Corporate Social Responsibility
Our partners for this year
An element of our ‘corporate social investment’ is our charitable activities. In 2015 we will be supporting two organisations whose values align closely with ours.
1) The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF). ALNF is dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia and raises funds to develop, implement and sustain innovative projects for individuals, families and communities. They have been in operation as an official charity since 1998 with the aim of closing the literacy gap in indigenous and migrant populations. ALNF works closely with a number of large organisations, Department of Employment, the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and other government representatives.
2) The Aurora Project aims to strengthen Indigenous organisations by supporting their staff and facilitating opportunities for all Australians to work. They also run projects aimed at improving educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians, by focussing on excellence in education. We have donated towards their work on The Aspiration Initiative (TAI). TAI aims to ‘increase opportunities and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, helping to ensure they realise their potential at school, university and beyond’. As well as academic excellence, there is a focus on strengthening identity and resilience, and creating a group of students who will support each other through school and further education for the 5½ year duration of the program.
Aurora Project’s activities
TAI recently held its 9th academic enrichment camp in April 2014, with 60 Koori students from NSW and Victoria attending the event, which was held in Mildura. The camp is focussed on advancing the academic skills of students while also exploring their Indigenous heritage. To read an article on the TAI camp featured in the Sunraysia Daily click here.
Students have also participated in a study intensive camp at the University of Technology, Sydney from 29 June-3 July, which will help them with exam preparation in the lead up to their final HSC exams. The study intensive included syllabus breakdowns, study skills workshops, lectures from subject specialists and individual study support. Angus Knight staff members were invited to an informal dinner with students from the Aurora Project’s ‘The Aspiration Initiative’ during the camp. The dinner was an opportunity for students and AK staff to share stories and experiences. The students were engaged and talked about how much the Aurora Project had fuelled their aspirations. Career goals were wide and varied including professional Aboriginal dancer, chef, forensic pathologist and personal trainer. Many of those we spoke to also informed us that no one in their family had even thought of attending university, let alone actually going; a goal that many of the students now share. AK staff appreciated the opportunity to speak with the students and view first-hand the impact our support was having on these worthy recipients, many of whom would not have aspired to achieve, had they not received the support they are receiving under TAI. Please click here to read some of the students reflections and highlights of the week.
Part of our corporate social responsibility is our commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s Indigenous community, through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
The RAP acknowledges our achievements for reconciliation and sets new goals and outcomes to support and achieve further reconciliation within our workplaces and the communities in which we operate. Our RAP aims to improve our focus on valued relationships and cultural awareness, build understanding through sharing skills and develop employment initiatives.