Responsibility Report

This report details the sustainability progress of Frank Wild and our engaged projects for the 2021 financial year.
All projects and business operations are routinely audited and this report provides a transparent account of our progress,
our client commitments, as well as learnings and future goals.

Our mission: To drive positive change in commitment to sustainability

From our director

Our year in review

Well here we are, at the end of what was probably the most challenging financial year many businesses have ever faced. It was definitely ours. Twelve months ago the outlook for our industry was ‘uncertain’ at best. As the longevity of the impact of Covid19 swirled we recognised that it was also a huge opportunity to reset. A rare chance to get to that list of ‘things to do when we have time’. Eight months or so of lockdown provided us with nothing but time, so we rolled up our sleeves and got to work.

We doubled down on our mission in sustainability. We hurled ourselves into research and development, searching for alternative materials, working with our suppliers on more responsible methods and setting new targets for our operations. We reviewed all of our policies and procedures, our team underwent training & personal development, and we took big steps toward gaining new certifications for the business. These measures allowed us to completely re-assess our sustainability directives and really fine tune our offering for our clients.

By the time we emerged from our lockdown cocoons and began working with clients on projects again we were brimming with new skillsets, directions and motivations. We produced our season of events with significantly reduced footprints and successfully achieved new levels of sustainable design. Our clients remained committed to our sustainability mission and together we overcame a mountain of hurdles to offer creative events that a year ago seemed impossible.

I am endlessly proud of the Frank Wild team, in particular how we have refocussed ourselves this year. The results of this behind-the-scenes work speak for themselves in this inaugural Responsibility Report, which details our achievements for the 2020-21 year, and highlights the goals to which we will measure our success and growth for the future. In an inherently impactful industry we continue to strive to be a part of the solution.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our clients for their support throughout the year and their unwavering belief in what we are endeavouring to accomplish with sustainability in events. We truly believe that the message of sustainability can be effectively communicated through the work that we do together. The new financial year is one still filled with uncertainty, but also positivity and opportunity. We feel more prepared and motivated than ever to produce sustainable events and we are emboldened by the possibilities that lay ahead.

Marky

From our director

our year in review

In early 2020, as we wrapped up our summer event season the Frank Wild team were enthusiastic about our abundant plans and goals for the year to come. Fast forward a few weeks later and the world had come to a cataclysmic stop. Perhaps one of the hardest hit, the future of our industry was bleak.

Like everyone else, we made projections for what was to come, mapped out every possible scenario, prepared for the worst and optimistically hoped for the best. After the initial upheaval we gained a new momentum. The overarching question was, when we make it through this, what is our purpose?

With this in mind we hurled ourselves in research and development. We searched for alternatives to materials, talked with suppliers about more responsible methods and set targets for how we would operate when we returned. We reviewed all of our policies and procedures, updating some with new commitments and in other cases completely starting again. Our team underwent training and we took big steps toward gaining new certifications.

By the time we emerged from our lockdown cocoons and began working on projects and with clients, we irrevocably valued the opportunity we had been given to reset. We produced our summer events with significantly reduced footprints and successfully achieved new levels of sustainable design. Our clients remained committed to our mission and together we overcame a mountain of hurdles to offer events that a year ago seemed impossible.

This report details our achievements for the 2020-21 year, and highlights the goals to which we will measure our success and growth for the future. In an inherently unsustainable industry we continue to strive to be part of the solution. We thank our clients, suppliers and our team for enabling us to do so.

2020 / 2021 Milestones
august 2020

sustainability
specialists

We became Specialist with the Sustainable Event Alliance, Our team completed Business Sustainability Management studies through Cambridge University, Submitted B-Corp application
december 2020

process and policies development

Sourced and engaged new sustainable products and suppliers

Developed and implemented new 
Sustainable Procurement Policy
January 2021

welcome back
events

Successfully installed and executed several COVID-safe sustainable sites in conjunction with the Australian Open
April 2021

welcome to
the sunny north

Frank Wild North launched in Brisbane
June 2021

climate positive

Offset a total of x carbon
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Specialist status
with Sustainable Event Alliance

Submitted B-Corp application
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the year in review

Year in review from the director (introduction)
it is our responsibility to drive positive change in environmental awareness and action through innovative designs and resources. This year we have done x y z

July 2020
Specialist status with Sustainable Event Alliance

Submitted B-Corp application
August 2020
Completed Business Sustainability Management studies through Cambridge University
October 2020
Sourced and engaged new sustainable products and suppliers


Developed and implemented new 
Sustainable Procurement Policy

January 2021
Successfully installed and executed several COVID-safe sustainable sites in conjunction with the Australian Open
April 2021
Launched Frank Wild North in Brisbane
May 2021
Qualified as registered consultants for Climate Active
June 2021
Offset a total of x carbon and saved xxx

Design

'Sustainability is the ultimate design brief' and we constantly assess our work through this lens. Key focus areas are our design process, suppliers & materials, and future goals.

