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BCSD Australia Welcomes Three New Directors to Board

The Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Directors, adding decades of experience to the Board which will be crucial in efforts to move Australian businesses towards Net Zero.

Nik Comito, Head of Sustainability at BINGO Industries, Charles Foster, CEO of IQ Energy Australia and Marian Gruber, Managing Director of ZOOiD, each bring expertise in driving Australian businesses towards more sustainable practices and operations.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Nik, Charles and Marian to the Board of BCSD Australia,” said Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Australia Chair Dr John Hewson. “Following COP26 in Glasgow last year, businesses around the world are under more pressure than ever to move their operations towards Net Zero, and our new Board members will play an important role in supporting BCSD Australia’s efforts to help Australian businesses become more sustainable.”

Marian has more than two decades of experience in sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and as founder of ZOOiD, works with business, government, universities, and not for profits to develop and implement sustainability and ESG strategies and reporting.

"I am so pleased to be joining the BCSDA Board. BCSDA has worked diligently for many years to encourage Australian organisations to put sustainability into action across their operations. Through my extensive experience in sustainability and ESG strategy and reporting, I will bring to the Board a focused attention to the implementation of BCSDA's own strategy,” said Marian.

As founder and CEO of IQ Energy Australia, Charles works to "redeem waste" through the design and development of modular waste-to-resources systems that convert environmentally damaging waste streams into valuable resources which provides benefits to the community and takes us another step closer to the circular economy.

"Sustainability is at the heart of our business and it is a great privilege to step up to the position as Board member for the BCSDA. Being a start-up in the environmental technologies space, we hope to bring another perspective at a pivotal moment where sustainability needs to be at the forefront of all Australian businesses and new technologies and processes need to be enabled to address the significant opportunities and challenges that face BCSDA and businesses in this journey," said Charles.

Nik leads BINGO Industries’ efforts to turn millions of tonnes of materials into recycled products, preventing waste ending up in landfill and supporting the growth of Australia’s circular economy. Nik has over 20 years of sustainability and environmental experience working across multiple sectors for both industry and government.

“I am extremely excited to be joining the BCSDA Board. I believe that I can add member value at the Board level and will work cohesively with the other Board members to guide BCSDA strategy, particularly in regards to where it relates to recycling and circular economy. Steering BCSDA in generating greater value for stakeholders will be at the heart of my appointment,” said Nik.

Dr Hewson and Libby Rankin, General Manager, Risk, Compliance and Audit at NRMA Motoring & Services, were also reappointed to the Board for a further term.

Media contact

Leigh Murray, Spotlight Commmunications

About BCSD Australia

BSCD Australia is an Australian coalition of over 70 private and public organisations advocating for progress on sustainable development. Its mission is to be a catalyst for innovation and sustainable growth in a world where resources are increasingly limited. The Council provides a platform for companies to share experiences and best practices on sustainable development issues and advocate for their implementation, working with governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations.

BCSD Australia’s members include leading Australian businesses, from all sectors, who share a commitment to economic, environmental and social development, public sector enterprises institutions, business and industry non-government organisations and community organisations, which in turn represent more than 100,000 Australian employees.

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

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