Benojo's weekly roundup of the top social impact stories

Each week we aim to bring you the biggest stories across the CSR, philanthropy and charity space. Here’s all the latest in the world of social impact.

National Tree Day – from sapling to 21 million trees

It’s so nice to see slow-growth initiatives finally develop into the vision they initially imagined. This could not be any more true than National Tree Day, which was started back in 1996 by Planet Ark.

National Tree Day is turning 20 this year and showing us the power of forward thinking. What initially started with the idea of planting saplings and thinking about future sustainability and environmental issues, has become Australia’s largest tree planting and nature care event.

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Why social responsibility fuels startup success

A topic that touches every business is responsibility. Not just any kind of responsibility, but the responsibility organizations have to the care of the planet and inhabitants living on it.

Some call it social responsibility. Others call it philanthropy. No matter what you refer to it as, giving back is something that should be a priority for every company.

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Brisbane charity Orange Sky to help Melbourne's homeless

Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett don't mind if people air their dirty laundry in front of them - in fact, it's something they encourage.

The founders of Orange Sky, a charity that washes the clothes of the homeless, say about 3000 people have used their free service since it began about a year ago.

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helping the homeless

Orange Sky founders Lucas Patchett and Nic Marchesi. Photo: Kristian Silva

Four multinationals shifting their business models for sustainability

The new business models are more financially sound in the long term, according to the authors of a new report, which argues that a sustainable future needs new business models.

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Leap of faith in corporate philanthropy

In today's society, organisations are increasingly aware of their corporate responsibility to give back and support local communities.

For CBRE, this has meant enhancing sustainability platforms to reduce our environmental footprint and a national volunteer initiative that offers all employees two days off to take part in our charity program.

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