Hepburn Wind

Community-owned wind farm co-operative, Community Green offset product

Daylesford, Victoria

Australia

www.hepburnwind.com.au

About Hepburn Wind

Hepburn Wind is located at Leonards Hill, about 100km north-west of Melbourne, just south of Daylesford Victoria. The 4.1 MW wind farm hosts two turbines called Gale and Gusto, who have been producing enough clean energy for over 2000 homes since June 2011.

With 2002 member shareholders, at the project’s core is the shared desire to take constructive action against climate change and in the process directly benefit the community. The project has demonstrated that, under the right conditions, communities will overwhelmingly support renewable energy and the benefits can be spread widely throughout a community.

Whilst we already operate under the seven principles of co-operatives, we also wanted to embed in our organisation the strong social and environmental values of the B Corp movement, and utilise the opportunities that this network brings. In particular we want to showcase how other B Corps can green up their businesses with our offset product Community Green.

The Change We Seek®

Hepburn Wind creates environmental, economic and social benefits for members, neighbours and local community. They are leading the transition with their local community to a clean energy future, and work to showcase a successful model for other communities. They successfully established the wind farm as the Hepburn Model so that other communities may follow.

The wind farm has a benefit sharing model that includes the local neighbourhood around the wind farm in Leonards Hill and the broader local community through their Community Fund which gives back around $30,000 per annum. A part of the Community Fund is dedicated to future energy projects.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

March 2016
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

50
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

21
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

58
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

15
6
Overall B Score
144
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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