The company’s CFO, David Rose (Mrs Rose-Gardner’s older son), has a different view. He said,
“For what it is worth, I can understand where the investors are coming from. We are no longer a “local” business. A lot has changed since Nan started this business on her kitchen table, and Uncle Sam was the only truck driver. Today, we have operations across Australia, employ more than 2,000 people — and I am not even counting the 3,000+ contractors on our books.
I believe there was a recent ruling whereby businesses like ours have a lot more responsibility of looking after our employees, especially our sub-contractors. When Melissa is back, I’m sure she will be able to shed some light on this. Plus, we should endeavour to go beyond the mandatory requirements. Wouldn’t it be great if our peers recognise us as the pioneers in corporate governance and sustainability practices? After all, we consume a crazy amount of fuel every year and with climate change being a pressing political topic —the last thing we want is to be boycotted.
These investors will own 12% of our company and probably secure a seat at the board table. So, we should be careful about making any throwaway comments. Although we might be a private company, it is impossible to hide when you are this big. The business media and journalists are aware of our operations and ownership structure. In the world of social media and Twitter, information travels much faster than we can imagine”.
Mrs White concurs with David’s views. She said,
“I want to continue lookin after our lo al customers and faithful em .lo ees who have