Marita Mewett
Director ESG - NettZero
Marita's introduction

Marita has over 25 years of experience transforming businesses in Australia and internationally across multiple industries. She combines her experience of starting, growing and running businesses with a passion for sustainability and technology solutions. Her approach to ESG is a balanced blend of professional methodologies, cultural perspectives, and individual values that drive an organisation to its highest potential, all the while fostering sustainable outcomes for growing businesses.

Marita has focused on innovations and new ways of working to generate outcomes. Leading business expansion across Australia and Asia has honed her "start up" skills and further heightened her interest in boosting team capabilities for growth and sustainability.

What brought you to sustainability?

I delved into the world of sustainability driven by my experiences collaborating with diverse cultures.  Working with individuals from various backgrounds underscored the importance of embracing a multitude of perspectives in constructing sustainable teams.  I witnessed firsthand how the fusion of different ideas, values and approaches leads to more robust solutions that consider a broader spectrum of challenges. I am convinced that fostering a collaborative environment that seeks different viewpoints is fundamental to building resilient and sustainable initiatives.

The notion that reducing our carbon footprint is a collective responsibility resonated with me. It is evident that sustainability is not the sole responsibility of specific industries, rather, it is a shared commitment that extends across all sectors of society. Embracing this collective responsibility inspires me to help people and organisations to get on the journey.

Which sustainable actions are you in charge of or have you implemented in your organisation?

My initial focus at NettZero was to release our first ESG report. During that process I realised that many organisations don't have the experience internally to produce an impactful report that is measurable year on year. In our first report we were acknowledged the efforts which lead to NettZero obtaining Climate Active Carbon Neutral Certification. A great achievement (which we can help others with), but continuous improvement in all three pillars of ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) is where the cross-team collaboration and innovative ideas comes in.

I now help other organisations with building their ESG reports and planning measurable aspirations to work towards.

Which challenges did you meet and how did you overcome them?

Data is always a challenge when it comes to accurate, relevant and measurable reporting. Getting a baseline for key data, such as emissions, diversity, training is critical.  You can't manage what you don't measure.  Not knowing where to start or feeling that everything has to be perfect often stops people from starting the journey. Don't let reasons like these stop you.

What are you most proud of?

Making connections and helping people to get started on their sustainability journey.

What would be your top 3 pieces of advice to the Matcha Initiative users?
  1. Make a start: Identify a couple of key initiatives that you are passionate about, get a small team to focus on them and regularly check in on progress.
  2. Baseline your data: Get help to figure out what data you need and start measuring it.
  3. Make sure your commitments achievable: Small wins will build confidence to grow your ambitions.
In which field could you help The Matcha Initiative users as a buddy?
  • Kick Start Help
  • Experience Sharing
  • Expertise Sharing
Please describe how you could help The Matcha Initiative users as a buddy?

I can help you get started, to measure your emissions, to build your ESG report and to communicate with your stakeholders.

Marita's 3 main sustainability skills

ESG Reporting / Communications / Technology

Marita accepts to answer your questions.

If you need additional insights, you can send her a message.