McConnell Dowell is committed to contributing to improving the quality of life in societies throughout the geographic footprint we trade in.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy aims to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life and opportunities for disadvantaged groups. It does so through promotion of community based projects relating to self help, empowerment, capacity building and skills development.
The CSR Policy also assists educational institutions in encouraging or increasing the number of mathematics and science students with relevant trade skills in order to contribute to the development of priority skills in our industry.
We assist our CSR endeavours through either donations or enouraging our employees to participate in voluntary works.
Current CSR Initiatives include:
- Little Sisters of the Poor
- Beacon Foundation schools programme
- Western Chances
- White Lion
- The Salvation Army - Melbourne 614 Project
- Brotherhood of St Laurence
Recent CSR endeavours include:
June 2010 Update:
100,000 Baht has been given to the Nikom Pattana Sub District in Thailand to assist with schooling and community needs.
In Singapore we have donated S$10,000 to the Lighthouse Club which is a construction industry charity that was established to assist families that have been affected by construction related accidents and also to assist under privileged families working in the industry.
We have agreed to supply the Salvation Army 614 project with a second vehicle to enable them to reach more people in need. The existing food van still visits the normal locations such as the Queen Victoria Market, outside McDonalds on Swanston Street and the Hub Rooming House in Fitzroy.
This new van will concentrate more on homeless people who sleep on their own or with just one other person. These people are often the most vulnerable and require more care.
We have also once again donated $15,000 to Western Chances that provides scholarships and opportunity programs to talented and motivated young people that live in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Last year our donation enabled Western Chances to award 19 scholarships, and they have told us that without these scholarships many of the recipients would not be able to remain in secondary school or continue to further education.
"Valma's Pets As Therapy" is an organisation training pet owners and their pets to go into public areas and interact with those who greatly benefit from the animal/human bond. This group operates out of Sydney and currently visits Ronald McDonald House, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and the Ryde Rehabilitation Brain Injury Unit. This is the second year that we have donated $15,000 to sponsor this special group of volunteers who give up their time making a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Early 2010 Update:
- Salvation Army (Australia)
2010 sees our support for The Salvo's extend beyond Melbourne to Adelaide, Perth and Sydney.
In Perth we have donated $60,000 to their Community Support Service which provides food parcels, financial aid, counselling and more to people in need. These funds will be split between six of their centres, Northam, Gosnells, Ellenbrook, Bentley, Armadale and Rivervale.
Macquarie Fields is 30km south of Sydney's CBD and in the last decade has become seriously stigmatised as an area of neglect, dependency and crime. We have donated $50,000 to their Discovery Camp Project which operates out of the Macquarie Fields Program that The Salvo's run for children that are on suspension from school - the suspension rate is very high in this area and this program keeps the children off the street and helps stop them getting into more trouble. Currently The Salvo's can only afford to send six children to Camp but our donation will enable them to offer all the children this opportunity.
Two programs are being supported in Adelaide with $40,000 being donated to the existing Soup Run that distributes food, out of Gawler Place, to the homeless. The Salvo's operate the Soup Van on Monday and Friday evenings. This program has been experiencing severe financial pressures and our donation will give them a much needed boost. The second project is being supported by way of a $50,000 donation from Built Environs with BE also agreeing to act as lead builder on the "Muggy's Accommodation Program". Muggy's supports Wards of the State and has been successfully operating in Adelaide's northern suburbs for the past eight years. They now want to start an identical program in the southern suburbs and build four independent living units for the youths to live in.
In Melbourne we continue our support the Melbourne 614 project which runs the Soup Van in the CBD and inner suburbs by way of a $50,000 donation.
- Whitelion and Beacon
Also in Melbourne, we have again given Whitelion and Beacon $50,000 each to assist in the running of their programs.
- Cure Kids (New Zealand)
Cure Kids CEO, Vicki Lee, was delighted to receive $21,000 from McConnell Dowell recently as part of the 'paying it forward' campaign. More details can be found on the Cure Kids website at http://www.curekids.org.nz/mcconnelldowell.htm