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Social/unsocial - everything comes around  

I get the feeling there's more than just stolen wages involved in 7-Eleven's systematic underpaying of it's workers. Same with Coles' and Woolworths' "Mind the gap" programs demanding suppliers cover their losses.  When our leading companies demonstrate that bullying and meanness are more important in a "successful" business than kindness and respect it filters down setting a tone for how we treat other.  Because meanness like all those disposable baby wipes blocking our sewers accumulates in our systems.  And the thing about bullies is that there's always a bigger, meaner one more than happy to take over the playground.  

There are an estimated 20,000 social enterprises operating in Australia but there's a perception in social enterprise that the "social" part is a disadvantage, the non-business sharing/caring thing is a drag on an enterprise like a sort of financial sea anchor.  But flip over meanness and bullying and treat and pay people fairly and see what happens. Fair Food has a 92% staff retention rate and a customer order accuracy of over 99%. Low staff turnover has created a packing line that works quickly and efficiently like a sports team who have played together for many seasons.  

But this goes much farther than a smooth functioning warehouse; the refugees and asylum seekers who come to work at Fair Food, who experience a culture of respect and kindness pay that on to the workers who come after them, to their children at home, their neighbours and the people they'll employ in the businesses they start in the future.  Profits are very important but success is in business so much more than crushing another quarterly result.  

CERES Fair Food are finalists in this year's Australian Social Enterprise Awards 

A box saved, better than a box made....

Our brown cardboard boxes seem environmental - for a start they're brown and they have a nice texture - ergo surely they're natural.  Well, they are in so far as cardboard is made from trees and trees can be grown again and again, but the thing is that the process of turning trees into boxes, even using part recycled cardboard, takes a lot of energy and a lot of water. 

I was reading today about Riverford Organics study on their carbon footprint and they found that 10% of their footprint was made up in cardboard boxes - more than the carbon emitted through their refrigeration and almost as much as their trucks created home delivering the boxes. Fair Food would be much the same.

So what I'm trying to say in a round about way is flatten your box and put it out at your Foodhost or where it's home delivered so we can reuse or recycle it.  It's the energy equivalent of that saying your accountant sister/uncle/partner can't help themselves sharing at dinner tables or talks at kindergartens, A dollar saved is better than a dollar earned.  

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