Name: Sara Parrott
Position: Executive Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Suncorp Group
How long have you been an LBG member? I’ve been involved in LBG for about 13 years, since I first got involved in community investment when I established the EY Australia Foundation in 2003.
Describe your job in one sentence: I’m setting up Suncorp’s new corporate responsibility strategy and reporting framework with the aim of building long-term value for our stakeholders and trust in our organisation.
Career highlight to date: A highlight of my career was probably the work we did to bring in Social License to Operate measurement in at Xstrata. Although the organisation was taken over and the methodology wasn’t maintained, it taught me a lot about how you can quantify the value to your organisation of good social and environmental impact management and build the commitment of senior leaders to sustainable business strategy.
Advice for new LBG members: New LBG members should reach out to the rest of us – we are a friendly bunch! I see community investment as a non-competitive space, so we should take every opportunity to share our knowledge and borrow ideas.
Three things you can’t live without: My kids, my phone and coffee.
What’s on your bucket list: I’ve often day-dreamed about taking a year off work and living overseas with my family in another culture, so we could experience the amazing array of foods and sights and ways of life of other peoples. I’d love my kids to learn first-hand that our way of living is not the only way.
What is the last book you read/movie you watched: I saw Hunt for the Wilderpeople with my 10 year old son and it was hilarious! I love Sam Neil.
Where is your dream holiday location and why: I’m a bit of a fan of Intrepid Travel and I would love to do their tour to Machu Picchu and the Amazon jungle.
What do you feel most passionate about: I’ve spent a lot of my personal time volunteering with refugees.
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.