Cundall joins responsible companies supporting social equity through the JUST Program
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Cundall has joined a growing group of socially aware companies as a JUST organisation. The JUST™ Program is a voluntary disclosure tool for all types and sizes of organisations. The program provides an innovative transparency platform for companies to reveal details about their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments.
Operated by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), Cundall is only the second company in Australia to go through the JUST process.
“Cundall first found out about the JUST program through our work with the Living Building Challenge”, explains Hannah Morton, Cundall Associate. “Cundall works hard to reduce our environmental and social impact through our One Planet Living endorsement, so looking at social justice equity though the JUST program seemed to fit well with our ethos”.
The JUST Social Justice Label puts Cundall as a front-runner to work on all Living Building Challenge projects, where the new requirement is that at least one company working on a project must be JUST labelled. Cundall is already delivering the University of Wollongong’s SBRC building which is aiming to be the first in Australia to achieve the Living Building Challenge, and Cundall was recently appointed on another project in Melbourne.
As a first time participant, Cundall scored highly in the categories of Diversity, Equity, Safety and Providing Benefit to the Local Community. But there is work to be done, particularly in the area of Charitable Giving, something that Cundall has been addressing by pledging 40,000 hours of volunteering in this, their 40th anniversary year.
“Going through the process of JUST certification made us look at our existing practices and has prompted our directors to make changes for the better”, added Hannah. “The transparency of information we publish means that there is nowhere to hide, it is something I would encourage all companies to do”.