Challenging the food industry to commit to a better future

International project delivery company, Wiley has launched at the The Better Future Video (www.thebetterfuturevideo.com), created to shine light on the age-old conundrum; how do we make the world a better place? Wiley have put forward the challenge to the food and agriculture industry to commit to a better future.

There is a growing demand for sensible action to protect our environment. We need close relationships between community, business, and truly great leaders who actively and positively carve the way to a better future. A collective approach means holistic action—sitting together to innovate and create change and get the future right for the generations to come.

This collective approach is bringing people together to think holistically about the world, to encourage business, the government and individuals to strive to make a difference and leave behind a better future for generations to come.

Wiley managing director, Tom Wiley said “Why we are in business and the way we go about it are very important to us at Wiley. We seek out ways to live and honour what we value. This video has given us a platform to share with the world the great opportunities and challenges our world faces. It is up to every one of us to step up and find a better way.”

As well as helping clients to find better solutions and project innovations that create eco-friendly results and address animal welfare concerns, Wiley has implemented several initiatives internally:

  • Wiley HQ in Brisbane has resident on the rooftop a colony of hundreds of thousands of honey bees. Bees contribute to over 97 per cent of global food production and this is their contribution to a thriving bee population supporting our food industry.
  • With a core focus on people, Wiley invests in personal development such as their internal Leadership Effectiveness Authenticity Program (LEAP). Their mantra is “grow our people, grow the business”. The impact of this approach creates a ripple effect as Wiley’s people pay it forward throughout the community.
  • Wiley host weekly lunchbox sessions with external and internal knowledge leaders to share on advances and innovations in eco-friendly and bio friendly tech, sustainable practices and products and even how to make your own bees wax food wrappers.
  • Wiley give back to many great communities, causes and charities. They recently built Australia’s largest charity kitchen at cost for FareShare.
  • The Wiley HQ is an eco-award-winning premises having won; the Master Builders Association State Award for ‘Excellence in Building for Queensland’s Climate’ ($2M-$10M), Major Winner for Building’s Owner/Tenant in the Energex Sustainable Buildings Awards, and a commendation for Environmentally Sustainable Design in the Interior Design Awards.
  • Ingrained in Wiley’s culture is the value to always ask ‘what is the better way?’.

Western Sydney powering Australia’s food supply

Western Sydney has emerged as a food and grocery manufacturing powerhouse, generating $17 billion in output per year and employing 24,400 workers, research released by the Australian Food and Grocery Council indicates.

The report shows that Parramatta is the food and grocery manufacturing capital of Sydney, employing 4,980 workers, followed by Blacktown – 4,176, Canterbury Bankstown – 3,914, Cumberland ­– 2,984, Liverpool – 2,154, Campbelltown – 2,113, Fairfield – 2,081, Penrith – 1,428 and Camden – 562.

Western Sydney exports $2.5b of food and grocery manufacturing products a year and sells a further $5.7b to interstate and domestic regional markets.

Between 2016 and 2017, international exports grew by 10.1 per cent.

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Australian Food and Grocery Council CEO, Tanya Barden, said Western Sydney’s current population of 2.1 million is expected to grow by a further 1m people over the next 18 years, and it is critical to ensure jobs are available in the same areas in which people lived.

“We are constantly being told that manufacturing in Australia is on its knees, but food and grocery manufacturing in Western Sydney is growing rapidly,” said Barden.

“Since 2011, a total of 1,200 new jobs have been created across Blacktown, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield and Penrith.

“Importantly, these jobs allow residents to live and work in their own neighbourhoods, rather than facing a long-haul commute into the city, which takes pressure off our public transport and road networks,” she said.

“Food and grocery manufacturing has the fifth largest output of all industries in Western Sydney, paying $138m per annum in tax.

“We should all be thankful of the critical role that food and grocery manufacturing plays in supporting our lifestyles by putting food on our tables, and delivering the highest quality hygiene and personal care products,” said Barden.

Key points in the report:

  • Wages – Wages and salaries pump $1.9b into the Western Sydney economy annually, worth an average $80,000 for every full-time and part- time worker.
  • Jobs – Western Sydney food and grocery manufacturing businesses employ 24,391 workers, making the sector the 11th largest jobs provider in Western Sydney.
  • Economics – The sector contributes $17.2b in annual output and more than $2.5 billion in international exports. Barden said Australians needed to be proud of their food manufacturing sector as a driver of jobs growth and a major contributor to the national economy, particularly with parts of the state battling drought conditions.

“Food and grocery manufacturing employers in Western Sydney range from major global companies like Campbell Arnott’s in Huntingwood and Kimberly Clark in Ingleburn, through to strong Australian brands like Coca Cola Amatil in Northmead and smaller mum and dad operations,” she said.

“All these operations are dedicated to ensuring the safety and highest quality of their products,” said Barden.

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