Jen and I have returned from our trip to the United Kingdom (UK) where we met with our international LBG colleagues. It was a worthwhile visit and I have shared the key outcomes in more detail below.
We had a productive meeting with other LBG facilitators and addressed a number of key issues including the global membership offer, developing an aligned communications strategy to build the LBG brand and facilitating global benchmarking. We also explored how LBG can be promoted in different markets including the United States and Asia.
Jen and I participated in briefings from a wide range of subject matter experts including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), measuring social and economic outcomes, strategy development for companies to develop sustainability principals and strategies that inspire business transformations. The Corporate Citizenship team offers a wide range of services (covering the above topics) to companies and through our closer alignment, we can look forward to providing similar services in the Australian and New Zealand market.
In an effort to closer align with our international colleagues we participated in planning meetings with colleagues from Corporate Citizenship Asia with a particular focus on growing community investment activity and LBG in our wider local region. I am looking forward to further discussions and joint activities over the coming year, which should be of particular interest to those of you with offices located in Asia.
I met with Jeff Oatham who will shortly be starting in a new role as Global Head of LBG. Most recently Jeff has been Head of Corporate Responsibility and Community Investment at Royal Mail, and Director at Global Sustainable Capital Management providing expertise and leadership in social, ethical and environmental risks in agricultural and forestry projects. Jeff has extensive experience and expertise in CCI and I look forward to the value that he will bring to LBG.
It would also be remiss of me not to share the most unexpected experience of the trip. To help us bond as a team, our London based colleagues organised an activity – white water rafting! Not top of mind when visiting London, however thanks to the city hosting the Olympics in 2012, us mere mortals can access the facilities that were set-up, including the Lee Valley White Water Centre. After an extensive (and rather terrifying) training session both Jen and I managed to fight our way through the rapids. After which we all enjoyed a well-deserved drink, certainly my preferred part of the bonding session!
In other exciting news I am thrilled to inform you that Corporate Citizenship is a finalist in Edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017! We have been shortlisted in the Large Consultancy of the Year category. The winners will be announced at the Edie award dinner and ceremony on 25 January 2017 in London so fingers crossed for the win.
Finally, I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming LBG annual meeting. We are expecting our biggest numbers to date so it is going to be a momentous gathering. Please read the LBG reminders for some additional events and opportunities taking place to coincide with the meeting.
See you on 15 November!
Simon J Robinson
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.