Our Process

This year we placed a higher emphasis than ever before on the considerations of our designs. Sustainability goals were outlined at the beginning of each project and our creative proposals were built from there.

By placing these goals at the forefront we ensured each creative element was designed with circularity in mind and the pressure increased to ensure we did not sacrifice our environment for the sake of aesthetic.

Materials & Suppliers

Through our improved design process our usual practices of finding alternatives to virgin materials and implementing low impact methods also increased.

This year we committed to ensuring as many materials and products as possible were designed to a 100% closed loop cycle. This led to comprehensive research and development with new and exisiting suppliers ensuring the lowest impact materials possible were selected.

material highlights:
- Recycled Plastic Sheeting
An alternative for our plastic based signage and installation pieces

Made from 100% recycled plastic produced from packaging waste which eliminates the production of virgin plastic

Product is returned to the supplier at the end of it’s life, completing the closed loop cycle

avoided approximately

300,000

plastic packages going to landfill

- Eco Friendly Paint
All projects in 20-21 painted using environmentally friendly paint

Water based and animal cruelty free

99% free of air polluting volatile organic compounds (VOC's)

Leftover or unused paint returned to the supplier or recycled through Paint Back program

100%

projects painted in Tint

- Reclaimed Timber
Increased use of reclaimed timber in all
20-21 projects

Locally handcrafted and given new life

Used for multiple applications such as interior wall features, signage and our favourite; modular, portable, and reusable perimeter fencing

79%

of all timber used in projects was reclaimed

- Reused Assets
Where possible, exisiting assets were repurposed and used to create new features and spaces

Wall flats, interior features and bar structures were just some of the repurposed elements

This enabled us to avoid the typical single event life spans of these assets

All repurposed asset design was again considered for future evolution

Design Goals

Our design goals encompass the very beginning of our project development process. Covering all areas from built environments, interior, styling and activation. The design goals will ensure we are held accountable from the outset.

Responsible Materials

Status: 85%

Goal: By 2023 all materials used in projects to be responsibly sourced, low impact, closed loop or repurposed. This will be achieved through continued R&D and commitment from suppliers and clients.
Closed Loop Direction

Status: 90%

Goal: Implement a closed loop design brief into 100% of creative proposals to 2022. This includes all custom builds, interior designs and styling purchases. The lifecycle must be determined prior to conception of the project.

Impact

Though heavily reduced through design efforts, our environmental impact is still present. To ensure we are accurately measuring and reducing year to year, we calculate emissions from all of our projects and also our our business operations. We then use these calculations to strategically set goals for further reduction.

Project Emissions

Our project impacts are assessed in individual categories; materials, operation, transport and power. This breakdown shows our greatest contributions and allows us to implement reduction strategies.

Currently we do not assess the impact of areas that are outside our engagement scope (food & beverage, guest travel etc). We are expanding our responsibility to cover these areas in the future.

Project emission graph: Event Power 36.1%, Materials 48.2%, Operations 7.5%, Transport 8.2%
48.2% Materials
36.1% Power
7.5% Operation
8.2% Transport

Waste Comparison

Thorough consideration is given to the eco value of all the materials including their reusability and complete life cycle. Of the materials we used, 87.43% were recycled, reused or repurposed post the project and only 12.57% were disposed of.

87.43%
As a result, this past financial year we have:

recycled

87.43%

of all project assets

reduced emissions by

34.96%

across all projects

offset a total of

200%

of carbon emitted

In an effort to be as climate positive as we can, Frank Wild purchased double the amount of carbon credits to offset our projects by a factor of 200%. To put that into perspective, that's the equivalent of over 16 trips around the world in a Boeing 747-400.

Frank Wild HQ Emissions

Frank Wild operates a 100% carbon neutral business. We are a paperless company, our office runs on renewable energy, and we practice stringent waste management. Any emissions that are not avoided through affirmative action are calculated and offset each year.

100%

carbon neutral business

Impact Goals

Our impact goals refer directly to the environmental impact (e.g. emissions) from activities as a result of our business. The goals will ensure reduction in emissions in all areas of our business operations.

Decision Matrix

Status: 60%

Goal: Develop a matrix that outlines the pros and cons of a materials selection. The matrix will cover emissions, consideration for virgin vs. new manufacture and impact at end of life. Analysing impact for each of these areas will allow us to make informed decisions when selecting materials.
Comprehensive Audits

Status: 20%

Goal: All projects to be audited in their entirety. This will involve inclusion of a pre-event audit and assessment of all areas directly relating to the project regardless of our scope of engagement i.e. guest travel, food and beverage etc.

Action

Alongside our project based work we focus on several action areas - certification to hold us accountable, education and training for our team, and giving back to the environment, community and non-profit organisations.

Action Areas:

Sustainability Assessment Reports

This year 100% of Frank Wild clients committed to sustainability assessment and offsetting post event. These commitments enable us to develop our sustainability actions further and create even more sustainable events in the future.
This year Frank Wild became certified B-Corp!

As a B-Corp we meet a verified standard of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance our profit and purpose.

