Enable Australia

Enable Australia

Enterprise name  Enable Social Enterprises

What’s the trading activity 

Enable is an Award winning not for profit social enterprise engaging in the following trading activities:

  • IT asset decommissioning, data destruction and recycling:
    Data Destruction: We take the utmost care with data wiping, using commercial grade soft­ware, degaussing, physical destruction with data destruction certificates avail­able.
  • Collection/Drop off services: On-site bins/cages, collection services and drop off options available.
  • Re-deploy end of use equipment: Customised solutions to receive, record and report asset data, apply next life decisions and potential to clean and re-deploy assets.
  • Asset Tagging & Serial number Reporting: Using The Enable Service System (TESS), asset labelling and serial number reporting available to assist with asset management.
  • Customised reporting: The Enable Service System (TESS) is robust and can be customised to meet specific customer needs.

Fulfilment and storage services: Outsourced pick, pack and dispatch business requirements has saved our Customers space, time and money whilst creating social, environmental and economic impact.

Online Retailing: online retailing of affordable business technology at   www.intheclick.org.au
Renew Tech for Good program is up and running, distributing affordable technology to those in need in collaboration with over 20 impact partners and customers.

Tag & testing: Performed by Enable’s qualified staff and includes itemised asset testing reports. RCD testing and lead replacements also available.

Our Customers 

Enable’s has over 130 local and national customers in a broad range of industries including Government, Building and Construction, Engineering, Education and Training, Retail, SMEs and fellow Not for profits and Social Enterprises

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

Enable’s vision is a socially, environmentally and economically connected community without disadvantage.

The key motivations driving Enable are (i) Employment and Training, (ii) Environmental Justice (Zero Waste approach (repair, reuse, resell) with recycling (dismantling) as the last resort and (iii) re-investment of profits directly back to Enable’s charitable cause, creating a virtuous cycle of social, environmental and economic impact.

Enable’s impact is built on addressing the following issues:
Issue 1: Poor employment participation rates (52%) for people with disability
Issue 2: High unemployment in Hume Local Government Area (55% higher than the Australian average)
Issue 3: E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste types in Australia (providing jobs of the future from this sector)
Issue 4: A local platform for social inclusion and cohesive communities (creating a sense of belonging)
Enable also operate in growing and stable industries such as IT Testing and Repairs, E-Waste disassembly, Online Retailing and Warehousing and Logistics with the intent to improve participants chances of getting a job.

What is the biggest challenge?

The Enable Strategic Plan set out 2020 as a Growth stage of our enterprise cycle.
The Covid-19 pandemic stifled this strategy and to effectively managed key financial, business and program continuity risks, Enable responded by “right sizing” the enterprise from 9 to 3 active work and learning stations and relating commercial activities.

Covid-19 saw a dire need arise for affordable technology to help disadvantaged community to stay connected to family, support workers and teachers of which Enable pivoted immediately to respond to this need, partnering with over 20 community, training and employment services across the State of Victoria to ensure affordable technology gets into the hands of those in need .

Our biggest challenge is working through what our “new normal” enterprise and operating model is going to look like after all the government rescue packages come to a close at the end of the 2020 calendar year.

Go to:   enableaustralia.org.au

Green Collect

Green Collect

Enterprise name

Green Collect

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

Green Collect addresses one of our city’s greatest needs: waste minimisation and disposal. We are the specialists in finding the best environmental outcomes for discarded office items, with a focus on hard to recycle items, and striving towards zero waste to landfill. As an inclusive employer, Green Collect also addresses our society’s need for meaningful work opportunities for people who have faced barriers to employment due to homelessness, drug and addiction problems, refugee background, or disability.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

Green Collect gives discarded office and household items a new life by finding their best environmental outcome. For our corporate customers, we offer a collections service for discarded and waste stationery and electrical items. These are then either processed to be reused, upcycled or recycled. Our retail outlets offer excellent quality second-hand items for home and office, and new earth-kind products.

How are you going with the work?

Green Collect’s services to corporate clients is expanding as more businesses seek the benefits of waste disposal opportunities with an environmental and social outcome. The recycling and waste industry is constantly evolving, requiring innovative solutions to complex problems – which is an area of expertise for our organisation.

What is the biggest challenge?

Developing internal systems to support a growing industry and developing the financial and management processes to support a growing enterprise.

What is your hope for the future?

To create a circular economy, whereby all items are utilised well and to their fullest lifespan, and the materials responsibly repurposed, thereby significantly reducing our reliance on natural resources and completely eliminating the need for landfill.

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