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2020 Sustainability Award Winner - Australian Conservation Foundation

Published on 18 Sep 2020
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The Culture Transformation and Sustainability Awards recognise organisations which have created a Constructive Culture or sustained a Constructive Culture on a subsequent remeasure using the Organisational Culture Inventory® (OCI).

This year we are pleased to announce one of our Sustainability Award winners - Australian Conservation Foundation! Congratulations!


The Australian Conservation Foundation is Australia's national environment organisation. We’re a community of more than 700,000 people who speak out, show up and act for a world where forests, rivers, people and wildlife thrive.  Sadly, our nation faces an extinction and climate crisis - our action must be bolder than ever. Because people created this crisis, people must and can solve it. That makes our culture our most crucial asset.

Our cultural journey has taken six years and while leadership excellence has been a key linchpin, it has involved everyone. We started by implementing two key pillars of organisational performance - a clear strategy that everyone can align behind, and a common sense organisational structure that provides clarity and simplicity. Rather than restructuring  top-down, we empowered our people to design the structure they wanted; the structure we have and love today. That single process built incredible trust across the organisation and allowed us to build the collaborative culture we continue to enjoy.

Over the past two years we have set about making ACF a place where people want to come to work every day. A large  part of this was building on our a culture of feedback based on 6 key workplace behaviours: communicative, supportive, respectful, fun, collaborative, and focused. With these behaviours guiding every interaction we have with each other we have created a workplace culture that supports people to be their best and do their best for each other and our planet.

 We continue to measure the impact of our culture work, invest in our leaders and be open to better ways of doing things to move our organisational culture further into the ‘blue’ constructive styles.

Saving the planet is a tough job, so we look after each other to make the changes we need to see in the world.