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Melbourne conference explores past, present and future of social impact

The 2019 LBG Conference series for Australia and New Zealand, hosted by Suncorp and ISPT Property, saw more than 300 people come together over two days to explore the continued growth of social impact and the evolution of measurement through the new LBG Framework.

Knowledge Exchange gives industry an opportunity to inform current research

Forty industry representatives heard presentations from four social impact academics covering corporate political activism, diversity within organisations, PR opportunities of social impact and the impact of modern slavery.

Each academic delivered their presentation four times in intimate focus group sessions which encouraged deeper involvement. The focus was on providing industry with an update on research being undertake across the country and to source feedback, data and insights which could strengthen the research.

Members of the LBG steering group and Corporate Citizenship team hosted each of the groups and Steering Group members Francesca Hunter from Yarra Trams and Gemma Rapson from Woodside provided an overview of each session at the plenary day at Suncorp.

Read a summary of sessions

LBG members network and explore the future of impact

Following the Knowledge Exchange, ISPT Property hosted a special networking event for the LBG Community at Foy’s Arcade.

The event provided an opportunity for members to connect with other members and share their stories about how LBG is being used within their organisations and learn from different social impact work being undertaken across the country.

Attendees also heard from Simon Robinson, LBG Director, Corporate Citizenship, who provided an overview of the changes to the LBG Framework including the introduction of two new routes to impact.

To further highlight the expansion of the LBG Framework, Mark Daniels, Executive Director Buyer Services, Social Traders explored the opportunity of social enterprises.

Dillon tells conference “You can’t fix what you can’t measure”

From present day issues such as the governance required to support social impact, to future ideas around using artificial intelligence for social good, the 2019 Conference explored the topic from a range of perspectives.

Hosted by Suncorp, the full day event included Social Impact Stories from Optus, Australia Post and Mirvac; a panel discussion on governance for social impact, keynotes on using AI for social good by Kath Leong from Spark Beyond and a selfish plan to change the world by Justin Dillon; updates from the Corporate Citizenship team about LBG Data, State of CCI and the new LBG framework; a briefing on the relationship with the Global Compact Network Australia, and a series of Deep Dives exploring various aspects of LBG.

Highlights from the day included:

  • “I don’t think we should talk about just trust anymore; we should talk about being ‘trustworthy’” – Sara Parrott
  • “It’s not enough to say you have purpose, can you put your hand on your heart and know what real difference you are making” – Professor Kristy Muir, CEO, Centre for Social Impact
  • “You can’t fix what you can’t measure” – Justin Dillon, Founder & CEO, FRDM

Read a summary of the sessions from the Conference