At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September of 2015, all 193 Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Providing a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future,” at the heart of the blueprint lay 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These actionable and interdependent goals sought to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change. From eradicating poverty and hunger to tackling the climate crisis, the SDGs encompass the most fundamental challenges we face as a society. They are simple and daunting in equal measure.

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In a 2020 poll conducted by the Lowy Institute, nine out of ten participants accepted the need to act on climate change. Additionally, three out of the top five critical threats to Australia’s vital interests related to the environment. Public opinion on the environment has become increasingly focused on sustainability with each passing year, and the novel coronavirus pandemic has only served to further heighten such trends. With the increase in to-go food deliveries and purchasing groceries online, there has resultingly been an increase in the amount of waste produced. For example, during a lockdown in Singapore one survey found…


In a 2020 poll conducted by the Lowy Institute, nine out of ten participants accepted the need to act on climate change. Additionally, three out of the top five critical threats to Australia’s vital interests related to the environment. Public opinion on the environment has become increasingly focused on sustainability with each passing year, and the novel coronavirus pandemic has only served to further heighten such trends. With the increase in to-go food deliveries and purchasing groceries online, there has resultingly been an increase in the amount of waste produced. For example, during a lockdown in Singapore one survey found…


There are many reasons a business may need a corporate turnaround. Whether they be distressing factors such as a reduction in sales, cash flow problems, mounting debt, or challenges like rapid growth while finding appropriate means of capital formation, there are many companies that have the potential to become great but miss the mark due to a lack of strong leadership. Indeed, it takes a certain kind of leader to not only create financial results that are quantifiable, but also develop a sturdy foundation for the business that can withstand the test of time and other stressors such as a…


Former Cleanaway CEO Vik Bansal

By Exec Edge Editorial Staff

Just six years ago, the largest waste management company in Australia was facing unhappy investors and struggling to recover under a debt burden of around $2.1 billion. Cleanaway (then operating under the name Transpacific) was lacking strong leadership, a cohesive strategy, and completely failing to prepare for the imminent changes to the waste management landscape. Today, it has risen over 120 places on the ASX market index and has increased its market capitalization from less than $1 billion to over $5 billion. …


The first sod was turned on Friday 5 February on a $45 million plastic pelletising facility being built by a joint venture of Cleanaway, Pact Group and Asahi at Albury in NSW, which will be able to recycle more than one billion bottles per year.

“This new facility for PET plastic will recycle the containers collected through the NSW Return and Earn Scheme and Cleanaway’s Material Recovery Facilities, helping create a domestic circular economy,” Cleanaway’s CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansa l, said.

Pictured from left to right: State Member for Albury, Justin Clancy, Asahi Beverage’s Group CEO, Mr Robert…


This is part two of a transcription of episode 13 of the “No Limitations” podcast with CEO and managing director of Cleanaway Vik Bansal. To read part one, click here.

Vik Bansal discusses sustainability as the forefront of Cleanaway’s agenda, sharing his belief that a clear national waste and climate policy is needed in Australia and the ways in which technology can provide solutions for the world’s waste management problems. Bansal also discusses leadership , looking to the “moments of truth” that drive business forward and why humility is one of the most important qualities a leader can have.

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In episode 13 of the “No Limitations” podcast, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson spoke with Vik Bansal, CEO and managing director of Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd. In part one of the transcription of this episode, Vik and Greg discuss how his willingness to tackle difficult or new territories saw him go from electrical engineer to executive, his evolving leadership style, and the underestimated value that is placed on good leadership in today’s society.

Greg: And what drove you into engineering?

Vik: That’s a good question. I still don’t know that, but growing up I had a very strong interest in physics…


On 18 January 2021, the Victorian Minister for Environment Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP and the Federal Minister for Environment the Hon Sussan Ley MP announced Cleanaway as a successful recipient of State and Federal recycling grants.

In response to receiving the funding, Cleanaway’s CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal said, “These grants have made it possible for Cleanaway to invest in a state-of-the-art glass beneficiation plant and a HDPE, LDPE and PP plastics pelletising facility in Victoria.”

Pictured: Cleanaway was announced as a recipient of State and Federal recycling grants at an event in Laverton, Victoria

Announced at an event…


By Sachin Wason

No matter what sector or industry of business, the value of good leadership in any organization cannot be understated. Leaders are at the helm of their company’s ship, inspiring employees and championing growth culture, simultaneously managing the day-to-day while also making far-reaching decisions that affect the welfare of their stakeholders — i.e. their employees, investors, and communities. Therefore, it goes without saying that while sound leadership is always at the core of a successful business, in no time is it more important than when a business or industry at large is going through times of change. …

Vik Bansal

Chief Executive Officer of InfraBuild

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