about me: sonja duncan
WORKING WITH PURPOSE
Richard Branson's words, "There's no such thing as work-life balance; there is only life" resonate strongly with me and I have been lucky to build a life around the work I am passionate about.
For 25 years I have worked with businesses, government and community groups to identify sustainability opportunities and help organisations align their core values and strategies with the expectations and values of the communities in which they operate. In short, helping businesses to maintain their social licence to operate and to grow in a way that recognises the long-term benefits of shared value and a healthy triple bottom line.
It's about integrating sustainability into the DNA of an organisation.
I am a qualified and experienced environmental and social impact auditor having conducted audits throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region across a range of industry sectors including mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, health care and agriculture. To me audits aren't solely about documenting non-compliances and risks, but about identifying opportunities and making recommendations that add value to my clients and their stakeholders. Sure, audits are a snap-shot in time, but they should always be a value-add.
For the past 13 years, I have been a preferred consultant for the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage (SA) Program and continue to work with its 500 plus members, delivering capacity building and training workshop in strategic planning, sustainability risk, employee and stakeholder engagement and sustainable supply chain management for SA business partners. I love how this program has grown over the last decade and the opportunities it provides businesses and government departments to identify sustainability risks, explore opportunities and implement innovative projects that lead to real change. It's no surprise that this has been one of the most successful State government sustainability programs in the past decade.
I am passionate about the planet and its people. Since August 2017, I have been volunteering with the Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery to develop tools and resources to assist businesses identify modern slavery risks within their supply chains and establish systems and processes to manage and mitigate those risks. Recently I teamed up with the Freedom Partnership and leading Australian law firm, Mills Oakley, to establish "End Slavery Solutions" a collaboration that seeks to prepare businesses for the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act into Australia.
By working closely with businesses, NGOs and government, I am confident we can work towards the elimination of slavery from the supply chains of Australian businesses and a fairer and more just world for all.