Melbourne Market

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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Melbourne Market is Victoria’s wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut flower trading centre, one of six central fresh produce markets in Australia. Servicing more than 3,000 visitors a day, the Victorian State Government made the decision to move and upgrade the market in 2011.

Now located in Epping, the new Melbourne Market was designed with the intention of reducing environmental impact in the areas of water, energy, waste and biodiversity. Whilst this was at the forefront of project design, it has also become a key component of the subsequent operation of the market. Specifically, the new Melbourne Market was designed to minimise portable water usage, achieve a four-star green star industrial building rating, enable the separation of waste for recycling and allow for the construction of frog habitats/wetlands.

Extensive consultation was undertaken, including international market research, to ensure that the project was adopting international best practice from a development level. This was a time consuming process, but this emphasis was designed to ensure that the finished market could be a world leader in sustainable practice, both in terms of design and operation. As a result, the new Melbourne Market is able to save 68 million litres of Victoria’s drinking water per year, reduce its energy consumption by 30% compared to the old market, recycle food waste to farms and zoos and compensate for habitat loss through the establishment of adjacent wetlands.

The research and methodology that informed the sustainable design of the Melbourne Market was, and will continue to be, integrated into the planning of the Melbourne Market and throughout the Melbourne Market Association’s corporate and strategic planning. Melbourne Market has 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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