MEDIA RELEASE - Local Small Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability
Local small businesses achieve Symmetry Bronze for Sustainability
Environmentally conscious small businesses from the Macarthur region have received formal recognition for their commitment at a ceremony held at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, Mount Annan, on Monday 24 November.
MACROC President, Cr Anoulack Chanthivong, presented the 10 local businesses with a certificate of recognition, acknowledging their completion of the first stage of the Symmetry Sustainable Business program.
“This is a great outcome for our local small businesses and demonstrates their commitment towards our environment by implementing better practices,” Cr Chanthivong said.
The Symmetry initiative 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, the Macarthur Advertiser and the Liverpool Champion providing media support for the initiative.
“Participation in the program assists businesses in reducing their carbon footprint as well as improving their bottom-line. Local businesses profit from doing things more efficiently and our environment profits from their commitment towards better environmental practices. This program is an excellent way to help local small businesses help our environment,” Cr Chanthivong said.
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'.
“I believe that Symmetry is good for business, good for our environment and good for our community. I encourage businesses to enrol in Symmetry Bronze to demonstrate their commitment to the environment, and to implement strategies to work towards attaining Silver and Gold accreditation, assisted by a specialised mentor to help them achieve their environmental goals,” Cr Chanthivong said.
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