We believe companies like ours have a responsibility to think and act in a way that builds community spirit and contributes to the comfort, health and wellbeing of our fellow Australians. Especially the disadvantaged. Our efforts to support the communities in which we work include:
The Frasers Property Foundation.
In 2005 Australand established a charitable foundation to coordinate the company’s donations and volunteering activities focused on disadvantaged youth and the environment. The Frasers Property Foundation is supported by an ongoing funding strategy based on a percentage of company profits each year and a staff Volunteering Bank of 500 volunteering days per year. The Foundation supports charitable initiatives championed by our staff, and matches every dollar raised by our staff.
The Foundation now participates in a range of initiatives, including:
A focus on disadvantaged youth.
We have partnered with community organisations to provide accommodation for children at risk of homelessness. This has included working with Kids Under Cover and the Property Industry Foundation, including as the major partner in the construction of a PIF House in Victoria.
A Different Way.
A Different Way is our national sustainability strategy, which articulates our vision for a more sustainable future. To achieve our goals, we have focused A Different Way on three core areas, each supported by ambitious goals and targets that pinpoint how we plan to make a difference. Visit A Different Way here.
Community development plans.
Our Residential Division operates a range of initiatives and programs designed to create better communities, with a focus on wellness, involvement, belonging and quality of life. An example of this can be seen at our Discovery Point project (Wolli Creek, NSW). Here we have a community-based program that includes social groups and regular resident events created as a result of survey feedback from the residents themselves. Currently we have social groups that include Board Game Fridays, Coffee Club, Mothers Club, Walking Club Sundays and Thai Chi Saturdays. As new residents continue to move in, we will review our offering to keep it relevant to the needs and interests of our community.
Green Building Council of Australia.
We are proud to have been a supporter and partner to the Green Building Council of Australia for many years. We Sponsorship of and direct involvement with the Green Building Council of Australia.
Our commitment to the next generation of Australians is made tangible with apprenticeships, internships and practical work experience opportunities. Our interest in improving gender equity and diversity in our workforce has prompted us to support Serendis’ Career Returners Program, which consciously seeks to recruit senior professional women returning to work after a career break, and to support these women in their transition back into the workforce.