Accord’s ‘Canberra Day’ brings government and industry together

Accord recently hosted its annual Canberra Day, which brings together government and industry for updates and discussions on the policy and regulatory reform landscape affecting the hygiene, personal care, and specialty formulated products industry that Accord represents.

“Collaboration and partnerships will be essential to meeting the challenges facing us all, and these can only flourish when industry and government gain a better mutual understanding of what drives the other,” said Bronwyn Capanna, Executive Director of Accord Australasia, said. “We believe Canberra Day 2023 helped achieve just that.”

The event began with Accord’s Industry Leaders’ Dinner.  Senator the Hon Tim Ayres, Assistant Minister for Trade and Assistant Minister for Manufacturing, joined members for the evening. The Minister’s address on the night reflected his bringing together of two important portfolios for the industry, as well as his interest in learning more about our industry.

At the Canberra Day Seminar, government and industry came together for valuable updates and discussions on the policy and regulatory reform landscape affecting the industry that Accord represents.

This year, Accord included an inaugural Industry Showcase. Leaders from the hygiene, personal care, and specialty products industry demonstrated to government colleagues the sector’s sustainability and innovation credentials, the value of local manufacturing and investment, as well as insights into the challenges and opportunities for the cleaning industry. 

From the I&I cleaning sector, Managing Director of True Brands Brad Macdougall participated on a panel to highlight some of the challenges facing businesses, and Albright & Wilson CEO Sascha Schrecker spoke on the importance of keeping chemical manufacturing in Australia.

The second half of the day reverted to Accord’s traditional Canberra Day format, where attendees heard from Accord’s government colleagues on the latest policy measures and priorities for industry, trade, and the environment.

 Governance thought-leader Megan Motto also gave a captivating keynote presentation on the importance of good governance for effective collaboration and positive change.

“It was our best-attended Canberra Day ever,” said Capanna.

“A huge thank you to all our presenters, members, government colleagues, and stakeholders who joined us for an unforgettable day.”

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