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12 dos of Christmas Planet Ark

In the festive season Australians buy more, travel more and eat more than at any other time of the year. This can take a strain not only on our wallets, but also on the environment. Planet Ark again has the 12 dos of Christmas to inspire Aussies to celebrate a Christmas with more joy and less waste.


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Dine out and help out


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There is still time to take part in the DineSmart initiative. Until 31 December StreetSmart partners with restaurants to ask diners to make a small donation to StreetSmart. Every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee. It’s a simple idea that adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.


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Read about GAP’s Education Summit


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Education in Australia took center stage at the 5th National Economic Review held at NSW Parliament House in Sydney on 18 and 19 September 2014.


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Giving new life to old tech at Christmas


posted by Brad Gray, Dec 22, 2014

Christmas is around the corner, a time to get together and eat and drink and exchange… stuff. Brad Gray from Planet Ark has some practical tips on how to lessen the environmental impact.

Christmas is fast approaching, which means a festive season of gift giving and receiving has begun.  

Unwrapping a shiny new gadget on Christmas morning might provide a short-term high, but with more active SIM cards on the planet than people, it comes with an environmental impact.

Global sales figures for smartphones, tablets and PCs are projected to reach 2.4 billion devices for 2014, and that figure is tipped to grow into next year.


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Social Responsibility


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” (Winston Churchill)

Many companies have made social responsibility an integral part of their business model. It’s an increasingly important issue for any organisation. There is a shift towards making a positive contribution – or at least reducing a negative impact – on a corporate and individual level.

More companies today believe in giving back to the community, as they begin to understand how economic growth is linked to social and environmental wellbeing. To be sustainable and credible, organisations have to take the social and environmental consequences of their actions into account.

Is social responsibility integrated in your organisation? How can we strike a balance between economical growth and the welfare of the workforce, our families, the local community and the larger society? And how can we be socially responsible as individuals? How do our actions affect communities outside our immediate circle of family and friends?

If you are interested in contributing a blog, you are warmly invited to contact Svetlana, the editor of Open Forum, at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.


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