Close Search
News  | 

Award Recognises Ethical NFP

20 November 2014 at 10:26 am
Lina Caneva
An Australian Not for Profit organisation that works to empower marginalised and disabled women through literacy, skills training and employment is the winner of the 2014 Ethical Enterprise Award.

Lina Caneva | 20 November 2014 at 10:26 am


Award Recognises Ethical NFP
20 November 2014 at 10:26 am

An Australian Not for Profit organisation that works to empower marginalised and disabled women through literacy, skills training and employment  is the winner of the 2014 Ethical Enterprise Award.

Announced at the inaugural Ethical Enterprise Conference and ceremony dinner in Melbourne, the award was presented to the organisation called Seven Women for its commitment to providing positive impact and change, with the NFP taking home $10,000.

Seven Women began as a grass roots development project for seven women who were found operating out of a tin shed in Nepal and enduring harsh discrimination due to their disability and has developed  into two centres in Nepal and one regional centre, which together have trained and employed over 700 marginalised women.

Now in its second year, the award Ethical Enterprise Award was presented by Moral Fairground, a Melbourne-based social enterprise and organiser of the annual Fair@Square, Australia’s largest ethical and fair-trade festival.

Susanna Bevilacqua, CEO of Moral Fairground and award co-founder said the Seven Women program is a best practice example of the power of ethical enterprise for making genuine positive change.

“The Seven Women program employs fair trade principles to produce all their products and not only does the program empower the women involved, it has a flow-on effect into the women’s communities,” Bevilacqua said.

Phil Vernon, Managing Director of Australian Ethical and award co-founder, said he believes the award raises awareness of the importance of ethically oriented business in meeting global social and environmental challenges.

“This award celebrates not only the direct positive impact of socially conscious enterprises but also their leadership in demonstrating to all business how to align an ethical, sustainable offering with long term financial returns and viability,” Vernon said.

“Seven Women have a conscious and innovative business model that is a testament to the growth of ethical enterprise in Australia.”

The finalists for the Ethical Enterprise Award were;

Dharma Door, a fair-trade homewares and lifestyle products making a positive impact through trade.

Eternal Creations, a fair-trade fashion brand with a transparent and ethical manufacturing process.

ETIKO, ethically made, eco-friendly clothing, footwear and sports gear.

Mission Australia, generating positive impact through employment opportunities for people excluded from the open labour market and reduction of state-wide mattress waste.

STREAT, a social enterprise that provides homeless and disadvantaged young people aged 16-25 years with a supported pathway from the streets to a career in the hospitality industry.

Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.

PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at or download our contributor guidelines.


Get more stories like this


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


The six most common mistakes made by new NDIS providers

Faz Mohitian

Thursday, 13th August 2020 at 8:22 am

Corporate philanthropy: Community benefit or reputation washing

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 13th August 2020 at 8:00 am

Navigating sector challenges and the disruption of the pandemic


Thursday, 13th August 2020 at 7:00 am

Sustainable support: A balancing act for philanthropists

Dr Chau Chak Wing

Wednesday, 12th August 2020 at 7:11 pm

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

We need your help.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Pro Bono Australia has seen a devastating fall in advertising and less people posting on our job board, which is how we fund our free news service. You can show us that you value the work we do by making a contribution.

 Make a contribution 

You have Successfully Subscribed!