A real-estate agency with an employee car-pool program and four bikes on hand for locals to borrow, was last night recognised for its community building and sustainability initiatives at the City of Sydney Business Awards 2012.
Martin Property from Zetland was awarded the 2012 EnergyAustralia Sustainability Award at a gala dinner at The Westin Sydney, with the judges praising the small business for its culture of energy efficiency and community responsibility.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Martin Property was a great example of a business with a far-ranging sustainability policy that was backed up by the day-to-day activities of the business.
“Martin Property impressed the judges because they established specific targets for reducing their impact on the environment and a system to measure their progress,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The small business, with 10 employees, has a dedicated sustainability officer to monitor and evaluate the policy, which is an excellent initiative. The business has also been a community builder in the new Green Square area, establishing an annual community barbecue, providing bikes for locals to borrow and mentoring students at the nearby school.”
The City’s 2012 Business Awards are the biggest yet with a record 883 businesses nominated and 60,000 Sydneysiders casting a vote.
Winners were judged by an independent panel made up of experts from government, academic institutes and the business community. This year’s panel included Greg Hayes of Hayes Knight, Starfish Consulting’s Kate Groom, and Paul Wallbank from Netsmarts.
All finalists are required to submit detailed business plans and are judged on criteria including industry innovation, community participation, strategic planning and environmental sustainability planning.
Martin sales director David Bettini said the award was recognition of a decade-long commitment to the Victoria Park-Zetland area.
“The award is amazing and a great reward for all the hard work we have put in,” Mr Bettini said.
“We pride ourselves on giving back to the community because we love the area, so getting this award has been a great honour.”
Mr Bettini said the business embarked on the sustainability initiatives because they believed everyone had a responsibility to the environment.