THE SPANISH-AUSTRALIAN
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

28 February 2019

Melbourne Summer Networking Event

International Chamber House - Level 5, 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
14 March 2019

Sydney Summer Networking Event

Primus Hotel Rooftop Bar - Level 7, 339 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Corporate Members

News

The international organisation CDP acknowledges CaixaBank as one of the leading companies in the fight struggle against climate change

04 February 2019 • The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is a worldwide reference in processing data on the carbon footprint. • CaixaBank is one of the few companies that fully neutralises its CO2 emissions. The organisation CDP has included CaixaBank in the index of global leaders in the struggle against climate change, for the fifth consecutive year. The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is an international non-profit organisation that advises private companies and public bodies on implementing measures aimed at achieving a sustainable economy by measuring the environmental impact of their actions and policies. Every year, the CDP analyses thousands of companies to draw up its Climate list, which includes those most committed to managing the climate change worldwide. On this occasion, it has provided CaixaBank with an A- rating, which makes it the best-rated Spanish financial institution and the only one included in the highest categories. This acknowledgement consolidates CaixaBank as an international and national leading company, due to its firm commitment towards preventing and mitigating the climate change. The CDP compiles the actions and strategies of thousands of companies worldwide and provides this information to over 800 institutional investors that manage assets valued at 100 billion dollars. The classifications established by the CDP have become in recent years a benchmark instrument for investors and stakeholders to assess the business actions developed to mitigate the climate change and to determine their degree of readiness in reacting to changes in legislation on emission reduction and market demands. Alliances and initiatives for the sustainability of the planet CaixaBank is one of the leading financial institutions in the struggle against climate change on a global level. It has become the first Ibex-35 bank and one of the few European banks to manage to fully neutralise its calculated carbon footprint, including the institution's indirect emissions. Since 2007, it is part of the group of financial institutions associated with the Equator Principles to guarantee that the projects to which it provides funding and consultancy are carried out in a socially responsible way. In addition, since 2016 it has been on the board of directors of the Spanish Green Growth Group, which fosters economic growth linked to a low-carbon economy. CaixaBank has also joined the United Nations Environment Programme - Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), which has three main goals: commitment to sustainable development, sustainability management and public awareness. Similarly, the institution is also part of the Forética Climate Change Cluster and has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the world's main index assessing the behaviour of companies under social, environmental and corporate governance criteria.

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Leaders go last in today’s world