Our performance will be continually assessed every three years to ensure we are maintaining the global standard and our commitment to ethical business practice.



15,700kgCo2 saved

29,200kgCo2 offset
29,200kgCo2 matched

Using our audit process we are able to compare our actual impact to that which would have occurred without any sustainability efforts. This year we avoided 15,700kg of Co2 using sustainable design and responsible business practice. These emissions showcase the severe impact our industry can have if operating without consideration.
In 20-21 we have offset over 58,400kg’s of CO2e. This amount includes our client's offset from the relevant projects and an equal contribution from
Frank Wild.
In April we were certified as Registered Consultants for Climate Active. The only goverment-backed program that certifies carbon neutrality for business operations, products and events. We can now assist businesses and events in achieving a certified Carbon Neutral status.

New sustainability
policies & targets

In July 2020 our procurement policy was reviewed and revised to incorporate an increased requirement for suppliers to comply with sustainability requirements. This has not only prompted in depth research and development, but also expanded the sustainability conversation with our exisiting suppliers.
Support for conservation and environmental welfare has continued with annual donations to the Australian Conservation Foundation and The Wilderness Society. We are committed to these causes in an effort to champion those who are advocating for our national environment.
In September 2020 members of our team  completed Business Sustainability Management studies through the University of Cambridge Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
Study was undertaken over three months and involved learning from some of the worlds foremost sustainability experts.
thank you
This year 100% of Frank Wild clients committed to sustainability assessment and offsetting post event. These commitments enable us to dive deeper into our sustianbility actions and set a clear benchmark for sustinable event operations in our industry.
We are currently awaiting confirmation of our B-Corp certification. This has been a lengthy process that involved several months submitting detailed evidence of Frank Wild’s business operations. B-Corporations are held to the highest highest standards in all areas and once certified, legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.

Action Goals

Our action goals reflect our alignment with our mission. Additional engagements such as certifications, eduction, community service etc. These goals with ensure we are constantly working to improve our own credibility and simultaneously driving action in our community.

Operations Certified Carbon Neutral

Status: 90%

Goal: Frank Wild operations to be certified as Carbon Neutral through Climate Active. Certification covers all office based emissions, staff travel and general business impact not directly relating to projects.
1% for the Planet

Status: 10%

Goal: Join the '1% for the Planet' initiative to broaden our commitment to environmental causes and hold ourselves accountable for our use of the planets resources. Through this organisation we will connect with likeminded non-profits to donate 1% of our total revenue annually.
B-Corp

Status: 100%

Goal: B-Corp certification achieved June 2021. Each year following to show improvements and progression though increased score.

Towards a greener future

Despite the challenges of the year, we are delighted with all that has been achieved in line with our mission.

We have found that clients are increasingly  motivated to improve their environmental credentials and the added potential for positive messaging this brings to their events.
We have also found that our suppliers are improving on their operations and are willing to work with us to create better methods and practices to reduce impacts at every opportunity.

We will continue to pursue new paths toward transparency and environmental action and look forward to improving these results year on year.
Frank Wild
From our director

our year in review

In early 2020, as we wrapped up our summer event season the Frank Wild team were enthusiastic about our abundant plans and goals for the year to come. Fast forward a few weeks later and the world had come to a cataclysmic stop. Perhaps one of the hardest hit, the future of our industry was bleak.

Like everyone else, we made projections for what was to come, mapped out every possible scenario, prepared for the worst and optimistically hoped for the best. After the initial upheaval we gained a new momentum. The overarching question was, when we make it through this, what is our purpose?

With this in mind we hurled ourselves in research and development. We searched for alternatives to materials, talked with suppliers about more responsible methods and set targets for how we would operate when we returned. We reviewed all of our policies and procedures, updating some with new commitments and in other cases completely starting again. Our team underwent training and we took big steps toward gaining new certifications.

By the time we emerged from our lockdown cocoons and began working on projects and with clients, we irrevocably valued the opportunity we had been given to reset. We produced our summer events with significantly reduced footprints and successfully achieved new levels of sustainable design. Our clients remained committed to our mission and together we overcame a mountain of hurdles to offer events that a year ago seemed impossible.

This report details our achievements for the 2020-21 year, and highlights the goals to which we will measure our success and growth for the future. In an inherently unsustainable industry we continue to strive to be part of the solution. We thank our clients, suppliers and our team for enabling us to do so.

2020 / 2021 Milestones
august 2020

sustainability
specialists

We became Specialist with the Sustainable Event Alliance, Our team completed Business Sustainability Management studies through Cambridge University, Submitted B-Corp application
december 2020

process and policies development

Sourced and engaged new sustainable products and suppliers

Developed and implemented new 
Sustainable Procurement Policy
January 2021

welcome back
events

Successfully installed and executed several COVID-safe sustainable sites in conjunction with the Australian Open
April 2021

welcome to
the sunny north

Frank Wild North launched in Brisbane
June 2021

climate positive

Offset a total of x carbon