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Congratulations to Vinnies Victoria, certified as carbon neutral

Congratulations to our member organisation St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria who has been certified carbon neutral under the Climate Active initiative, underpinned by the Australian government. This is a significant achievement that sets Vinnies Victoria apart as the first social welfare charity in Australia to achieve the certification.

In its media release, Vinnies Victoria stated: "The impact of climate change is on our minds more than ever as the coronavirus pandemic has made us all too aware of our collective vulnerability. Climate change has also been linked to the drought and bushfires that devastated communities around Australia this year.
"It is our experience of assisting people affected by each of these crises, as well as our daily work with people on the frontline of poverty and disadvantage,that underpins our commitment to achieving a sustainable, equitable future for all – #greenworks.
"Our organisation is already working hard in the sustainability space through its contribution to the circular economy – last year Vinnies Shops sold almost 11.5 million items and garments to nearly 4 million customers, and through partnerships, diverted more than 3.5 million kilos of apparel and 10,000 mattresses away from landfill into reuse.
"We are now taking accountability for the greenhouse gas emissions associated with these shop operations and our other charitable works. While the purchase of 10,000 tonnes of high-quality offsets is necessary this year, Vinnies Victoria commits to reducing our carbon footprint through a series of ongoing activities and supporting decarbonisation of the Australian economy."
Vinnies thanked Telstra and Deloitte who assisted in the process, for their "invaluable guidance and support." 
Read the full media release, here
Watch the proud announcement by Sue Cattermole, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria, here.

If you want to know how Vinnies Victoria became carbon neutral, join us in an online Zoom conversation on Thursday 13th August, from 12:30pm - 1:10pm with Gavin Dufty, Policy and Research Manager of the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria.

Register your interest by email, here
Watch a short video with Gavin Dufty, explaining briefly how Vinnies Victoria embarked on the process, here.  

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