Australian Sustainability Leaders Excel Internationally
27 November 2013 at 9:18 am
Two Australian sustainability champions have recently been appointed to prestigious global leadership roles.
Fuji Xerox Australia’s Head of Sustainability, Amanda Keogh, has been elected onto the Global Reporting Initiative Stakeholder Council while the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA’s) Chief Executive Romilly Madew will co-chair a new global network focused on building greener, healthier schools and increasing the environmental literacy of the next generation of students.
Keogh will represent the business constituency for Australasia, meeting biannually with other Council members to guide the GRI on strategic issues, and will also advise local GRI focal points on country specific developments for Australia.
The GRI sets global sustainability reporting standards and is highly regarded for the quality of its stakeholder engagement processes in standards development.
“We’re delighted to welcome Amanda Keogh to GRI's Stakeholder Council, representing the business constituency for Oceania,” Head of Australia at the Global Reporting Initiative, Victoria Whitaker, said.
“Amanda has an exceptional track record in sustainability reporting. Her work at Fuji Xerox Australia has innovated reporting in Australia, and she has driven the uptake of sustainability reporting across the Asia region.
“We have no doubt that Amanda will be a valuable and strong voice on the Stakeholder Council, representing GRI's other Australian Organisational Stakeholders including Westpac, ANZ, BHP Billiton, Stockland, GPT Group, Transurban and many more.”
In her role, Madew will co-chair the recently launched Global Coalition for Green Schools, which will consist of green building councils and other like-minded organisations from around the world and will work at the grassroots level to deliver communities resources and support to transform their schools.
“With the support of the Global Coalition for Green Schools, we will bring the right people together to create an Australian centre for sustainable schools. This hub will share case studies and examples of great education facilities, and provide information on the range of programs and resources that already exist to teach students about sustainability,” Madew said.
“A centre for sustainable schools will help us invest in the future of our students, teachers and our planet,” Madew said.
Each of the 28 founding members of the Global Coalition for Green Schools will establish a national network to connect stakeholders, build partnerships and create a movement to advocate for change.
“With more than 9,500 schools around Australia, our ambitious vision is for all students and teachers to have access to sustainable places for learning, and for all students and teachers to reap the benefits of healthy, productive, efficient education facilities,” Madew said.