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Alison Covington AM launched Good360 in Australia in 2015 to reduce need and waste. She wanted to give all brand-new unsold goods a first life by connecting them to people in need and helping our planet at the same time. 

Alison's Story

Alison Covington, AM, launched Good360 Australia in 2015, after discovering Good360 in the US in 2012 and being amazed by its scale and efficiency. Prior to starting Good360 Alison had a very successful career, with a background in retail, IT and public transport but a big life event made her reevaluate and change course. 

“After doing some career coaching I came to the conclusion that I wanted to work in the Not for Profit sector. I’d been a Managing Director for a long time, so I knew I couldn’t come in at an entry level. I knew that I couldn’t deal with any fluffiness and that I needed to do something that was extremely efficient. I knew that I wanted to use my commercial skills for good” Alison continued.

Alison found out about Good360 in America upon receiving a newsletter from Pro Bono Australia News and immediately knew that Australia needed Good360.

“The Good360 model ticked all the boxes for me. It was innovative, it didn’t replicate anything else in Australia, it fitted my corporate skills, it was incredibly efficient, it was technologically advanced, it was cause agnostic – I could help everyone and it was changing the face of charitable giving” Alison said.

In 2021, six years after starting Good360, Alison was awarded Western Sydney Woman of the Year, Western Sydney Community Woman of the Year and NPF Third Sector Awards’ CEO of the Year. In 2022 Alison was appointed AM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her significant service to social welfare and sustainability programs.

Alison says about the past ten years “Fast forward past a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears and we have done it! We are changing the way people think about giving. I have a very collaborative relationship with Good360 in the US. We are working hard in partnership to make this a global good”.

Alison can speak as a subject expert on the following areas

Alison is a dynamic and engaging speaker who is passionate about creating change that disrupts industries,
empowers communities and creates a better world.

Circular Economy

Female Leadership

Technology Driven Charity

One of my greatest lessons is that if you're going to make a change and have a real impact, you have to your own biggest cheerleader.

There were so many reasons why it would have been easy not to 'fix' this massive and complex issue. Good360 USA had been matching goods for over 35 years and in Australia, we hadn't, who was I to think I could convince businesses to start doing it? Why did I think I would have all the skills to do this, I didn't but who did?

I didn't have any significant charity, philanthropy or recycling experience. But I did have a passion for solving problems and a background in transport and logistics, as well as experience in e-commerce which I identified as just as important, particularly when I recognised quickly that IT and logistics were the keys to addressing the opportunity at scale and speed.

One of my greatest lessons is that if you're going to make a change and have a real impact, you have to your own biggest cheerleader.

There were so many reasons why it would have been easy not to 'fix' this massive and complex issue. And who was I to think I was the one to do it? I didn't have any significant charity, philanthropy or recycling experience. But I did have a passion for solving problems and a background in transport, logistics and e-commerce which I identified as just as important.

I recognised quickly that technology and logistics were the keys to addressing the opportunity at scale and speed and have worked tirelessly over the past almost ten years, to build a team of passionate experts to help propel my vision forward.

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