• Climate change

    Microsoft announces it will be carbon negative by 2030


    First 5000 |  January 20, 2020


    Microsoft Corp. has announced a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint. By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted since it was founded in 1975.


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  • Tourism

    Federal bushfire recovery marketing package expected to boost tourism


    First 5000 |  January 20, 2020


    The Federal Government has committed $76 million to a tourism marketing package under their $2 billion bushfire recovery fund.


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  • Superannuation

    Victorian workers to lose billions if the super increase is scrapped


    First 5000 |  January 20, 2020


    Victorian workers would lose $3.6 billion from their retirement savings a year if politicians ditch a promised increase to their super rate, new modelling reveals.  


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Latest News

  • World faces 100-year wait for gender parity

    First 5000     |      December 27, 2019

    The time it will take to close the gender gap narrowed to 99.5 years in 2019, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020, published earlier this month.

  • Reset: theme 10 – wellbeing

    Rachel Bevans     |      December 27, 2019

    I’ve had a passion for wellbeing in its broadest sense for many years so have always monitored what’s happening closely. As such, it sits in the centre of The Healthy Brand Company’s brand alignment model along with purpose, values and idea, identity and culture.

  • Post Christmas sales to top $19bn: ARA

    First 5000     |      December 27, 2019

    With Christmas over for another year the focus of consumers would now turn to hunting out bargains, with the executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman predicting Australians will spend $2.53bn on Boxing Day to kick off the post-Christmas retail sales period.

  • What women want in 2020

    First 5000     |      December 24, 2019

    Flexible working opportunities, diverse senior leadership teams, clear policies, company purpose beyond the dollars and leadership trumped networks, social activities and free lunches are women want in the workplace, according to The Leadership Institute’s 2019 study of working women.

  • First 5000 top blogs of 2019

    Helen Hull     |      December 24, 2019

    It is time to reflect on the year that was and the most read blogs of 2019. I’d also like wish all of our readers, contributors, partners and the team at Global Access Partners all the best for the holiday season.

  • Reset: theme 9 – seeking competitive advantage through data and innovation

    Rachel Bevans     |      December 24, 2019

    As the saying goes “what gets measured, gets managed”. With the amount of data that some organisations “measure” exploding, I can see this shifting to “what gets managed, gets measured”.

  • Reset: theme 8 – ethics in marketing

    Rachel Bevans     |      December 23, 2019

    There are a number of areas where Ethics play in Marketing, two of these have key implications on the customer journey and customer experience, and the third on communications and transparency.

  • Frustration, despair main course of financial planners at Christmas lunch

    First 5000     |      December 23, 2019

    Frustration, despair and deep sense of abandonment will be the main courses served up at the dinner table for many financial planners when they gather for Christmas this month, according to a former financial planner.

  • Measuring progress and wellbeing in Australia

    Stephen Bartos     |      December 23, 2019

    Attempts to measure wellbeing in Australia, and factor it into public policy have stalled, but wellbeing measures are being used with success in Iceland, New Zealand and elsewhere, offering hope their adoption will rekindle interest in this country.

  • It’s time to accelerate economic growth

    First 5000     |      December 20, 2019

    The mid-year budget update shows the budget is still on track to return to surplus but that more needs to be done to accelerate economic growth so Australians can get ahead, Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

  • Begin with the end in mind – strategic planning for the new decade

    Craig West     |      December 20, 2019

    Over the last 20-30 years, we have seen a wealth eroding trend in investments (and as a result amongst business owners). Our news cycle has shortened dramatically, so has our attention span and in my view so has our investment horizon. 

  • Reset: theme 7 – data security, privacy and control

    Rachel Bevans     |      December 20, 2019

    In an environment where data is exploding and breaches are increasing, 74 per cent of Australian consumers claim their confidence in a brand’s data security influences how they spend money with that brand.

  • GAP in 2019 – a year in review

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      December 19, 2019

    Global Access Partners’ co-founder and managing director, Catherine Fritz-Kalish, reflects on the year that was for the institute for active policy.

  • Reset: theme 6 – balancing tech and human experiences

    Rachel Bevans     |      December 19, 2019

    With advancements in technology, organisations and brands have been finding their way in applying technology, gathering and applying data to deliver seamless, secure and increasingly individualised experiences to their “customers”.

  • New mandatory dairy code welcomed

    First 5000     |      December 19, 2019

    The ACCC has welcomed the announcement of the introduction of a mandatory dairy industry code by the Minister for Agriculture, Sen. The Hon. Bridget McKenzie.