Viva Energy is committed to giving back to our local communities. Over a four- year period we are investing up to $6 million into community projects that supports mental health, Indigenous participation and substance misuse. We do this through working with our people, our communities, our business and our business practices.
We create simple and inspiring ways for employees to contribute to positive social change on a national and local level. Employees can participate through donations via their salary, volunteering and raising funds in teams for a number of community partners. Viva Energy matches the funds raised for community partners by our employees dollar for dollar through Double My Donation and up-to $10,000 per charity through Team Fundraising. Last year $330,738 was raised across 23 different community partners ($177,369 by our employees and $153,369 by Viva Energy).
Our employees also volunteer. This year more than 750 Viva Energy employees across Australia donated over 650 hours to participate in 1,100 good deeds, as part of the globally acclaimed Good Deeds Day which Viva Energy has extended to be Good Deeds Week.
We support local projects in the areas where we operate.
Cathy Freeman Foundation: From Jan 2018 – Dec 2022, Viva Energy and CFF will work together to empower young Indigenous Australians from four remote communities in QLD and NT to stay engaged in their schooling through culturally appropriate education. The focus of the partnership is on two CFF programs; Horizons Program and Activities Program which will benefit the young people and communities of Palm Island, Woorabinda, Wurrumiyanga and Galiwin’ku.
headspace, national youth foundation: Since our $600,000 partnership began in 2016, we have worked with headspace to upskill and empower more than 150 young mental health role models across Australia to destigmatise mental illness and promote help seeking amongst other young people in their communities. Our funding specifically funds training and events in Geelong, Sunshine, Nundah and Parramatta and the national youth reference group hYNRG. This has included members of hYNRG successfully completing Mental Health First Aid Training. This video explains more.
The Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Programs (CAAPS): The three year $300,000 partnership support CAAPS Volatile Substance Misuse Program. The funds are being used to establish and deliver a program to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of youth in the Darwin-based residential treatment unit.
Northern Futures: The three year, $120,000 partnerships provide scholarships that remove financial barriers to participation in Northern Futures programs for people experiencing mental illness or substance abuse. Since the program began in 2016, more than 30 students have received scholarships to support them remaining in education or gaining employment. These scholarships have ranged from $75 for a forklift licence, through to an $1800 grant to assist with childcare.
Amity Community Services: Viva Energy is partnering with Amity with a $50,000 investment to create the Viva Energy Amity Youth Scholarships in 2017-2018. Scholarships of up to $2000 each to cover the costs of diversionary activities that help young at-risk Indigenous people to stay connected to education, culture, sports or arts, reduce boredom and realise their potential.
Each year we invite not for profit organisations in our heartland communities to apply for grants totalling up-to $50,000. Applications close December 31, 2017
Applications will be evaluated by our Role Model Grants Committee, and must meet specific criteria to be considered.
Projects must address one of three significant challenges:
• Mental illness
• Substance misuse
• Breaking the poverty cycle through education
We use our core business capabilities and processes to help create long term change. For example:
- Our business has a workforce of around 2,000 people, supporting national and local economies
- Viva Energy was the first company in Australia to offer employees a full-time superannuation payment of 12% base salary for up to five years during unpaid parental leave and part-time work periods.
- Our Low Aromatic Fuel is supplied into Northern Australia to combat petrol sniffing.
- Our Indigenous Participation Plan
- Our Indigenous1 participation vision is to respectfully work together with Indigenous peoples to assist them reach their destination, and in doing so build a diverse and enriched Viva Energy.
- We use our procurement processes and purchasing power to support social enterprises and local organisations wherever it is commercially viable and where it meets quality expectations. This includes engaging Karingal (a social enterprise) at our Geelong refinery to run the refinery cafeteria and provide gardening services, and supporting Indigenous
1 We respectfully use the term Indigenous to refer to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.