Downer’s operating philosophy is ‘Relationships creating success’. We actively support the success of the communities in which we operate by fostering and maintaining enduring relationships based on trust.
We understand the significant and lasting socio-economic benefits our presence in the community can bring. We honour the responsibility that comes with that by implementing a range of strategies focusing on social responsibility, local and indigenous employment, cultural heritage management and stakeholder engagement.
In FY19, Downer committed to achieving the following Community targets and objectives:
- Establish strategic partnerships that support and provide enduring social benefits to disadvantaged communities
- Increase employee involvement in community activities and partnerships.
In addition to providing local employment opportunities, Downer is focused on making a difference in our communities through partnerships, sponsorships and donations.
Key initiatives supported include:
Corporate social responsibility
Wall of Hands
Proud supporter of the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation‘s (ALNF) annual fundraising initiative since 2013. The ALNF works with Indigenous communities and is dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia
Supporting the Australian Special Air Service Association to provide mentoring, education, coaching and employment opportunities to veterans through their transition from military to civilian life
Genesis Youth Trust
Downer has supported the Genesis Youth Trust for many years, helping to reduce the levels of youth-offending in the wider Auckland region by working with at-risk youth to transform their lives and engage in local communities
Volunteer Service Abroad
Downer‘s exclusive partnership with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) provides some of our young professionals with career experience in the Pacific
Role Models and Leaders Australia and Clontarf Foundation
Spotless supports programs to develop and empower young Aboriginal men and women through sport, leadership, education and employment
Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Spotless has purchased eSmart Digital licences for schools in states we have a Public Private Partnership
Downer has partnered with not-for-profit group Jawun since 2014, providing 45 talented employees and 258 weeks of secondment to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Cape York, Inner Sydney and West Kimberley