These Are The Top 10 Most Charitable Companies In Australia

Posted on: 30th May 2017

Ten companies have recently been recognised for their charitable nature, with up to 65 per cent of their employees at some of the companies regularly donating to charity.

In June 2016, an online campaign was launched, aiming to encourage one million employees to donate to a charity through workplace giving. The campaign was launched by chief executive of the Australian Charities Fund, Jenny Geddes.

“We have always known that workplace giving is a sensible way to give and support charities,” she said. “We launched the one million donors campaign to create an ambitious target for employers.”

Data from 2014 shows 156,000 Australians give money to charities through a workplace intuitive that deducts pre-tax donations from their overall pay packet.

“If we can get to one million donors, that will mean $250 million flowing to the charity sector based on an average donation of $200 per donor per year.”

The new online platform part of the initiative gives employees a chance to track the progress of their charitable donation against other employees from across Australia.
The workplaces that are registered to the online campaign include JB Hi-Fi, SEEK, Collins Foods Group, Flight Centre, BHP Billiton and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

JB Hi-Fi is the top charity giving company in Australia, and matches employee donations dollar for dollar. The company sponsors nine charities including Oxfam, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Redkite, Song Room and animal welfare charities.

JB Hi-Fi chief executive and chairman of the Australian Charities Fund’s employer leadership group, Richard Murray, said his company and employees had given $10 million to charity since 2008.

Following JB Hi-Fi is SEEK, which has 57 per cent of employees involved in workplace giving. SEEK supports The Big Issue and Street, the Cathy Freeman Foundation and The Smith Family.

Flight Centre is the seventh most charitable company, with 30.5 per cent of the companies 10,000 employees involved in workplace giving. Around $1 million for employees and benefactors flow through Flight Centre to charities, of which $800,000 is workplace giving. The donations are matched dollar for dollar by the company.

Flight Centre Foundation general manager, Anita Russell, says all of the charities they give to were chosen with input from their employees.

“Workplace giving is a no-brainer. It is a win for people because it is so easy and they know they are having an impact. It is good for the company and it is a win for our charity partners because they have a consistent flow of money.”

The top ten charitable companies in Australia are, in order; JB Hi-Fi, SEEK, Collins Foods Group, Pacific Equity Partners, Atlassian, Event Hospitality & Entertainment, Flight Centre, BHP Billiton, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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