Last month, LBG members in our region came together for the 9th annual members’ plenary and benchmark results reception in South Melbourne.
Keynote speaker Morgana Ryan from Accenture Development Partnerships talked about how societal impact creates business benefits, and our international keynote representing the LBG Steering Group in the UK, Frank Krikhaar, spoke about global innovation in corporate community investment, drawing on his experience as Global CSR Manager for the Dentsu Aegis Network.
Other speakers included Julia Leske from CAER, who presented about sustainability ratings including how LBG members are faring, and Helen Steel from the Shared Value Project provided a practical workshop on creating shared value. Jenny Geddes from the Australian Charities Fund also revealed details of a new workplace giving mark set to launch in 2015 recognising those companies with best practice workplace giving programs.
In addition to the guest speakers, LBG members Medibank, Essendon FC, Challenger Institute and David Jones shared case studies with attendees demonstrating the impact of their key partnerships.
Feedback from the day has been extremely positive with member case studies rated as the most valuable aspect of the day, followed by guest speakers and networking. One attendee stated “there was a good mix of speakers and member case studies”, while another said “top job by all concerned. Loved the day, the location, the themes and the commitment shown by so many”. Another participant agreed “a fun event, good for networking”.
Looking forward to 2015, members would like to see “more case studies on measuring impact and shared value” as well as “further development and application of measurement tools”. There is a great appetite to continue the work currently underway which is helping members map and assess their impact using the LBG social impact methodology.
Winnie Cheng, Scentre Group & Frank Krikhaar, DAN
Jess Pattison LBG, Danielle Johnson, Janet Liu ANZ, Simon Robinson LBG, Jill Riseley REA Group
Jasmine Paolino & Michelle Phillips - West Coast Eagles FC
Rebecca Kotow & Jack Pollock, NAB