA has been named as best in Governance.
And remember, sustainability includes wellbeing, so please keep that in mind and take care of yourself and your community.