Janet Leslie of Canon Oceania won the Product Stewardship Champion of the Year Award for 2021 at the inaugural Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence Awards.
The award is designed to recognise those individuals or teams who have had a singular impact in driving stewardship forward in Australia.
Janet Leslie is a most deserving champion of product stewardship in Australia. She is a strong advocate for national, multi-stakeholder stewardship schemes and her expertise has been key to delivering positive sustainability outcomes across several product categories.
In addition to her role as Sustainability Manager with Canon Oceania, she has made a significant contribution to the design and implementation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS), Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, and the recently launched battery stewardship scheme.
She has also played a pivotal role in other industry-wide projects such as the establishment of the Australia New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP). The award also recognises Canon’s role in promoting, supporting, and investing in national recycling schemes.
Ms Leslie’s early interest in stewardship came from studying sustainability at ANU in the 1970’s. She was particularly influenced by books such as The Limits to Growth published by the Club of Rome in 1972, and Ernst Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful, with their messages that we need to protect our planet’s resources and temper our materialist tendencies.
She later went on to work at Standards Australia where she was involved in international standards development for environmental management and implementing the ISO 14001 series of standards in Australia and the region.