Social Responsibility and Sustainability

We believe corporate social responsibility is central to modern business. We are very community conscious, take satisfaction in supporting South Australian producers, suppliers and not-for-profit organisations, and strive to set and meet high environmental standards.

We purchase 97% of our produce from local suppliers, enjoy long-standing partnerships with OzHarvest, Foodbank and Variety SA, and offer employment opportunities and apprenticeships through various organisations.

Adelaide Convention Centre aims, through the implementation and application of the ACC’s Environment and Social Sustainability Policy, to commit to Fair Trade Principles where feasible.

Benchmarking, research and continuous improvement are fundamental in achieving our sustainability goals.

We welcome your comments on our sustainability initiatives.



Read more about our key sponsorships and activities below.



Consistently performing at ‘above best practice’ in several key areas of natural resource preservation, the Adelaide Convention Centre has actively participated in the EarthCheck program since 2007, and is proud to be one of the first convention centres in the world to be awarded the coveted EarthCheck Platinum certification. 

The internationally respected EarthCheck Program, run by EC3 Global, is used by more than 1,100 tourism and travel organisations across 65 countries, including some of the world’s leading convention centres, hotels and travel groups, national park agencies, community organisations, and government regulators.

To find out more, read our EarthCheck case study below or visit the official EarthCheck website.

Feeding Adelaide

Food redistribution is a major focus of ours at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Through long-standing partnerships with local organisations, Foodbank and OzHarvest, we have been able to donate many unused or excess food items from our kitchens to help feed the disadvantaged in our community.

Our contribution to food rescue in Adelaide is quite significant with more than 79,825 individual meals donated to Foodbank SA, and 84,291 meals donated to OzHarvest, helping them reach a one million meal milestone!

Our efforts in food rescue not only help to feed the hungry, they also divert rubbish from landfill, helping to save greenhouse gas emissions and water usage!

Community support

Since 2001, the ACC has been a platinum sponsor of Variety SA – the Children’s Charity. We love supporting such a great cause and relish the opportunity to be involved in the Annual Gala Dinner that gathers almost 2000 people and hundreds of dollars in fundraising.

Learn more about this wonderful charity at


Employment diversity

A proud equal opportunities employer, the Adelaide Convention Centre’s workforce thrives on diversity and is made up of dedicated, professional and friendly staff from all backgrounds of life. The company is a key driver of Aboriginal employment for the local hospitality industry and provides sustainable employment for both young and mature residents, international students and new migrants to Australia, as well as individuals with disabilities through our partnership with Barkuma and other under-represented sectors of our community. Our “green philosophy” also makes the Adelaide Convention Centre an employer of choice and engenders a tremendous sense of pride from our team.

impact on local businesses

A picture is worth a thousand words!

We are proud to support local businesses and highlight our state’s delicious regional produce. The Adelaide Convention Centre purchase 97% of food and beverage from local suppliers injecting over $4.1 million into the state’s economy!

Waste management

Events generate a large amount of waste, be it left over food from a gala dinner or plastic and packaging from an exhibition or travelling road show.

We have tackled this issue from many corners and have virtually eliminated waste. We have re-distributed more than 160,000 unused meals to local charities through our partnership with OzHarvest and Foodbank.

We operate the largest worm farm in the southern hemisphere, which serves perfectly for composting the surrounding gardens!