This report is based on in-depth research with ten manufacturers. It finds that along with operating dynamic and viable businesses these manufacturers are fostering a culture of just and sustainable manufacturing that is helping to tackle the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
The manufacturers include public corporations and cooperatives, and range from the privately-owned engineering firm, Varley Group, which is headquartered in the Hunter region and has been operating since 1886 to the not-for-profit social enterprise and clothing manufacturer, The Social Outfit, which was established in Newtown in Sydney in 2014.
Gibson, K., Cameron, J., Healy, S. and McNeill, J., 2019. Beyond Business as Usual: A 21st
Century Culture of Manufacturing in Australia, Sydney, Australia: Institute for Culture and
Society, Western Sydney University.