Media release: SBA welcomes Nissan Australia to its membership

Australia’s peak body for sustainable business, Sustainable Business Australia (SBA), warmly welcomes leading vehicle manufacturer and electric vehicle innovator, Nissan, as a member.

By joining SBA, Nissan is escalating its local commitment to sustainability and leveraging its existing global membership of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), of which SBA is the Australian global network partner.

Nissan is one of the country’s biggest automotive brands and sells a range of popular vehicles including the Nissan Qashqai, Nissan X-TRAIL and the Nissan Pathfinder, and introduced the very first all-electric car to the market, the Nissan LEAF.

Anchored by the company’s ongoing Nissan Green Program, which was launched in 2001 with a long-term vision toward 2050, Nissan is increasingly being recognised for its commitment to improving the sustainability of its operations and its vehicles.

In June this year, Nissan launched Nissan Sustainability 2022, a comprehensive plan to reduce the company’s environmental impact, strengthen diversity and inclusion, and enhance governance, across all of its operations, including Australia.

“It is fantastic to have Nissan join Sustainable Business Australia as part of its local efforts to fulfil its Sustainability 2022 plan,” said Andrew Petersen, CEO of Sustainable Business Australia.

“We’re excited to have such a forward-thinking vehicle manufacturer join us and demonstrating sustainability leadership in the automotive space.”

While Nissan’s Sustainability 2022 initiative is global in its reach, Nissan is committed to driving positive outcomes locally.

“Nissan is working towards a zero-emission, zero-fatality society,” said Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester.

“We have a number of environmental, social and governance initiatives in place that are forward focused and ongoing.

“For example, at our dedicated manufacturing plant in Melbourne we are looking at what we can do to reduce C02 emissions and the use of raw materials, and how we can recycle more and use less power and water.

“People, inside and outside of the business, are also a priority. We look at how we can give more support in the community, which we do via our partnership with Fareshare, and focus on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“We are proud of our initiatives and proud to be a member of Sustainable Business Australia.”

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Petersen
CEO, Sustainable Business Australia

t:             +61 (0)2 8005 0780
m:           +61 (0)412 545 994

About Sustainable Business Australia

SBA was established in Australia in 1991 and is the peak body for support and advocacy for sustainable business activities in Australia. In 2014 SBA was appointed Australia’s Global Partner for World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and in 2018 selected as the Australian focal point for collaboration with the Natural Capital Coalition.

SBA’s members include leading Australian businesses, from all sectors, who share a commitment to economic, environmental and social development. SBA represents member companies, public sector enterprises and institutions, BINGOs and community organisations, which in turn represent 100,000+ Australian employees.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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Media release: SBA welcomes ride-share innovator Liftango as its newest member

Australia’s leading peak body for driving business action on the sustainable development agenda, Sustainable Business Australia (SBA) is delighted to welcome Liftango to its membership, joining other leading organisations committed to the transition to a sustainable Australia.

Liftango is an innovative corporate rideshare and demand-responsive technology company which is addressing major mobility and liveability challenges with its solutions. After having been established in 2016 through the NRMA-sponsored Jumpstart Accelerator program, Liftango is now growing rapidly, counting a number of large organisations as clients.

“We are excited to have Liftango join SBA,” said Andrew Petersen, CEO of Sustainable Business Australia. “Liftango is addressing the huge environmental and liveability impacts of congestion caused by single-occupant vehicles. It will also add significant expertise to our membership and mobility programs of work.”

“It is great to have joined the SBA family, it is an organisation that shares Liftango’s passion and values,” said Kevin Orr, CEO of Liftango. “We are especially excited about the many mobility initiatives SBA are driving and our team look forward to collaborating and contributing towards corporate sustainability initiatives across Australia.”

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Petersen  Kevin Orr
CEO, Sustainable Business Australia  CEO, Liftango
t: +61 (0)2 8005 0780  m: +61 (0)424 539 644
m: +61 (0)412 545 994

Media release: Sustainable Business Australia welcomes Professor Kate Auty as Board Director

5 September 2018

Australia’s peak body for sustainable business, Sustainable Business Australia (SBA), warmly welcomes Professor Kate Auty as a Director (co-opted), further expanding the expertise and leadership of the SBA Board.

Professor Kate Auty is currently the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (ACT), a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and holds a number of board and committee positions. Kate is also the Chair of the Banksia Foundation, Australia’s longest running sustainability recognition and awards program. During her impressive career she has held the position of Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in Victoria and worked as a Magistrate, Coroner and Mining Warden.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Auty whose track record for leadership in sustainability and the environment has ensured she is widely regarded and respected,“ SBA CEO and Company Secretary, Andrew Petersen, said.

“Professor Auty’s expertise and perspective on sustainability as a whole-of-economy imperative will be invaluable as SBA moves through a period of significant growth.”

”I’m delighted to be joining the Sustainable Business Australia Board at a very exciting time for the organisation,” Professor Auty said. “I welcome the opportunity to contribute ideas for action on issues such climate risk, natural capital, the future of work and non-financial performance reporting, issues which are increasingly priorities for corporate Australia.”

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Petersen
CEO, Sustainable Business Australia
t:             +61 (0)2 8005 0780
m:           +61 (0)412 545 994


Welcome Sunny Verghese – new Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development



Statement by Andrew Petersen, Chief Executive of Sustainable Business Australia, Australia’s peak organisation for businesses engaging in sustainable development and aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The arrival of Mr Sunny Verghese to the role of Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is another positive sign of the broadening of the sustainable development business agenda beyond the Europe, the Americas and Australia.

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