Future Leaders Address Food Waste at Enactus National Conference

  • Addressing food waste with top university students
  • $5,000 prize on offer for Brambles Food Waste program
  • Winning team gains entry to global championships in Canada during September 2016
2015 winner of the Enactus National Championship - University of New England

2015 winner of the Enactus National Championship – University of New England

Australia’s best university students around the country will converge in Sydney this week as part of the Enactus National Conference and Championships addressing challenges including food waste, sustainable living, nutrition in schools and refugee programs.

An Enactus project can be on almost anything as long as it empowers people in need to improve their quality of life and standard of living. Enactus students devise, develop, deliver and document each of their projects, considering relevant economic, social and environmental factors in identifying the group in need.

CHEP Asia Pacific President, Phillip Austin, is an Enactus Board Member and judge at this year’s national competition for the Brambles Food Waste Challenge and will announce a winner on the final day of the conference. The winning team can take home a $5,000 prize to contribute to their project.

Mr Austin said, “Addressing food waste is an important issue in improving supply chains. Our sharing and reuse model is based on creating sustainable solutions for our customers in reducing waste.

“It just makes good business sense for leaders of today to support future leaders of tomorrow. This program sets the foundations in making changes to the world that will benefit generations to come.” Mr Austin said.

Enactus is a not for profit organisation providing a platform for outstanding university students to create real-life community development projects to improve the livelihood of those around the world.

Founding Director and Enactus CEO, Judy Howard, manages the Enactus program, which includes 20 universities and corporate business partners in Australia.

Ms Howard said, “Each year we are overwhelmed with the high calibre of talent, insight and ingenuity these students demonstrate in their projects aimed at improving the livelihood of people within their community, their development and the corporate partners they work with.

“Students are able to work with blue chip organisations on real-life challenges while experiencing the best guidance and mentoring to achieve real results for real people.

“Through carrying out projects that help the community, students develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills including project management, problem solving and networking skills. They also enhance their innovation and entrepreneurial skills through working with real world problems.” Ms Howard said.

Enactus operates in 36 countries globally, bringing together the skills and experience of two generations of leaders: those who are currently leading major organisations and student leaders, to make the world a better place through the positive power of business and entrepreneurship.

The Enactus National Conference and Championships provides an opportunity for Enactus teams to present the outcomes of their projects to a team of judges drawn from the business community around Australia.

The 2016 National Conference and Competition will be held from 5-7 July 2016 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth at 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Register to attend the conference and competition via https://register.eventarc.com/32609/enactus-2016-national-conference-and-competition

Enactus Board Member and Brambles Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tom Gorman, recently announced the global initiative, 1 Race 2 End Waste, to reduce food loss and waste in developing as well as developed countries, which will be launched at the Enactus World Cup from 28 – 30 September 2016 in Toronto, Canada. The winning team of the Australian conference will go on to compete at the Enactus World Cup.

Source: CHEP