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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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. Sustainability is their virtue; and it is their sincere sense of purpose that underpins every business decision that they deliver.

LUSH invents all their products, source their own ingredients and manufacture and retail their own products. LUSH is always mindful of how their products and business practices interact with the environment and people. Sustainability is at the heart of LUSH, which translates through their six core values; fighting animal testing, having freshest cosmetics online, ethical buying, 100% vegetarian products, handmade products and naked products. They invent solid products without the need for packaging and their unavoidable packaging is recyclable. Their strict freshness policy means they can minimise the use of synthetics and create high quality products on a daily basis. LUSH is also an innovator of environmentally friendly alternatives to hazardous materials.

LUSH supports Fair Trade and Community Trade initiatives and partners with local communities across the world to facilitate permaculture projects. The SLush Fund has enabled LUSH to go beyond a sustainable organic alternative and conventional agriculture to permaculture projects. They also invest in permaculture start-ups and regenerative environmental programs around the world. For LUSH, sustainability is about looking more broadly than the impact of what’s happening now, to instead look at what they can be doing to re-generate and repair past damage. Through ethical buying, they strive to stop the cycle of poverty for farmers, and in some cases, reverse environmental destruction.

LUSH makes responsible decisions about where they purchase items from and prefer to manufacture in the country they trade in, which reduces the carbon used in transportation. Much of their financial profit is reinvested into the company, to ensure effectiveness of their environmental sustainability initiative. The LUSH Prize was also designed to reward groups or individuals working in the field of cruelty-free scientific research to help bring an end to animal testing.

LUSH is a business championing a more sustainable future and is therefore being recognised for 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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