The Australian Business Award for Business Sustainability recognises organisations that have successfully implemented initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices.

[testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” random=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”Mauro Neves, Executive Vice President Customer & Strategy” avatar=”none” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”Aurizon” link=”” target=”_blank”]“We are committed to building a sustainable business and delivering lasting value for our shareholders, customers, employees and the communities in which we operate.

“Winning the 2016 ABA100 Sustainability Award recognises how far Aurizon has come. We know that being a sustainable organisation does not happen overnight, it takes a team effort. Aurizon has put in the work over the past couple of years to shift the collective mindset so that all of our employees understand what sustainability means for Aurizon and how they can contribute to it. We are extremely proud to win the ABA100 Sustainability Award.”[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10″ bottom_margin=”10″ sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””]

Aurizon is one of Australia’s largest rail freight operators. Each year, they transport more than 250 million tonnes of Australian commodities — connecting miners, primary producers and industry with international and domestic markets.

In 2015, Aurizon expanded their enterprise-wide sustainability focus by pursuing a sustainability program that sought to communicate and coordinate sustainability activities with internal and external stakeholders. Their Alliances and Sustainability (SAS) team worked to establish a sustainability steering committee, produce an annual sustainability report, implement sustainable customer initiatives and undertake stakeholder engagement in relation to sustainability.

Aurizon’s stakeholder engagement process included a series of town hall meetings attended by over 1,600 employees, which assisted in the planning of new sustainability initiatives to address emerging risks and opportunities. Members of Aurizon’s newly established steering committee and their staff met fortnightly to work on developing new initiatives in response to stakeholder engagement processes. This included the development of a carbon calculator, the integration of sustainability into capital planning and procurement decisions and publishing reports on Aurizon’s regional economic contribution and the future of coal.

This emphasis on sustainability was highlighted in Aurizon’s 2015 sustainability report, within which they reported a 5.8% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions, alongside achieving all of the objectives of their 2015 sustainability program. As a result, Aurizon have been recognised with a Sustainability 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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