Best Aussie workplaces to give back revealed
12 October 2021 at 4:33 pm
GoodCompany has announced the winners of this year’s Australia’s Best Workplaces to Give Back award
Australian property group Mirvac has been recognised for its work as a force for good in the community, topping a list of the nation’s best corporate givers.
The winners of the 2021 Australia’s Best Workplaces to Give Back award were announced last week, shining a spotlight on organisations empowering their staff to create social impact through donations, fundraising and volunteering.
The ranking of the best 40 companies featured Mirvac in first place, followed by law firm King & Wood Mallesons and Origin Energy.
Mirvac was lauded for offering unlimited paid volunteer leave and uncapped matched donations to charities of an employee’s choice.
Sarah Clarke, Mirvac’s head of sustainability, said community service made employees better connected.
“One of the big assets any company has is the capability of its workforce,” Clarke said.
“Our people know how to solve all sorts of problems and it’s important that we use those skills not just at work, but also as a force for good in the community.”
Award sponsor GoodCompany noted that paid volunteer leave was becoming increasingly popular for businesses, with the number of organisations providing unlimited volunteer leave growing year on year.
The proportion of companies offering uncapped matching for staff donations (among organisations nominated) has also grown from 17.5 per cent in 2018 to 29 per cent this year.
GoodCompany CEO Ash Rosshandler said it was incredible to see the collective impact made by companies that were contributing amid the difficulties of 2021.
“This year’s been a nightmare for Australian charities, with fundraising and corporate volunteering events cancelled,” Rosshandler said.
“Yet at the same time the demand for charities across the board, especially those dealing with domestic violence, mental health and food security, is skyrocketing.
“So, it’s heartening to see some companies recognise this and increase the capacity and opportunities for their staff to give back at such a crucial time.”
You can see the full list of winners here.