This Christmas, plant-based protein, supplements and health food company, Amazonia has joined forces with Australia’s leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest as part of its ‘Cooking for a Cause’ program.
Members of Amazonia’s national leadership team spent the day with OzHarvest’s zero-waste expert chefs at their Gold Coast location, preparing meals for local charities in the lead-up to Christmas.
This team-building exercise is part of a company-wide corporate social responsibility program that includes the roll-out of a range of community based-initiatives in 2022.
Amazonia CEO, Yohann Azlee, is incredibly passionate about living the company’s mission to sustainably nourish people and protect our natural planet.
“OzHarvest is recognised across the country for its leadership in reducing food waste and providing nourishment to communities around Australia,” Mr Azlee said.
“When discussing specific initiatives our leadership team wanted to support, they identified that the impact OzHarvest had in improving nutrition and reducing waste aligned perfectly with Amazonia’s values. Via our equality and diversity program we want to support causes that benefit women and children, with these types of engagements led by our female executive team.”
Founded in 2008, Amazonia is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of plant-based proteins, supplements, acai and health foods domestically and internationally, with customers across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East.
Over the past year, it has expanded its footprint into Coles Supermarkets, was voted by the Australian public as the ‘Best in Vegan Wellness’ brand, 2 years in a row, is preparing to launch its new Innovation Hub, and made a number of significant appointments to its leadership team.
Two of those who joined the team in 2021 are driving the engagement with OzHarvest; Preksha Shah, the new Research and Development Manager, and Brylee Clelland who was recently appointed Innovation and Marketing Manager for Amazonia.
According to Brylee, part of the reason she joined the Amazonia leadership team is because of its wholehearted support in allowing its staff to support causes and initiatives they care about.
“It is incredible to be part of an organisation that supports its staff in their efforts to make a positive community and social impact,” said Ms Clelland.
“Our participation in ‘Cooking for a Cause’ is just the first step in a company-wide initiative to see our team volunteer for charities and causes close to their hearts, which also align with Amazonia's values. One of our goals when creating this program was to have the female leadership team encourage inclusivity and diversity while also ensuring professional and personal growth.”