MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability
17 September 2008
An impressive 18 small businesses from across the Macarthur region received formal recognition for their commitment to the environment at a ceremony held at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living at Mount Annan on the evening of Monday 15 September.
Macarthur Business Enterprise Chief Executive Officer, David Waudby, presented the businesses with a certificate of recognition, acknowledging completion of the first stage of MACROC’s Symmetry Sustainable Business program.
Symmetry is a MACROC project funded by AusIndustry under the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business Program. It aims to improve the environmental practices of small business through mentoring. The University of Western Sydney, the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living and the Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre are project partners, with local media outlets C91.3 and the Macarthur Advertiser providing media support for the initiative.
MACROC Executive Officer, Christine Winning said that participation in the program assists businesses in reducing their carbon footprint and improving their bottom-line as a result.
“The Symmetry program aims to help small businesses achieve efficiency in water and energy usage and improve their waste management practices. Businesses that have embraced Symmetry are profiled in the Symmetry NewsLink newsletter and listed on the Make It In Macarthur website (www.makeitinmacarthur.com.au). This exposure provides a significant marketing edge, as participating businesses are able to demonstrate the environmental credentials of their goods and services, enabling them to capture a share in the growing ‘green market".
“Two of the companies graduating have already received recognition for excellence in business: Country Valley Milk in Wollondilly Shire has won the prestigious Royal Agricultural Show Society’s 2008 Presidents Medal, and Goddess Essentials, a gift and jewellery business based in Picton, won the Small Business Champions Award for NSW and ACT in the Gifts Category”.
“I believe that Symmetry is good for business, and that a good environment is smart business! I encourage Macarthur businesses to enrol in Symmetry Bronze to demonstrate their commitment to the environment, and to continue in the program to achieve Silver and then Gold accreditation,” said Ms Winning.
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