Case Study -ACL Disability Services
As a registered Not For Profit organisation, community and social engagement are ACL’s strong points. A great initiative started by ACL is Gig Buddies, a project which pairs up persons with and without learning disabilities to be friends and to go to events together like sports, market fairs and late night gigs. People with learning disabilities often miss out on late night fun, so Gig Buddies pairs trained volunteers with people with disabilities to go out and enjoy live music and gigs together.
- ACL Disability Services is a not for profit organisation based in North Sydney committed to promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities and assisting them to live the lifestyle of their choosing. ACL does this by providing support those with mild to moderate learning disabilities and helping them to develop independent living skills. ACL attained all 9 badges in its 2019/20 Better Business Partnership accreditation.
From an operational perspective the centre is focused on being efficient with running costs associated with energy, water and waste and tries to influence others to do the same. ACL now located in North Sydney is located in a building which has been designed incorporating energy efficiency measures including passive design, energy efficient lighting and use of natural ventilation. ACL’s operational procedures are guided by it’s Sustainability Policy.
Waste minimisation is key to the operations of the centre. ACL clearly mark waste stations for sorting of waste and optimising resource recovery, re-purpose paper and cardboard and avoid printing by using electronic over hard copy documents and double sided printing. To reduce single use and disposable items, ACL encourage staff and clients to BYO cups and bags. They have installed filtered water taps in the workplace to reduce need for bottled water.
Purchasing practices include buying in bulk, buying local and trying to prioritise suppliers who meet ethical and sustainable standards. They purchase products that are reusable instead of single use and/or made from re-purposed from recycled content.
Bye Bye Plastic
- They have worked with their suppliers to reduce the amount of plastic used for transporting their clothes from India. Suppliers now make bags from fabric offcuts to replace plastic packaging
- They have taken the Bye Bye Plastic Pledge
- All soft plastics are taken to RedCycle at Woolworths
- They do not use any single use plastic in their store.
- They provide paper bags only if customers ask for them.