23 January 2019 This glimpse of the future was crafted by: William Cox Google the word ‘leadership’ and you’ll find over 6 billion sites await you. Amazon alone offers over 40 000 books on the subject. Everywhere you turn these days, it seems that someone has coined a new catchphrase or uncovered the 11th essential step on the path to effective leadership. But sometimes all this leadership lingo and well-meaning insights can overcomplicate the matter. What if leadership wasn’t meant to be so complicated? What if truly incredible leadership came from the kind of truths even children could understand? It was John Buchan who once said: “The role of a great leader is not to give greatness to human beings, but to help them extract the greatness they have inside them.” Leaders are leaders, not because they declare it, but because they live it. Because they believe that legacy is measured, not by what you achieved on your own, but by what you activated to be achieved amongst those who come behind you. Most often, what you say and what you accomplish in your career will be forgotten. But the degree to which you unravel your own privilege to benefit another – that’s the stuff that lives on. Especially as we strive to maintain the soaring pace of our success, leaders should be keen to fly in the face of conventionality and suggest we anchor our organisational culture into this solid conviction: if you want to lead, you’ll have to be willing to serve. Serve to lead When we think of strong leaders, stoic and steely stereotypes spring to mind. While it may have worked in the past to be an inflexible, intimidating leader, constantly armed with the perfect solution to every problem in their back pockets; the truth is, it just won’t work for the world we live in now. To embrace the digital revolution, we need leaders who can double down on our humanity and unlock the best in others. ‘To lead’ is spelt ‘to serve’. True leaders are those who walk humbly with people, who listen and infuse their language with ‘we’ over ‘I’ and are comfortable not being the smartest person in the room. Their leadership is almost accidental; it’s a by-product of their intentional choice to serve the people around them. They measure success by how effectively others’ abilities were activated and synchronised into the collective vision. And they never wear it as a badge, but bear it daily as a great responsibility. Build to break We live in a global world that is increasingly interconnected. So, it should come as no surprise that companies actively investing in diversity and leading inclusively are seeing better results. With wholly different vantage points feeding into the design process, we can design that airport, not just for efficiency, but to facilitate an experience that meets the needs of the entire community, and not merely a sliver representation of that community. Studies keep reminding us that diverse teams foster innovation, unlock global opportunities, produce happier, more productive employees, and build your bottom line. That said, does diversity in fact prove profitable? A Catalyst study says companies with more women in executive positions are enjoying a 34% higher return to shareholders than those that don’t. Beyond this, companies with the most female directors are seeing a 26% higher return on invested capital than those with the least. And yet, in spite of this, women are grossly underrepresented, particularly in STEM industries worldwide. What responsibility does this leave us? It’s important to understand when recruiting teams with diversity in mind, hiring to build is only one side of the coin; we’re also hiring to break. To break the barriers, both visible and invisible, which have traditionally hamstrung the kind of exceptional progress that only divergent culturescan achieve. Beyond the obvious benchmarks, we need to start with the cultural ‘soil’ and tend to the unconscious biases that inevitably weaken the organisation’s ability to embrace diversity and gender equity. This means we talk straight and clear about inclusive strategies, and we invest in effective tools and programmes to unlock authentic awareness, relational transparency and accountability. We’re not interested in ticking boxes; we want to forge environments that in turn forge true societal change. Go slow to move fast In a current climate of breakneck change, speed to market seems to be everything. Facebook’s motto of ‘Move fast and break things’ sums up the idea that process might not be perfect, but creation speed is critical. The methodology behind the message has since been refined, but the heart of it remains: in today’s business world, you’ve got to keep your cutting edge sharp. As leaders, we need to master the art of balance – of scaling down and sizing up, of getting bigger while getting leaner – in order to outwit disruption and continually present brilliant solutions to market. This balance requires extraordinary finesse to think and move on our feet, with a kind of fast lane agility. But leadership is ultimately more than steering product and profit. It’s about people – and people move at an entirely different pace. A good leader is someone who knows how to differentiate between those speeds, and to recognise the relational realities impacting your workplace dynamics. A good leader can operate in both the fast and slow lane – prizing the privilege of developing, inspiring, and growing together over time with people, while navigating the fast-paced pressure of a changing world. It’s been said: “Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader… they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.” At the end of the day, true leadership is measured not by where you stood in front, but how you walked behind. Aurecon’s award-winning blog, Just Imagine provides a glimpse into the future for curious readers, exploring ideas that are probable, possible and for the imagination. This post originally appeared on Aurecon’s Just Imagine blog. Get access to the latest blog posts as soon as they are published by subscribing to the blog.

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Position Partners awarded Topcon Dealer of the Year 2017-2018

10 January 2019 Topcon Positioning Systems’ exclusive Australian distributor, Position Partners, was awarded top prize for Construction at the recent Topcon Xperience dealer conference held in San Antonio, Texas. Topcon Positioning Systems’ annual dealer conference brings together more than 500 distributors from around the world to network and learn about new technology for the construction, geospatial and mining industries. At the recent event held in December 2018, Position Partners was awarded ‘Dealer of the Year 2017-2018’ for Construction, along with awards for ‘Top 5 Year on Year Sales Growth’ and ‘Top 5 Excavator Sales’. “We are privileged to receive Topcon’s Dealer of the Year award amongst all of Topcon’s successful distributors,” said Martin Nix, Position Partners CEO.  “It’s a great reflection of the support our customers give us as they strive to increase productivity and safety by pushing the boundaries with intelligent positioning systems in the construction industry. “These awards are accepted as a recognition of the combined efforts of our teams and employees, who continually do their utmost to deliver exceptional customer service at all times,” he added. Jamie Williamson, Topcon executive VP and general manager of the construction and retail groups, said, “The Position Partners team has always exhibited strength and dedication in providing the most innovative technology and service to their customers. That spirit has been notably evident in their performance, which makes Position Partners a superb choice for Dealer of the Year.”

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