The first Sustainability Advantage Gold Partner, Converga, was also the first to achieve both Bronze and Silver Partner status.
Business services provider Converga is the first organisation to be recognised as a Gold Partner of the NSW Government's Sustainability Advantage Program for business.
Converga recognised for outstanding environmental achievement
The St Leonards-based business processing and outsourcing company achieved the honour as part of the program by demonstrating outstanding environmental achievements and leadership.
Sustainability Advantage is run by the Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet (OEH) to help medium to large organisations understand sustainability and implement projects that strengthen environmental and business performance.
In the three years it has been in Sustainability Advantage, Converga has progressively integrated sustainability into its operations and core business values.
The Program has helped Converga gain a competitive advantage through developing innovative sustainability services for its clients, including changing from paper to digital invoicing, which they claim commonly saves 100 tonnes of carbon emissions for every one million invoices.
CEO, Brian Roberts said proactive and continuous sustainability improvements have been good for the business, which grew 11 per cent last financial year.
Program members save money and cut carbon pollution
More than 480 participating Member organisations in the Program are expected to make a combined $42.5 million in financial savings and save 83,000 tonnes of carbon pollution.
Program Members that have achieved Bronze, Silver or Gold Partner status since June 2010 will be formally recognised at a business breakfast on Friday 3 June 2011, ahead of World Environment Day 5 June.
To date, 51 organisations have been recognised as Sustainability Advantage Partners. Converga was the first organisation to achieve both Bronze and Silver Partner status and will be eligible to apply for world-leading Platinum Partner status next year.