On June 7 around 750 employees from Pernod Ricard partnered with Conservation Volunteers across the country, volunteering their time as part of their global initiative Responsib’ALL Day. Pernod Ricard’s 8th Responsib’ALL Day saw 18,500 employees worldwide engage in over 100 local community projects to show their commitment and contribution to society.
Bruno Rain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pernod Ricard Winemakers said, “Responsib’ALL Day is our global initiative where all our teams have the opportunity to come together on the same day to support the environment and the communities in which we operate. This year we are proud to have partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia on projects across the country in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland.”
In South Australia Pernod Ricard volunteers lent their support at various locations including; Torrens Island, Port Gawler Beach, Middle Beach, Barossa Bush Garden and along Jacobs Creek catchment in 6 different locations. Activities included restoration of heritage buildings, marine debris collections, fencing and planting.
In Sydney the team spent the day at Cattai National Park – check out their time lapse video from the day. The day commenced with a Welcome to Country from elder Graham Davis-King before the team broke into groups for planting, weeding, mulching and an indigenous interpretive walk.
In Melbourne Pernod Ricard employees volunteered their time at Yarra Bend Park, rehabilitating an area of the park.
In Brisbane the team headed out to Colmslie Beach where they also rehabilitated a stretch of parklands.
In Perth the team started the day by jumping on a ferry across to Rottnest Island where they remove tree guards to help improve the habitat of the local quokka population.
Across the nine sites employees achieved some amazing environmental outcomes including:
- planting 10,110 trees, seedlings & grasses
- collecting 3,320kg of marine debris & litter
- painting of 2 heritage houses
- erecting 600m of fencing
- clearing 1,550sqm of invasive weeds
- mulching 500sqm garden beds
- laying 150m2 jute matting
- installing signage
- removing tree guards in an area of 550sqm
Danielle Johnson, National Partnerships Manager Conservation Volunteers Australia said, “It is a huge commitment to have your entire workforce out volunteering on the one day and we were very excited to be able to partner for a second year with Pernod Ricard Winemakers to make this happen. Each of the groups brought with them an amazing amount of energy and genuine interest for the environmental work we set them to achieve. Having such large groups of volunteers meant that we could support local parks with tasks that would take them months to achieve on their own or quite possibly would always remain on the ‘to do list’, so thank you to everyone who participated.”
Pernod Ricard Winemakers also partnered Conservation Volunteers in New Zealand with 250 employees planting 8,300 trees at Waitawa Regional Park and Pt. England Reserve in Auckland, Godley head in Christchurch and Waitangi Regional Park in Napier.
Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Conservation Volunteers Australia began their partnership in 2017 and has partnered for the last 2 years on their Responsib’ALL Day projects.