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Deloitte staff to down tools for IMPACT Day
Using skills-based volunteering to drive change
18 November 2014: Almost half of Deloitte Australia’s 6,000 employees will down their usual work tools and roll up their sleeves for IMPACT Day this Friday, 21 November at one of 200 charitable volunteering events across the country.
With a social impact valued at more than $3 million, Deloitte workers will, among other projects:
- Join a white paper workshop on shared value for Australian micro-finance charity Good Return
- Help Wesley Mission with tender writing
- Assist the Canberra Hospital Foundation with a skilled workshop on its strategic vision
- Create Christmas hampers for the Salvation Army
- Perform cleaning, gardening or administration tasks for the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for Victoria.
Deloitte’s Responsible Business Executive Leader, Cindy Hook, will join working bees for gardening and house-painting.
“My own commitment to Responsible Business (RB) began when I saw, first-hand at events like IMPACT Day, how important it is to our people and how amazingly it connects us,” she said.
“We explicitly link our business success with wider social progress, which is also one of the ways we attract and retain the best talent.”
She said innovation at the institutional level was needed to sufficiently shift an organisation’s mindset to allow new ideas to emerge and thrive.
“This certainly includes our responsible business commitments and activities. While our current business leaders can debate how and where to innovate, it’s clear how much importance our future leaders place on innovation – not just as a driver of business growth but also as a catalyst for solving society’s most pressing problems.”
Deloitte Australia’s Foundation Survey found that 81 per cent of respondents rated the Foundation, which organises IMPACT Day, as somewhat or very important for their experience at Deloitte.
This view is further backed up by Deloitte Global’s 2013 Millennial Survey, which found that 78 per cent of the world’s future business leaders believed innovation, which they link to societal benefit, is essential for business growth.
Deloitte surveyed close to 5,000 Millennials from 18 countries, including Australia. When gauging the perception among future leaders about innovation and its impact on society, 84 percent said business innovations had a positive impact on society, and 65 per cent felt their own company’s activities benefited society in some way.
William Eggers, Director, Public Sector Research, Deloitte Services LP (Deloitte U.S.), and Paul Macmillan, Deloitte Global Public Sector Leader, call volunteers who contribute solutions to societal problems “citizen change makers” in their 2013 book The Solution Revolution.
They explain how technology has enabled a “solution economy” in which social enterprises, foundations, governments, companies, and citizen change makers can now collaborate towards common societal objectives and spark societal change. Inspired by Eggers and Macmillan, the Deloitte Changemakers campaign was created to engage and energise Deloitte’s professionals and highlight extraordinary personal stories of commitment and passion for specific societal issues.
Seventeen member firm professionals representing eight initiatives were recognised during the past year for leading their own solution revolutions by driving projects that expose human trafficking, teach disadvantaged children, develop adults’ professional skills, bridge the digital divide in emerging countries, and efficiently connect not-for-profits with volunteers.
Deloitte Australia is at the forefront of the debate as principal sponsor of the Changemakers Festival in Australia, which is aimed at sharing ideas on how social innovation can tackle some of our toughest social challenges.
Recent Deloitte Changemaker events in Sydney and Melbourne featured 2014 Emerging Philanthropy Leader Michael Gonski (Sydney) and leading young social entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of YGap, Elliot Costello (Melbourne). The Sydney event was titled Creating Profit with Purpose: Using Business for Good.
In Melbourne the event focused on social enterprise forums as distinct from not for profits. Elliot Costello explained the YGap belief that local people have the answers to local problems, but need help from the business sector, for example, to facilitate part of the solution.
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