Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) hosted a launch event in Melbourne on Tuesday evening, unveiling a new brand to the industry ahead of a consumer advertising campaign next month.
The Ultimate Renewable™ (detailed in a lead story two weeks ago) will promote the sustainability and environmental advantages of Australia’s forest and wood products industry, with the goal of reframing forestry in the eyes of the public.
The messages underpinning the brand will aim to educate the public that Wood is The Ultimate Renewable™ resource, as it can be replanted and will continually grow back. The brand offers a universal, positive communications message for the sector to share and was warmly received by more than 100 industry representatives in attendance.
Speaking at the event was Ric Sinclair, Managing Director of FWPA, John Simon, Chairman of FWPA, Peter Maddison, award-winning architect (photo) and host of Grand Designs Australia, and Howard Parry-Husbands, CEO of research consultancy Pollinate, which oversaw the consultation process that informed the brand.
The Ultimate Renewable™ brand resulted from extensive collaboration between FWPA, the industry and consumers. Through a number of focus groups and extensive data analysis, the consultation found that the most impactful messages were the idea of forestry being renewable, providing a wealth of benefits for the environment and tackling climate change, at a time when environmental issues are becoming increasingly important to Australian businesses and consumers.
Parry-Husbands said The Ultimate Renewable™ will galvanise stakeholders across the sector to unite with the singular focus of positively changing public perceptions around forestry. “Our initial analysis showed that, while the mainstream media was concerned with the perceived negative environmental impact of forestry, what was missing from the narrative was a focus on replanting”.
“During our extensive consultation about potential ways of turning negative perceptions into positive ones, a common theme emerged … the fact that Wood is The Ultimate Renewable™. “If the industry can properly demonstrate this, we can change the world to one built on sustainable resources! Everybody will benefit if we work together,” Parry-Husbands said.
Sinclair said The Ultimate Renewable™ is a concept built on an ethos of collaboration, and urged stakeholders to become champions of the brand by promoting the benefits of using sustainably sourced and well-managed forest products.
“We operate in an incredibly diverse sector. But no matter where our stakeholders sit across the supply chain, the reality is that we all share a common resource, which is renewable. What we have created is a brand that everyone can embrace and incorporate into their own collateral, in turn amplifying the message,” Sinclair said.
As well as hearing the story behind the new brand, attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the new The Ultimate Renewable™ TV consumer advertisements featuring Peter Maddison. The ads share the key messages behind the brand and will be launched as part of a multi-platform, AU$1.8m campaign from the first week of July.
FWPA will act as the central point for the coordination and marketing of The Ultimate Renewable™, with variations of the logo available for use by different areas of the sector. FWPA will be hosting similar events for industry stakeholders in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart over the coming days and weeks.
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