LUSH

The Australian Business Award for Community Contribution recognises organisations for initiatives that positively impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit.

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LUSH is a ‘cosmetic grocer’, selling handmade and inventive products loaded with the freshest ingredients and essential oils. Lush believes in standing up for animal rights, protecting the environment and supporting humanitarian causes. LUSH has high ethical standards driving their business and underpinning all business decision so they can make the world a better place.

LUSH fight animal testing by ensuring none of their ingredients have been tested on animals and actively campaign to end animal testing in the cosmetic industry worldwide. They minimise their impact on the environment by inventing products with little need for packaging and ethically source their fresh ingredients. LUSH strives for a more transparent and regenerative supply chain and heavily invest in permaculture start-ups around the world. They try to stop the cycle of poverty for farmers, and in some cases, reverse environmental destruction with permaculture training and infrastructure. LUSH also actively campaign on social issues they feel strongly about, such as: global LGBTI rights, shark culling, asylum seekers, puppy farming and over packaging. These pillars ensure that the ultimate outcome of LUSH’s charitable giving and ethical business practices benefit all levels of our environment, from our natural surroundings, animals and people within it.

LUSH is always mindful of how their products and business practices interact with the environment and people. In 2007 they created a Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion to raise money for grassroots charities. For LUSH, community contribution is part of being an ethical business with a strong sense of social responsibility entrenched in their values. 100% of sales from Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion (minus the GST) is donated to fund grassroots charities and not-for-profit projects working on animal protection, human rights and environmental issues around the world. LUSH prefers to fund smaller organisations who are often overlooked by other funders and who have limited resources. They believe they can make the most impact by doing this.

The SLush Fund was established in November 2010 with the idea of moving their ethical buying practices beyond buying fairly traded ingredients, in order to develop supportive partnerships with the communities that produce them. The SLush Fund has enabled LUSH to go beyond a sustainable organic alternative and conventional agriculture to permaculture projects. LUSH raises money for specific campaign groups and organisations by selling Limited Edition campaign products and they also donate products to charities. LUSH also publish and distribute a catalogue through stores called “Fresh Matters”. This aims to educate customers on what LUSH does and how they can personally make a difference to the current state of the world.

LUSH’s ethics extend to everything they do and they are continually looking for ways to improve their practices and policies to make a greater impact on the community. LUSH is being recognised for a Community Contribution award in the Australian Business Awards 2016.

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.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

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.

Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.

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