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  • Making a difference with corporate social responsibility activities

    November 08, 2022

    Sustainability matters to Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), and we’re committed to securing business events that have a positive social, economic and environmental impact. If you’re looking to go the extra mile, MCB can facilitate a range of CSR opportunities. To get you thinking, MCB have rounded up some ideas:

    Phillip Island Nature Park 

    Known for the iconic Penguin Parade, Phillip Island Nature Park is a conservation organisation committed to preserving the unique flora and fauna of the island. Book a VIP tour with a private ranger guide and provide hands-on assistance making artificial burrows for the local wildlife. Finish the day by watching the famous Little Penguins come ashore from your exclusive spectator box before heading to the underground viewing area for an up-close encounter. 

    Oz Harvest 

    As part of their commitment to minimising waste and supporting the community, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has partnered with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. This will facilitate more than $100,000 worth of in-kind donations of resources and services. OzHarvest will occupy a dedicated space in the MCEC kitchens to run the ‘Cooking for a Cause’ program, a zero-waste cooking masterclass for corporate groups. Using rescued ingredients, the groups create and package nutritious meals to support vulnerable communities. 

    Echidna Walkabout  

    Support endangered Australian wildlife with Echidna Walkabout, an award-winning ecotour operator and social enterprise. Echidna Walkabout is the founder of the not-for-profit Koala Clancy Foundation, whose activities include protecting and expanding koala habitats through tree-planting, weed removal and community education. CSR opportunities include corporate tree-planting and assisting with the removal of ghost nets (abandoned fishing nets) to protect native sea life. You can also book a tour with an expert guide for a fully catered wildlife experience.  

    Moonlit Sanctuary 

    50 minutes from Melbourne, Moonlit Sanctuary is an award-winning wildlife park that allows visitors to get up close with Australia’s native animals. See endangered species and learn how the sanctuary is working to protect them, and don’t miss the chance to hand-feed wallabies, pat koalas, laugh with the kookaburras or even hold a python. In the evenings, book a night tour and witness nocturnal wildlife such as quolls and feather gliders in a natural setting. CSR with Moonlit Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to adopt an animal through their tiered corporate sponsorship program. 

    For more inspiring ideas, head to MCB’s ‘Itinerary Inspirations’ page.