In this region
All offices have removed plastic cups from meeting rooms
All offices provide recycling points for paper
All offices have stationery points to recycle unused office equipment
Yarra Falls, Melbourne
Off Your Back – Winter Clothes Appeal
Staff from our Yarra Falls, St Kilda Road and Port Melbourne offices donated winter clothing to the Off Your Back initiative this winter, with over 500 items donated across the 4 week event. The clothes were distributed amongst several participating charities throughout Melbourne. This is a great initiative providing warm clothes directly to the homeless and needy members of our community over the cold winter months (no items are sold). We look forward to supporting this cause, expanding its reach across similar programs throughout Australia and New Zealand, as a regular sustainability fixture going forward.
Yarra Sustainability Awards
Computershare won the Sustainable Business Category in the Yarra City Council Sustainability Awards in June 2016. We were awarded for our commitment to sustainable business operations, staff engagement initiatives and development of community partnership building.
The Yarra Falls office was awarded the most improved owned office award in our latest green office challenge, 'How green is your office?'. The team invested their prize money in upgrading 40% of the office's exit signage to low-power LEDs. The new units are much more environmentally friendly, with significantly lower energy consumption and greater lifespans.
Our office in Brisbane was awarded the 'most improved sole tenant' office award in our last Green Office Challenge. The local sustainability team invested their prize money on green improvements for their office:
We've created a more natural and calming environment in our staff breakout/games room by purchasing a number of indoor plants. Staff have embraced the up-keep of these new arrivals by incorporating regular watering into their daily staff kitchen roster.
We've increased the number of employees travelling to work by bike so invested some prize money in additional bike racks.
Community donation – Jane Street Garden
Employees in Brisbane also gave part of their winnings from the Green Office Challenge back to the community by donating to a local community garden project. The "Jane Street Garden" program is focused on enriching people's lives by providing them with a practical way to develop a stronger connection to the food we eat and the environment we live in.
Karyn Walsh, CEO, Jane Street Garden
Our Osborne Park office was one of the winners of our Carbon Games competition. The local team decided to invest their prize money in a unique green project. The office was awarded US$100 in prize money, and the team have made use of every cent. Their new pallet garden has the combined benefit of recycling the pallets as well as creating a green space that is pleasant, functional and compact. The team had help in the form of donated materials and the 5+hours it took to build the compact eco garden, they also raised an additional AU$140 for potting mix and plants. Several colleagues have already donated seeds and seedlings for the garden, which will soon be packed with greenery.
Green Office Challenge Results
We asked our offices to complete a sustainability audit, indicating whether tasks were complete, in progress, not started or impossible.