Rainforest to benefit from new business alliances
ETHICS and big business may have been seen as strange bedfellows once, but successful companies are now looking to give something back.
The move is part of a growing trend of businesses joining with charity and service groups to help the community.
The Northern Star, Mayne Investments, Summerland Credit Union and Brown and Hurley Trucks are just a few of the local companies donating back to the community, as are outside companies such as the Commonwealth Bank and Newcastle Permanent Building Society.
Brookfarm owners Martin and Pam Brook are donating part of their profits to Mullumbimby-based Rainforest Rescue.
“Of much more importance than our products is our partnership with Rainforest Rescue,” Mr Brook said.
“The partnership is also a great way for our customers to become closely involved.”
Rainforest Rescue has been buying threatened rainforest properties in the heart of the Daintree since 1998.
The group's director, Rick Christian, said the decision to partner with Brookfarm was carefully thought out.
“We have to be careful who we work with,” he said. “Brookfarm has the right attitude and gets a big tick from us.”
“They have been committed to rainforest restoration from the very beginning.”
Mr and Mrs Brook began planting their own rainforest on the property 20 years ago, recreating the Big Scrub rainforest that existed on the Far North Coast for thousands of years.
The Commonwealth Bank is another business helping the community through its local grants program.
The Centre Against Child Sexual Assault, through Lismore Neighbourhood Centre Inc, has received one of the grants for a sexual education program on the Northern Rivers.
Newcastle Permanent's charity arm recently donated $90,000 to local groups, and has another round of submissions closing on November 27. Call 13 19 87 for details.
Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation committed to protecting rainforests by creating opportunities for individuals and businesses to support rainforest conservation. Their projects address climate change and involve the purchase, restoration and protection of rainforests.