Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Our Corporate Social Responsibility


Our mission to support Queenslanders affected by cancer has never been more vital. 

We recognise the importance of acting sustainably, not just financially, but regarding our wider environmental and social impacts, so that we can continue to support Queenslanders affected by cancer with research, prevention and support services. 

As part of our commitment to our mission, we set high standards for our performance across environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and are committed to transparent disclosure of our activities in these areas. 


Environmental sustainability  

At Cancer Council Queensland, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment by ensuring we undertake responsible management and consumption of resources and minimise our production of waste.   

We will do this by: 

  • Reducing emissions including fleet pollution  
  • Reducing resource use for example, power and paper  
  • Procure more sustainably through improved procurement processes  
  • Reducing waste for example, no single use cutlery in our offices and branches 
  • Reducing pollution through recycling  
  • Planning for the increasing impact of climate change on our premises and events  
  • Choosing premises and fit outs with environmental sustainability in mind  
  • Raising awareness among employees about how to play a role as environmental stewards at work 


Social responsibility  

We play an important role in the Queensland community, helping Queenslanders to navigate the cancer experience at all stages of the cancer journey. We manage our responsibility to our workers and clients by:  

  • Working to ‘close the gap’ in cancer equity by providing inclusive services that improve health outcomes for people disproportionately impacted by cancer. 
  • Building partnerships with health organisations for adaptable and accessible health services with the ability to respond to communities in times of high need. 
  • Ensuring procurement supports local communities and considers suppliers’ ethics, values, and legal compliance for example, checks in relation to modern slavery in high-risk supply chains


Our internal structure, systems and practices will ensure we stay true to our ESG commitments. All ESG initiatives are embedded in the way we operate our business and the tools that we use by: 

  • Improving management of risk and compliance, to foster a risk-aware culture. 
  • Creating and embedding a diversity policy to benefit employees and clients.   
  • Implementing a new external whistle-blower reporting service with prompt reporting to the CEO and the Board, and related training for employees and directors 
  • Ensuring we remain ethical in our supplier and partnership relationships, by only choosing to partner with organisations who align with our values.