Climate Council

Climate Council has been recognised for Outstanding Achievement in The Australian Charity Awards 2016. The Australian Charity Award for Outstanding Achievement [OAA] recognises charitable organisations that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that have significantly benefited charitable causes.

The Climate Council is an independent non-profit organisation funded by donations from the public. Their mission is to provide authoritative, expert advice to the Australian public on climate change with the belief that our response to climate change should be based on the best science available. The Climate Council was formed following the abolition of the government-funded Climate Commission in 2013 leaving Australia without an independent authority on climate change.

In September 2015, the Climate Council launched a brand new initiative – The Climate Media Centre. The Climate Media Centre (CMC) is a nimble and reactive media relations hub, which aims to connect journalists with a wide variety of spokespeople and case studies on climate change and to provide them with timely and relevant commentary on the issues. The CMC plans and executes strategic communications that personalise and localise the human and community impacts of climate change, seizes upon critical moments as they arise and synchronises voices to achieve a greater impact. The Climate Media Centre was created following extensive research, conversations and brainstorming both within the Climate Council and with key individuals in the climate movement, journalism and industry experts over many months. Based on these conversations, a real need was identified to fill the gaps that were found.

As the CMC is still in its early stages, performance management and evaluation is an area which is still in the nascent phase. As such, only preliminary data exists for evaluation. However, the underlying structures and principles for continued monitoring, reflection and benchmarking are in place to ensure that the CMC is able to consistently improve its performance. While there are a number of key players within the climate sphere helping to shape the narrative and move public opinion, based on the Climate Council’s extensive social media and online presence and calibre of report production, they have strong evidence to suggest their voice has been highly influential in helping shape this debate. In particular, The Council’s push for consistent, effective message on extreme weather has undoubtedly been a significant influence on the shift in people linking climate change and extreme weather.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Entry is open to all registered charities throughout Australia. The program is open to charitable organisations including charitable funds and charitable institutions located in Australia. Charitable institutions include Public Benevolent Institutions and Health Promotion Charities.

Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

The Australian Charity Awards have been established to identify, recognise and reward organisations for the exceptional work undertaken through their charitable activities. The Australian Charity Awards are a method assessed program providing organisations with the opportunity to have their projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The Awards provide the ultimate platform for charitable organisations to build knowledge and raise awareness of their causes through increased exposure, recognition and acknowledgement.