Employees from across the Pernod Ricard business, including all Australian-based personnel have downed tools for the company’s annual Responsib’ALL Day, to support local community initiatives.
The teams were involved in a range of activities including community clean-ups and repurposing workshops, linked back to ‘Circular Making’ – one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
In Sydney, the team supported Strickland House in Vaucluse, alongside charity partner Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS). Pernod Ricard is the first large group to volunteer at Strickland House since the heritage-listed Harbourside estate was formally transferred to the NPWS to ensure its protection in perpetuity.
A second team of employees spent the day in Rosebery repurposing items including corks, wine bottles, wine barrels and pallets in partnership with Reverse Garbage Queensland, a not-for-profit co-operative that promotes sustainability and resource reuse.
Bryan Fry, Managing Director, Pernod Ricard Australia said: “We are proud to have the opportunity to participate in a unique global initiative that sees 19,000 team members spend the day giving back to their local communities.
“Our team look forward to this opportunity every year as it provides an opportunity to contribute towards creating a better world for future generations, and address sustainability issues our consumers and communities face.
“We’re particularly excited to be the first large group to help transform the surroundings of Strickland House to support better public access to the site and to learn how we can repurpose our own waste into useful items,” he said.
As part of the business’ wider commitment Sustainability and Responsibility, Pernod Ricard also offer ‘Willing to Give’ to all employees across the Pacific, an initiative that provides every team member the opportunity to spend a working day to volunteer with a charity of choice.