Nina Collinson, National ESG Manager for Glad Group, has been working in the sustainability and ESG sector for nearly 15 years. Her focus to create a positive impact by establishing better business, better people and communities, and a better planet, is unmatched.
She is the author of Glad Group’s ESG report, Modern Slavery Statement and Reconciliation Action Plan which showcase her commitment to embedding ESG perspectives into all aspects of the Glad Group business. As a passionate ESG practitioner, Nina leads the development and implementation of our ‘A Force for Good’ strategy, dedicated to ensuring that we have a sustainable and ethical business that supports thriving people and communities, and a positive environmental impact.
Hello Nina and thank you for taking some time to talk to us!
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Nina: I started my career as a qualified accountant initially. After working in the role for several years, I realised that my passion was for sustainability. I was fortunate to be supported to take make a significant change in my career and have never looked back. With nearly 15 years’ of experience as a ESG professional, I am committed to the role and helping Glad Group create value for our business as well as the community and environment more broadly.
Outside work, I am a keen walker and enjoy spending time outside with my family – I’m a mum to two children which takes up a lot of the rest of my time!
2. What brought you to join Glad Group?
Nina: I had been fortunate to work for most of my career for organisations that had established ESG strategies and approaches. I wanted to make an impact and was therefore looking for an opportunity where I could really add value and shape an organisation’s ESG agenda.
I was fortunate to be pointed in the direction of Glad Group, where I have been awarded that opportunity to create a fresh strategy aligned with Glad Group’s values and incorporate it in the business on daily basis.
3. Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) has become an essential part of any business, how do you incorporate ESG in Glad Group?
Nina: I think that most of corporate Australia now understands the business case for ESG but we must still make it tangible and ensure that we set tough but achievable targets. It has to be relevant, meaning making it relevant to specific people within the organisation as not everyone can influence everything. Everyone needs to understand their specific role, what they can do, and how that fits into the bigger picture outcomes.
It also must be talked about at the same time as we are talking about the financials of the business. Financial and non-financial performance is intertwined so it makes sense to look at the business as a whole. This means communicating regularly and sharing performance updates.
To incorporate ESG priorities at Glad Group I often wear many different hats. I am delivering on some of our commitments, and I am also engaging people across the business to help me to do so. My key objective is to lead people towards the bigger picture while holding individuals accountable and getting them excited about the potential opportunities in their area of the business. I help Glad Group staff to articulate the value they are creating.
4. As Glad Group’s National ESG Manager, what are your key priorities?
Nina: It has been a busy few years at Glad Group. We’ve achieved a lot and there is still lots to do! To ensure we are focused on the right things, we have just undertaken our second materiality assessment which saw us engage with a wide range of stakeholders to understand the issues that matter most.
As a result, we have just refreshed our ESG Strategy. What we heard from our stakeholders is that we need to continue to focus on:
– Human rights & Modern slavery, both for our own people and our supply chain.
– Safety & wellbeing.
– Emissions management, including biodiversity.
– Chemical & waste management.
Underlying all of this is a commitment to great governance, ethical behavior and transparency and accountability. Our stakeholders want to hear more from us about what we are trying to do, what success looks like and how we are performing. This will see us build on our internal and external reporting in the coming months and years.
5. You were an integral part of the Glad Group’s recently released ESG report. What direction is Glad Group heading given our position at this stage?
Nina: We are at the stage where we need to ensure the ESG perspective is embedded into every decision we make as a business. This is not just about the decisions I am across, it is about making sure it factors into everything that we do, at every level. Ensuring each of our departments understands their role in this initiative as they contribute towards the common goal.
This extends to including all our ESG targets and goals in the same or existing broader business reporting that we do. It is not separate, it is a part of what we think success for this business looks like. We need to continue to take action on the issues that we are facing, such as climate change, which are becoming more and more pressing.
6. How do you suggest we create awareness among Glad Group’s employees for them to realise the importance of ESG?
Nina: Some people have a personal passion for ESG so when we start to talk about it in the corporate context, they connect straight away. Others might need more time, so we are focusing on helping our people to gain a better understanding of the importance of ESG and why it is such a priority, particularly in the context of their role. It’s about sharing what we are doing, why we are doing it and what the impact is.
As I’ve said before, it is about making it relevant to our people and talking to them in a language that is meaningful to them. This means talking about specifics, not hypotheticals. For example, our front-line cleaners are interested to hear about GECA certified cleaning products because they use them every day but will be less interested to hear about our broader governance frameworks across the business (which are incredibly important but of less relevance to them). This is also about being open to feedback and listening to our people. We want our people to give feedback, share ideas and suggestions on how we do things differently or better by creating a positive impact on environment.
7. Do you have ideas to also embark our customers on this journey?
Nina: We are fortunate to work with a fantastic group of customers who have all commenced or are well on their way on their ESG journeys. It is rewarding to work with our customers that share our vision, and we are keen to support them in the achievement of their goals and objectives. It is rewarding for us and our customers as we collectively make a positive impact towards common objectives.
8. What is the most rewarding part about your role/How do you motivate yourself?
Nina: I love my job! I get to look at the bigger picture from a strategic perspective but also get into the detail of specific actions and initiatives. It is also fantastic to be in a role where I get to interact with such a wide range of people in different roles and with different responsibilities.
I am thrilled to be a part of Glad Group’s journey. It is incredibly fulfilling to work for an organization who is committed to embedding ESG into their business, and that truly sees the value and is keen to really give it a go!
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