Michael Walsh (left), Ethical Investor editor, Northen Regional Development Board chairwoman Margot Sweeney, and Minister for%R
Michael Walsh (left), Ethical Investor editor, Northen Regional Development Board chairwoman Margot Sweeney, and Minister for%R

Captains of good industry

By MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au MICHAEL WALSH wants local businesses to reignite their 'corporate responsibility flames'.

Mr Walsh, of Evans Head, this week launched a pamphlet aimed at inspiring business owners to do good things for their communities.

"This can be as simple as donating money to community groups and working out policies to consider the environment," said Mr Walsh, the editor of Ethical Invest, which produced the brochure in conjunction with the NSW Minister for Regional Development Tony Kelly.

"Small businesses like the local butcher's shop do it well, they do things like hold raffles to keep the faith of the community.

"But the bigger companies tend to get lost with it, so the pamphlet is aimed at encouraging them to get more involved."

Mr Kelly, who visited Ballina for the launch last Thursday, said that it would help make the Northern Rivers a better place to live and work.

"The activities suggested in the brochure can increase the attractiveness and support the sustainability of the region, encouraging more visitors and investment," he said.

The tips range from planting trees and saving water to setting aside a percentage of the company's profits to support community events.

For more information go to www.investnorthernrivers.com.au.



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