At the Australasian College of Dermatologists, we are committed to fulfilling our corporate objectives in a way that is ethically, legally and financially responsible, to pursuing socially and environmentally responsible business practices that contribute to sustainability, and to fostering such practices in our Fellows and trainees.
Making a difference
We are actively pursuing strategies that address our social, environmental and governance responsibilities. Some examples include:
Addressing inequitable access to healthcare through our health policy and workforce advocacy, and our community engagement
Fostering reconciliation through our RAP and implementation of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Workforce Strategy
Developing knowledge, skills and expertise among our trainees, Fellows and staff, other health professionals, and the community
Driving system level sustainability of healthcare and addressing issues like antimicrobial resistance through initiatives like Choosing Wisely Australia
Taking action to embed environmentally sustainable practices and behaviours
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Guiding our work
Our Responsible Business Practice Policy provides a set of key principles which guide our activities and provides a clear decision-making framework to assess and prioritise opportunities to maximise our positive impact in line with our mission, resources and sphere of influence.
Understanding how our business and that of our members affects, and is affected by, the environment and look for opportunities to maximise our positive impact and minimise any negative impact.
Ensuring environmentally sustainable practices – limiting greenhouse emissions, championing a circular economy (reuse, share, repair, repurpose, recycle, using water responsibly, reducing pollution.
Continuing to provide evidence-based sustainable solutions that reflect the priorities of the membership as a whole and maximise College’s positive social impact
Respecting fundamental human rights and dignity by actively promoting equal opportunity, equality, diversity and inclusion, including in the Australian context, the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Promoting health, safety and wellbeing of staff, Fellows, trainees, teachers and supervisors and the communities they serve
Increasing capability and capacity by developing skills and facilitating access to professional opportunities for Fellows, Trainees, staff, health professionals and for patients and communities.
Ensuring ethical, sustainable procurement, building relationships with stakeholders that share our desire to make a positive impact on society and the environment
Act ethically, with integrity and cultural sensitivity, employing clear standards and systems of corporate governance in order to make effective decisions, comply with the law, and meet the short term and long term needs of internal and external stakeholders.
Integrate CSR, ESG and sustainability principles as a core component of business activity, through our strategic plan, operational plans and risk management, so that the principles form part of the objectives and decision-making processes of College
Be accountable and transparent by reporting on our CSR/ESG/sustainability performance through reporting mechanisms that draw on internationally recognised reporting frameworks.
Opportunities to increase our positive impact are evaluated against criteria set out in our Responsible Business Practice Policy to ensure we target our resources and influence where we can make the most difference.