BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Glaxo Smith Kline and Shell all feature in a new publication designed to encourage businesses to promote the benefits of science and innovation.
Inspiring industry to inspire Australia highlights 15 industry initiatives that are fostering an appreciation of science in schools, communities and the workforce, and its potential to improve our world.
The publication is expected to contribute to how Australians perceive and value science. It offers an insight into the breadth of projects already underway, and adds a human dimension to Australia's science story.
For several companies featured in the report, spreading the word about science has led to commercial opportunities that would not have otherwise arisen.
The Minister for Science and Research, Senator Don Farrell, said companies that invested in the promotion of science were setting a great example. "There is clear evidence that science pays dividends for businesses," he said."
It raises the profile of the company, boosts employee satisfaction, and forges relations with the local community. The companies and organisations featured in this publication are making a big contribution by taking science to the people."
The report was developed by Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) with funding from the Australian Government as part of its national science engagement strategy, Inspiring Australia.