Sustainability report

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Committed to our mission

A hallmark of a truly sustainable business is delivering on the promises that it makes to its stakeholders. FY20 was a year where Cleanaway delivered on both short and medium-term commitments that it made publicly and made further progress in our Footprint 2025 journey.

Our FY20 Sustainability Report elaborates on all our material topics. It also introduces our Value Creation Story, which takes our strategic pillars and shows how the inputs we draw on are transformed through our business activities, applying Our Cleanaway Way to create outcomes for our stakeholders. Take the time to read it and thank you for your support in our shared journey towards ‘Making a sustainable future possible’.

How we create value
Our Value Creation Story takes our strategic pillars of People, Earth, Markets, Assets and Financials and shows how the inputs we draw on are transformed through our business activities, applying Our Cleanaway Way, to create outcomes for our stakeholders. It also shows how these outcomes align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
People
We provide secure and meaningful employment for our people. We develop our people’s skills and strive to provide a safe working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe in a diverse and inclusive workforce.
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Earth
Our recycled commodities reduce waste to landfill and demand for primary raw materials. We strive to minimise the environmental impacts of waste management, including greenhouse gas emissions, toxic and hazardous waste, water and air pollution.
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Market
We help our customers and partners achieve their sustainability goals. We contribute to policy evolution. As Australia’s leading integrated waste management company, which owns a portfolio of prized infrastructure, we are advancing waste management in Australia.
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Assets
Our Footprint 2025 strategy creates a strategic moat for our business and ensures we keep pace with growing sustainability expectations. We contribute to a cleaner and safer environment and enable better regulatory outcomes through education.
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Financials
We deliver strong and predictable financial performances. We contribute to the Australian economy through dividends and interest to our capital providers, salaries to employees and taxes to governments.
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Our nine priority SDGs

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

We attract and retain the best talent who are engaged in Cleanaway’s mission, values and culture regardless of gender.

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

We invest in world-leading technology that enable the recovery of energy from waste while transitioning to a lower carbon economy across our operations.

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Our sustainable financial performance delivers returns to all stakeholders over the long term, ensuring organisational sustainability, and contributing to a strong Australian economy.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Our assets have the capacity to service the needs of the market using fit-for-purpose technology and innovation to deliver solutions to customers.

To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised populations.

Our commitment to an inclusive workforce extends to all areas of our business and is guided by our Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement.

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

We provide an essential service to manage Australia’s growing waste needs sustainably into the future. We engage with local communities to understand the economic, environmental and social forces that shape Australia’s future needs.

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

We ensure that our services are responsive to customers’ changing needs, values and goals. We partner with industry and customer to strengthen the market for recovered resources and deliver effective solutions.

Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

We support the transition to a lower carbon economy through growth of energy production services and climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience strategies across our operations.

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

We see all waste as a resource. Through our innovative resource recovery technologies, we encourage customers to reduce reliance on raw materials.

Sustainability highlights

114 ML

Used oil recycled

~ 106 Mm3

Landfill gas captured

~ 792 ktco2-e

Greenhouse gas emissions

~ 134 GWh

of renewable energy generated

> 435 kt

Paper and cardboard recovered

> 19 kt

Plastic recovered

> 25 kt

Steel and aluminium recovered