As the first quarter of 2017 comes to a close, I have been reflecting on what we have achieved to date. LBG membership continues to grow, with over 220 companies using the LBG model globally. The latest companies to join the network include Amazon, Ashfield Healthcare, and Compass Group.
Last month I was in New Zealand where we joined forces with NZ connector, Local Works, to host an event in Auckland.
As we head towards the end of the financial year, we want to ensure that every member is getting the most out of their membership. Part of this involves ensuring that 2017 submissions are open and data is being entered.
Jen will be sending out invites to review your progress and support your ongoing data entry, so please find some time in your diary for this important step in your 2017 LBG journey.
We recently ran a free webinar in collaboration with RobecoSAM to share insight into the value of responding to RobecoSAM's Corporate Sustainability Assessment. If you missed it you can now watch the recorded webinar.
This month Corporate Citizenship is hosting ‘Sustainability – Lessons in Leadership’. Find out why some corporate leaders are always ‘on message’ about the big social and environmental trends that impact business success, and what sets them apart in the sustainability arena.
The team at Corporate Citizenship have been busy thinking about the sustainability challenges that businesses will face in the year ahead. We explore trends that might shape the sustainable future for business and have identified seven key challenges.
Loss of trust in the global corporation, transparency, rapidly growing inequality, increased risks to business, a call for global systems change, long-term thinking and a new movement are explored.
Name: Susan Mizrahi
Position: Head of Corporate Responsibility, Australia Post
Describe your job in one sentence: I'm responsible for the Australia Post Group's corporate social responsibility strategy, which includes overseeing shared value innovations, sustainability reporting and communications, employee and stakeholder engagement, and establishing a social impact measurement framework.
New research by Corporate Citizenship reveals that an era of collaboration is upon us. As companies aspire to achieve greater societal impact, they are moving away from traditional partnership models and seeking out new models of collaboration.
This report highlights the role of business in bringing about change by addressing these issues collaboratively. It highlights five key models of collaboration and outlines the steps to a successful collaboration. Read more
This month we unveil our new LBG for Community program. Kicking off in July this year, LBG for Community will support non-profit organisations with best practice corporate-community partnership reporting, impact measurement and strategic partnership development.
I am also delighted to welcome Frasers Property to LBG as our newest member. Frasers, one of Australia’s leading diversified property groups, has just launched an invitation for expressions of inspiration from Australian not-for-profits. The company is seeking a significant partnership to make a real and measurable difference in the area of physical and mental wellbeing.
Next week we are hosting a free webinar in collaboration with RobecoSAM to provide insight into the value of responding to RobecoSAM's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). The webinar will be of interest both to companies that already respond to CSA and to new companies. Get the answers to your questions! Register to attend.
LBG will be in New Zealand in the next few weeks visiting both Auckland and Wellington. If you’re based there and would value some time to meet about any of our work do please let us know and we’ll make sure we work some time into our itinerary.
Corporate Citizenship in association with S&P Dow Jones Indices, has released a report which looks at how to bridge the gap between Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility teams.
It outlines the key barriers to long-term business thinking, explores how to demonstrate the value of sustainable business to investors and provides practical steps to facilitate collaboration between Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility professionals.
LBG has launched a new program - LBG for Community, to support non-profits with corporate-community partnership reporting, impact measurement and strategic partnership development.
The program will be delivered via a webinar series from July to October 2017.
A new set of specialist sustainability rankings are due to arrive on the scene in 2017.
As Corporate Citizenship’s research shows, the wide array of rankings, ratings and indices that companies are confronted with can often seem overwhelming.
Charlie Ashford, from Corporate Citizenship’s London Office discusses what to watch out for in 2017.
Sport is at the heart of communities, and sponsors are the lifeblood of sport. In today’s world, sponsors need to see a return on their investment beyond basic advertising exposure or association with a winning team; they want to play a positive role in communities.
The challenge is to work out just how businesses can maximise the value of their sponsorship, how sports organisations can provide sponsors with more meaningful partnerships and how this can all be backed up.
The answer is to better understand the impacts of the sponsorship on the business and the community, which in turn raises the performance and builds deeper connections with key stakeholders. This is exactly what LBG is doing under the Calling the Shots on Impact initiative. Read more
Corporate Citizenship recently conducted a global survey of corporate foundations from more than 20 countries. With over 100 responses, the survey found that change is afoot. Many Foundations are upping their game and embracing some truly innovative strategies.
Name: Jeffrey Oatham
Position: Director of LBG, Corporate Citizenship London
When did you join the LBG/Corporate Citizenship team? I joined in November 2016, but thankfully not the ‘newest’ team member anymore.
Describe your job in one sentence: I lead the growth and development the LBG model and network globally.
In 2016 our members contributed $236M to the community and 0.14% of total revenue on average
LBG members have
an average of
4 full time staff
LBG members on average contributed 0.56% of pre-tax profit to the community in 2016
In 2016 our members contributed $831 per employee on average
Employee time made up 10% of contributions by our members in 2016
Social Welfare causes received the majority of member contributions in 2016
In 2016 on average 11 hours per employee was contributed to the community
LBG members NAB, Woodside Energy & Wesfarmers support employees on five week secondments assisting Indigenous organisations with economic and social development projects.
"Seeds of Renewal" is a grants program, supported by ANZ, which aims to contribute to building thriving communities in regional Australia.
Datacom helps make the internet safer for kids through ThinkUKnow, an internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers.
The Essendon Football Club aims to strengthen communities through sport, and a key partnership is with the Tiwi Bombers Football Club located 80 kilometres North of Darwin.
The Medibank Community Fund and Heart Foundation partnership was born out of a shared 'For Better Health' philosophy to encourage healthy eating, more physical activity and greater community connectedness.
In 2009, the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Limited established the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship program
Optus partners with The Smith Family to deliver 'student2student', a unique program that has helped many students to significantly increase their reading skills.
Origin Foundation supports Youth Off The Streets with skilled volunteering and financial support of the The National Scholarship Program and Dollars for Scholars Program.
LBG members Woodside Energy, NAB & Wesfarmers support employees on five week secondments assisting Indigenous organisations with economic and social development projects.
West Coast Eagles FC inspires high school students in the Pilbara with "Kicking Goals", a curriculum-based mentoring program in partnership with BHP Billiton and Swan Districts Football Club.