Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

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

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Established in January 2012 pursuant to the Commonwealth Games Arrangements Act, the Gold Cost 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) is a statutory body tasked with organising the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In the bid to host GC2018, a number of commitments were made to deliver a sustainable event that leaves positive economic, environmental and social legacies. GOLDOC is working on delivering the sustainability commitments made in the bid to leave a legacy of sustainable event management as a blueprint for future events, both locally and internationally.

Currently in the event planning stage, GOLDOC’s sustainability team are currently working to align identified key sustainability priorities with a cross-organisational action plan. These priorities begin at the procurement stage, with plans being put in place to ensure that energy and water efficiency as well as waste management are key considerations in the supply chain for the event. GOLDOC has engaged a specialist sustainable supply chain consultancy service to assist with helping it and contractors maintain sustainable supply chain processes.

GOLDOC also recognise the importance of managing the impact of the event on natural environments and ecosystems. The large scale of the Commonwealth Games come with a propensity to produce large amount of waste and carbon emissions, these areas have thus been identified by GOLDOC for management. Waste management practices have been designed around a Waste Recovery Hierarchy that begins with waste avoidance and prevention, followed by reuse, recycling, recovery and lastly disposal to landfill. Plans are in place to work with staff, suppliers, venues and contractors to ensure that they are educated in and support positive waste outcomes for the event.

Carbon emissions are being addressed through transportation plans. A successful transport operation is critical to the success of any major sporting event. Athletes, team officials, technical officials, media, spectators and workforce must arrive in a timely and organised fashion. The overall transport task during GC2018 requires GOLDOC, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and the City to work together to plan and deliver an integrated transport service.

In order to minimise the emissions derived from games-related travel, GOLDOC is developing strategies to encourage public and active transport options for Games attendees. This includes setting transportation targets, and conducting a full site audit of active travel facilities and access points as well as public transport stops and service times.

GOLDOC have received a Sustainability Award in the Australian Business Awards 2016 for their focus on sustainable practices and planning in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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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