Resilient People and Communities
At Suncorp, we respect our people and communities and we invest in their resilience and wellbeing. In 2016-17 we made a community investment of $9.8 million. This was made up of community partnerships, commercial initiatives, and charitable donations. We maintained our focus on health, financial literacy, disaster preparedness and response, road safety and crime prevention.
In 2016, Suncorp began a five-year partnership with Netball Australia to support the sport at all levels. Participation in sport is key to building confidence in young girls, and confidence ultimately contributes to positive wellbeing. Through the #TeamGirls program, we have begun a genuine conversation with our community on the topic of wellbeing. #TeamGirls, in partnership with ReachOut, provides parents with valuable resources to encourage conversations with their teenagers about positive behaviours to nurture their confidence.
Suncorp also continued to offer our employee giving program, Brighter Futures. This year, we distributed more than $537,000 in grants to 34 individuals and 121 charities, schools, community groups and sports clubs nominated by our employees.
Guided by our Corporate Responsibility Framework, Suncorp will review its approach to community investment next year. We will establish a program to engage customers, shareholders and communities in addressing social issues such as financial resilience and social connectedness. We will also refresh our employee giving program to ensure we reach more of our people across all our sites, with more relevant opportunities.
Building An Inclusive Work Environment
At Suncorp, we encourage our people to bring fresh ideas and perspectives. We support the creation of Employee Resource Groups, which are self-forming collections of people who are passionate about a social issue or topic. As a result, the following groups have formed in the past year:
Suncorp’s Lean In circles commenced with a clear purpose to bring women and men together to strive towards gender equality. This group is now actively influencing the broader agenda at Suncorp through their research and events, providing a tangible impact on the careers and lives of Lean In members.
In late 2016, a group of passionate employees conducted a survey to gauge interest in starting Suncorp’s first LGBTIQ+ group. Amplify was officially launched in March 2017 and following engagement with Pride in Diversity, work has started on a plan for the next year that includes training and events across Suncorp.
A Taste of Harmony
At Suncorp, 40 per cent of our employees trace their heritage to countries other than Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, we supported the Taste of Harmony initiative to celebrate this. This is a workplace event that encourages people to organise a lunch or morning tea and bring a plate of food that represents their cultural background to share with colleagues. Over 4,000 of our people participated in more than 150 Taste of Harmony events across Australia and New Zealand.
At Suncorp, in line with our strong focus on diversity and inclusion for all, we provide a work environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex employees, which is free of prejudice and discrimination. Suncorp announced support for Marriage Equality in February 2017. Watch more.
Read our 2016-17 Annual Review