Forum on how sustainable business practices build profitability

Published 15 August 2012

The second Armidale event in the Building Regional Prosperity Forum Series marking the International Year of Cooperatives will be held at the University of New England on Tuesday 21 August.

Rowan Dowland, General Manager (Development) at the Melbourne-based bankmecu, will speak about the future of banking and how to make sustainability more profitable.

In 2010, Ethical Investor recognised bankmecu as Australia’s most sustainable small company.  With assets approaching $3 billion and significant business growth, bankmecu has become a national leader in sustainable and responsible cooperative banking.

Mr Dowland is an expert in reporting, product innovation and responsible investment, organisational change, and building staff and stakeholder support for sustainable goals that make economic and environmental sense.

The forum series is organised by the UNE Business School and the Community Mutual Group. The focus of the August forum will be on how the mutual sector, cooperatives and the business community can adopt sustainable practices to build more resilient businesses and communities.

The forum, which is free and open to the whole community, will be from 2 to 3 pm in UNE’s John Dillon Lecture Theatre. It will start with a 30-minute presentation on building economic, environmental and social sustainability as a critical business strategy for the future, and continue with questions from the floor and further discussion.

Bookings can be made by contacting Will Winter on

Those unable to attend can view the forum live through ustream at