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About Kevin O'Grady

Kevin has over 25 years of experience in helping companies to meet high end sustainability standards and improving their social and environmental performance. By unlocking the potential of industry for continual improvement Kevin helps organisations not only to meet market requirements but to realise commercial benefits and being seen as part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Webinar on Meeting Sustainability Standards

By |February 18th, 2015|Events, Webinars|

This webinar is about Meeting Sustainability Standards: Common Mistakes and how to avoid them - Stakeholder engagement. Many businesses are facing the need to undertake stakeholder engagement with parties they traditionally have not had to [...]

FSC controlled wood Annex 3 verification audit training – Bells Bay Tasmania 2nd & 3rd December , 2014

By |November 5th, 2014|Certification, Courses, Events, Forestry, High Conservation Values, Pinnacle-Articles|

A training course meeting FSC controlled wood certificate requirements and incorporating the principles and requirements of HCV assessment. What you will learn: Day 1 The High Conservation Value (HCV) requirement for FSC controlled wood standards. [...]

Quality Assurance for Business Success Seminar – 25th Oct. 2014

By |September 26th, 2014|Events, Seminars|

Come and Learn Quality Assurance for Business success. This seminar is ideal for small business wanting to develop in house QA expertise vital for success and for meeting regulatory and customer quality requirements. The seminar covers: [...]

About Child labour

By |October 24th, 2012|Social Conditions|

As a sustainability consultant I advise the big and the small, all of whom want to book their place I heaven, or more precisely in the market, for their social and environmental performance. Even knowing various standards inside out as I do it does not prepare you for experiencing the most confronting of social issues, child labour. I had impressions of this as an unmistakable evil, a form of slavery, a bygone of a pre industrial or colonial age that we are committed to exterminate. […]

Understanding FSC audits

By |August 24th, 2012|Forestry|

FSC audits are often not easy. Auditor focus, Interpretations and reporting seem like ‘variables’ between certifiers and even between auditors. Theoretically this should not happen since certifiers have their own set of FSC standards designed to make the audits robust and to the same standard all over the world. This seminar will focus on the FSC Accreditation standards. What they are, how they work, what you should expect. […]

A Seat at a Table

By |March 21st, 2012|Sustainability|

With the advent of market-driven sustainability standards there has been a variety of reactions from the Governments around the world who up until now ‘owned’ many national standards and controlled many trade processes such as food safety and export inspection. Some governments, cheered on by industry, saw the emerging standards as the threat, a loosening of control, and produced ‘Me too’ these standards. In some cases these were genuine attempt to manage sustainability in-house with credible environment and social conditions and continual improvement built in. […]

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

By |February 28th, 2012|Irrigation, Social Conditions, Sustainability|

My Brother in Law became a father relatively late in life. Before he had a Child of his own he was not renowned for risk aversion. But after fatherhood he became super conscience about every possible safety risk. All breakable objects had to be removed, there were no sharp edges allowed and any potential falls had to be blocked off. My wife began to refer to him as “Safety Bob”. Up until recently this was just an amusing family story but whilst working on sustainability systems in Papua New Guinea I had cause to remember the term Safety Bob. […]

Why become FSC Certified…

By |February 28th, 2012|Forestry, Sustainability|

The FSC (Forest stewardship Council) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. “Being FSC certified shows that your business complies with the highest social and environmental standards on the market. As public concerns about the state of the world’s forests and timber resources increases, FSC provides you with a credible solution to complex environmental and social issues. […]

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