International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has joined forces with Science for Wildlife—a leading Australian not-for-profit wildlife conservation organisation—to raise awareness about wildlife conservation under climate change and activate volunteering opportunities for the venue’s team.
The initiative will see the convention, exhibition and entertainment venue utilise its global platform as an international event destination to promote the conservation group’s programs both internally to its team members and externally to its broad network. Science for Wildlife will provide learning, development and volunteering opportunities to ICC Sydney’s broader team.
ICC Sydney’s CEO, Geoff Donaghy, said the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partnership between ICC Sydney and Science for Wildlife will help protect koalas, now listed as an endangered species following the impact of global warming and urban expansion, as well as enrich the venue management team’s social and wellbeing experiences.
“We strive to make a difference in our world and leave a positive legacy against a triple bottom line—considering the ways we can foster community engagement, environmental sustainability and economic development. As an iconic destination, we are very conscious of our environmental impact and particularly the potential harm of evolving climatic conditions on Australia’s unique and precious wildlife.
“It’s imperative for large scale organisations to operate in a sustainable manner and to promote ways for people to engage with, and learn from, organisations such as Science for Wildlife.
“ICC Sydney’s permanent team members now have access to learning and development opportunities through Science for Wildlife, either out in the field to monitor koalas or plant trees or deliver projects online, supported by a paid day to volunteer for this worthy cause.
“We hope to make a difference in raising awareness about our partner’s environmental conservation projects and to drive positive change in the protection of an endangered species—the much loved koala,” Donaghy said.
Speaking at the team launch of the partnership at ICC Sydney, Science for Wildlife’s Executive Director, Dr Kellie Leigh said the organisation was pleased to welcome this new network into its fold through the partnership with ICC Sydney.