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BCSD AUSTRALIA WELCOMES GOVERNMENT'S OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP CONSULTATION

Collaborating with Members and Global Network to Respond to the Initiative


The Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Australia, a leading advocate for sustainable business practices and a network partner of the WBCSD, CDP, Business for Nature, and the We Mean Business Coalition, is pleased to announce its support for the Australian Government's consultation on the Open Government Partnership (OGP). This announcement underscores BCSD Australia's commitment to transparency, accountability, and collaboration in governance.


The Government's consultation on the OGP represents a significant step towards enhancing governance through citizen empowerment, anti-corruption measures, and technological innovation. BCSD Australia recognizes the importance of this initiative and will be working closely with its members and drawing on leading practices from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its global network to respond to this consultation.


BCSD Australia CEO, Andrew Petersen said: "The Open Government Partnership consultation comes at a critical juncture when transparency, accountability, and collaboration are paramount. As highlighted in WBCSD's Reporting Matters 2022, the global shift towards sustainable reporting practices underscores the need for a unified approach. Business engagement in the OGP is not just timely but essential in fostering a national governance model that resonates with the sustainable development agenda, including the SDGs."


"Businesses today recognize the intrinsic value of sustainable governance and transparent reporting. BCSD Australia's contribution to this consultation reflects our commitment to bridging the gap between government, business, and civil society, creating a synergistic approach to sustainable development", said Petersen.


This agenda aligns with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), reflecting a shared vision for effective, accountable, and transparent institutions.


We encourage all stakeholders to visit the BCSD Australia website at www.bcsda.org.au to learn more about our response to the OGP consultation and explore opportunities to contribute to this vital initiative.


This media release has been reviewed and approved in accordance with BCSD Australia's standards, ensuring accurate representation of its brand and mission.



About BCSD Australia

BCSD Australia is dedicated to driving ambition, action, and accountability by businesses on the sustainable development agenda. With strong affiliations to global networks, BCSD Australia plays a pivotal role in promoting sustainable business strategies in Australia.


The Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia), established in Australia in 1991, is the national peak body representing forward-thinking companies and organisations that are working towards the transition to a sustainable Australia. BCSD Australia’s mission is to accelerate this transition by making sustainable business more successful.


In 2014 the organization was appointed Australia’s Network Partner for World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).


BCSD Australia’s members believe that by integrating social and environmental impacts with financial results, business lowers its risk profile, makes better decisions and creates the solutions needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.


BCSD Australia’s members include leading Australian businesses, from all sectors, who share a commitment to economic, environmental and social development. It represents member companies, public sector enterprises and institutions, BINGOs and community organisations, which in turn represent 120,000 + Australian employees.


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About WBCSD

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.


Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.


Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050. http://www.wbcsd.org


For further information contact: Andrew Petersen, CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, +61 412 545 994

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