Sustainability Report wins award

On Monday, 8 August La Trobe’s inaugural sustainability report Responsible Futures won the coveted ‘Best First Time report’ award at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Sustainability Reporting Awards 2011 in Sydney.

ACCA Award WinnersReleased in April 2011, La Trobe University was the first university in the world to publish an externally assured sustainability report on the University’s social, environmental and economic footprint that strictly follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines.  

La Trobe University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Carol Adams said the award recognised the role sustainability plays in connecting different parts of the University under a common goal.

‘Responsible Futures was a collaborative effort that highlighted University staff working across sustainability at all levels, from the University Council to the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary volunteers,’ she said.

Responsible Futures provides an honest and transparent look at the University’s performance and nominates targets the University is required to meet in the future.  Along with the appointment in 2010 of Australia’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability), the report is a major response to the University’s ‘Vision 2015’ strategic plan, which has outlined to ‘operate sustainably and ethically,’ as one of its four main pillars.

‘We are in the business of creating the next generation of leaders and the release of Responsible Futures report will help us develop an engaged culture of responsible leadership amongst our students,’ says Professor Adams.

‘We are now focusing on developing cross Faculty courses and embedding sustainability into existing subjects so that our graduates are ready to tackle sustainability challenges in their future careers and daily lives.

The ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards were first established in 1991  and are given to organisations from around the world for excellence in environmental, social and sustainability reporting. The objective of the Awards is to identify and honour innovative attempts to communicate corporate performance.

‘The Report was said by the judges to ‘clearly demonstrate that sustainable development is a core business strategy’ and ‘gives specific targets for the short term, medium term and long term as well as ‘identifies areas of poor performance’.

The judges also recommend La Trobe University ‘identify specific challenges regarding key targets that could be explored in the future, including feedback from each stakeholder group.’

Responsible Futures is available for download at www.latrobe.edu.au/sustainability/report or to request a hard copy please email generations@latrobe.edu.au

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