Over 85% of target businesses donate time and money to community organisations.
When most people think of sustainability, they think of the environment but sustainability is all about finding a balance between society, economy and the environment whilst ensuring we leave the planet in better condition than we found. Also, supporting economic development and a vibrant local community. The target sustainability business program is inviting all members and friends of the program to make a commitment to social as well as economic and environmental sustainability.
Social sustainability is a continually evolving concept, but can be described as:
occurring when the formal and informal actively support the capacity of current and future generations to create healthy and liveable communities. Socially sustainable communities are equitable, diverse, democratic and provide a good quality of life
Partnerships between business and community are a great way to share resources and tap in to thriving networks which help to build a more resilient and sustainable community. Working with a small number of community organisations, the target team is assisting our business members to create partnerships with community groups that will have tangible benefits to our community.
Every day the target team works with inspiring businesses, keen to get involved in their community but not knowing where to start. The Community Sustainability Social Partnership Catalogue helps to address this common barrier, bringing great community causes to your doorstep. This unique aspect of the target program addresses broader sustainability goals - beyond the core focus of environmental sustainability.
Current community initiatives and organisations in the catalogue include:
Click here to view a full list of the Community Sustainability Partnerships
Earth Kids Vegetable Garden
Once your business has found a suitable partner organisation, we recommend you meet to find out about how they operate, where their needs are, and then co-sign the record of agreement.
Alternatively, if you have a specific cause that is not included, there are a great many other vital community organisations in the Marrickville area needing support. Please see table below or visit the Marrickville Council Community Directory and Our Community website for more information and resources.
|Marrickville Legal Centre||Marrickville Legal Centre||(02) 9559 2899|
|Marrickville Youth Resource Centre||Marrickville Youth Resource Centre||(02) 9564 3222|
|Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (ANTAR) Inc||ANTaR - Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation||(02) 9564 0594|
|Metro Migrant Resource Centre||Metro Migrant Resource Centre||(02) 9725 3773|
|NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights lobby||Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby||(02) 9571 5501|
|Australian Foundation For Disability||AFFORD - the Australian Foundation for Disability||1300 233 673|
|BCS Crystal Street Community Shop||Baptist Community Services||(02) 9572 9836|
|Grow NSW||GROW Australia||(02) 6295 7791|
|Rosemount Good Shepherd||Rosemount Good Shepherd||(02) 8571 7800|
|The Bower Cooperative||The Bower Cooperative||(02) 9568 6280|
|Sunnyfield Independence||Sunnyfield||(02) 8977 8888|
Links to advice and support to help your business become more socially responsible
The following organisations and programs help businesses to build their Corporate Social Responsibility.
|St James Ethics Centre - Hub for Ethical Business||Resource to help small to medium sized businesses improve responsible business practice|
|Good Company||Register of volunteers skills & time to be matched with community group projects|
|Global Reporting Initiative||International Sustainability Reporting Framework|
|Good Business Register||Register of businesses working towards operating a sustainable business. The five principles of responsible business practice are financial, workplace, supply chain stakeholder and community and environment.|
|Our Community||Provides advice, tools and training for community groups & schools and practical linkages between community groups, the public, business & government.|
|Hand It On!||StreetSmart Australia was established in 2003 to support and strengthen smaller, grassroots community organisations helping the homeless. Hand It On is aimed at members of the Food industry to fundraise alongside their patrons.|
|United Way||United Way play a leadership role in corporate community involvement programs to improve philanthropy in Australia.|
We encourage you to tell us your stories of what you are doing to contribute towards a more socially sustainable Marrickville, email firstname.lastname@example.org