La Trobe's first sustainability report receives international acclaim (Issue 9, 2012)


SustainabilityLa Trobe University's 2010 sustainability report, Responsible Futures, received the 'Best First Time' sustainability report award from the global sustainability reporting awards announced at the Royal Society in London. 

The Report is believed to be the only GRI compliant sustainability report released by a university that is externally assured to the AA1000 assurance standard, received more votes than any other first time report entered worldwide. This included those of Bloomberg LP, the Landmark Group and GS Engineering and Construction Corp.

Professor Carol Adams, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) said the award highlights the sustainability efforts of the University.

‘Our intention is to become one of the world’s leading universities in sustainability and we are pleased that this award highlights the hard work done by many people at La Trobe. The award underscores the need to continue our efforts on sustainability issues as our latest 2011 sustainability report Creating Futures  shows  we still have many areas of poor performance.’

The awards, voted by the public, are run by the independent, the world’s largest directory of non-financial reports, with almost 40 000 reports from 9000 companies across 160 countries.

In addition, the University's Responsible Futures report was entered in a number of other categories, competing with established reporters, and was ranked:

  • 6th for relevance and materiality coming just behind Novo Nordisk and Royal Dutch Shell 
  • 6th for openness and honesty ahead of organisations such as Dell Inc and Coca Cola
  • 5th for credibility through assurance beating, amongst others, British American Tobacco

Responsible Futures also won ‘Best First Time Report’ at the ACCA awards in 2011. To read both Sustainability Reports, visit