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Governments urged to support new Cost of Living Crisis initiative

Good360 Australia 2 mins read

 

Call for immediate funding to supercharge social and environmental benefits of Good360 Inner Circle to alleviate growing pressures on families

With tens of thousands of Aussies plunging into extreme poverty from the cost-of-living crisis, Good360 will call on governments to join them and leading retailers and manufacturers to help divert $2.5b of new goods out of landfill and into the hands of people in need at the launch of the Good360 Inner Circle.

To be launched on World Environment Day, Monday, June 5, 2023, the Good360 Inner Circle initiative, which is supported by the Australian Retailers Association, will provide much needed relief from the cost-of-living pressures, while at the same time fast track the circular economy and reduce the amount of new unsold goods including whitegoods, furniture, clothing, books, toys and more going to waste.

The program requires Inner Circle partners to demonstrate a clear commitment to sustainability and social impact in the way they operate as a business and make an on-going commitment to donate goods or services, fundraising, volunteer staff and expertise and share their impact with customers, employees, and stakeholders. 

According to Founder and Managing Director of Good360 Australia, Alison Covington AM, governments need to step up and support the program to achieve its full potential and, in doing so, help charity groups funding go further.

“Since establishing the Good360 concept, we have received encouraging noises from governments supporting what we do, but now is the time that they back up the verbal support with financial support,” Ms Covington said.

“It is ridiculous to think that while many millions of Aussies are struggling and going without life’s essentials, we have around $2.5 billion of new unsold products going to waste each year – products that would positively change the lives of many.”

Following are the details of the media launch of the Good360 Inner Circle.

What:                      Launch of the Good360 Inner Circle, an industry backed initiative to provide much needed relief from the cost-of-living pressures, while at the same time fast track the circular economy

When:                     1pm, World Environment Day, Monday June 5, 2023

Where:                    BIG W Pagewood

                                    Westfield Eastgardens

For parking: Enter via Bunnerong Road and follow the sign to purple car park level. 

Who:                         Alison Covington AM, Founder & Managing Director, Good360 Australia

Paul Zahra, CEO, Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

Kate Langford, General Manager Stores & Store Support, BIG W

Media contact:                 

Hrishi Joshi, Lighthouse on 0431059037 or hrishikesh@lighhousecomms.com.au


About us:

About Good360 Australia: Good360 connects charities, disadvantaged schools, and society’s most vulnerable with businesses willing to donate unsold or surplus goods, services, and disaster recovery essentials. Its mission is to ensure the excess goods and services businesses produce every year flow to people in need rather than going to waste. Since March 2015, Good360 has connected over 35 million items to Australians in need, through its partnerships with over 450 businesses and 3,600 charities and disadvantaged schools. By 2025, the charity aims to have distributed $1 billion of new goods to Australians who need them most. For more information visit good360.org.au


Contact details:

Louise Greene on 0479 101 274 or louise@lighthousecomms.com.au

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