The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has won its first major industry accolade, announced today as a 2016 Australian Business Award winner for Sustainability.
The award highlights GOLDOC’s leadership in sustainability which will ensure the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) is delivered to international standards of best practice, leaving positive economic, environmental, social and community legacies.
Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated GOLDOC on being recognised as an ABA100 winner for Sustainability in the Australian Business Awards 2016.
“This award reflects GOLDOC’s commitment to demonstrating sustainability in action, and their determination to drive behavioural change and create a sustainable event legacy for the people of the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia,” Minister Hinchliffe said.
“GOLDOC is leading the way, working tirelessly to ensure our Games will leave a lasting positive economic, environmental and community legacy.”
The ABA100 award is an important milestone for GOLDOC in the lead up to GC2018, recognising the importance of taking responsibility for the impact that the event will have on the local community and region.
GOLDOC CEO, Mark Peters said the organisation has integrated sustainability into its planning framework for the delivery of GC2018, taking into consideration the factors unique to the Gold Coast and Queensland, including the city’s proximity to water, animal life and current environmental practices.
“We have implemented new approaches to sustainable supply chain management and aim to reduce waste to landfill through innovative waste management practices that best leverage the infrastructure available to us.
“We are also driving a number of initiatives around social impacts such as accessibility, diversity and inclusivity including the development of a GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan.
“Ahead of GC2018 we have also instigated a number of sustainability innovations and behaviour change initiatives for the GOLDOC workforce like our recent ‘Accessibility Challenge’ where our staff spent a day in a wheelchair to raise funds and awareness for people with mobility requirements.
“We also won the City of Gold Coast’s inaugural ‘Love to Ride’ cycling challenge in the 50-199 staff category. In addition, we have implemented a resource recovery strategy at our office which has 12 different waste streams.
“GOLDOC is also targeting a Green Star rating for their headquarters fit-out and has implemented an ISO 20121 sustainable event management system. This standard is internationally-recognised as best practise in sustainable event management and we are proud to have recently achieved second party conformity.” Mr Peters said.
The Australian Business Award for Sustainability recognises GOLDOC has executed initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices.
Australian Business Awards Program Director Tara Johnston said the ABA100 winners have demonstrated a commitment to technologically transformative innovation through business initiatives that have propelled them to success in a highly competitive business environment.
These organisations not only position themselves as industry leaders, but also push the wider business community towards excellence.