The Power of Partnerships

Date: Thursday 3 June 2021
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
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Power of partnerships
Location: Your desk
Date: Thursday 3 June 2021
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Pricing: FREE for Future Industries Australia Subscribers

The 17th UN Sustainable Development Goal recognizes the power and importance of partnerships to mobilize, share knowledge, expertise, technology and resources to support the achievement of a common goal. This session will explore the circular economy partnership between World’s Biggest Garage Sale and national Australian retailer Officeworks to demonstrate why the integration of creative collaborations should form a key part of an organisation’s scale-up strategy.

In particular, it will look at partnerships through the lens of building relationships between major corporate businesses and grassroots social enterprise to accelerate the circular economy and benefit local communities.

Combining innovation, sustainability and digital to transform and renew e-commerce and bricks and mortar retailing. World’s Biggest Garage Sale has been pioneering the re-commerce revolution. Renewing, repurposing and repairing products to bring them new life and maximise their value within the economy. Reducing the negative impact the demand for new products has on our finite resources.


About our speakers

Yasmin GrigaliunasYasmin Grigaliunas

Yasmin is an entrepreneur of impact, who loves people and has an innate passion to help others – it’s her native genius. She loves to win, but more importantly, she loves to see others win. She is currently CEO and Co-founder of the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), and a circular economy pioneer in Australia, driving this industry forward by innovating, collaborating, connecting and mobilising multiple stakeholders towards a shared vision, all while providing social good. Strongly aligned with SDG12, WBGS is focused on SDG implementation, action (‘the doing’) and multi-stakeholder partnerships for the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals. Energetic, authentic and an expert of execution, Yas is a master at enrolling talent, communicating long-term vision, and inspiring people along the journey. Yas and her organisation are living proof that you can provide positive impact for people, planet and profit for purpose.

Ryan Ryan Swenson

Ryan is the Head of Sustainable Development & Government Relations at Officeworks, helping shape the company’s long term sustainability and responsible sourcing strategy, whilst supporting the business to achieve their short term objectives. Ryan’s role includes leading Officeworks’ approach to upholding and respecting human rights across their global goods and services supply chain, and their response to environmental issues such as climate change, the transition to a circular economy and more sustainable purchasing.

Prior to this, Ryan was a Buying Manager for Global & Responsible Sourcing, with a background in buying across various retail sectors.

Ryan’s approach to solving complex social and environmental issues is to establish progressive partnerships, work collaboratively and think creatively. Being part of the solution is what motivates him each day.

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