See who cleaned up in Workplace Giving Australia’s 2020 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards!
JB Hi-Fi took out two awards in last night’s Workplace Giving Excellence Awards: Best Overall Program and Best Innovation.
The annual awards by Workplace Giving Australia recognise outstanding workplace giving programs and performers across Australia.
JB Hi-Fi, Australia’s largest home entertainment retailer, wowed the judges with their participation levels and employee engagement in their workplace giving program, Helping Hands. Since its inception in 2008, the program has raised over $23 million with $3 million in the past year alone. 75% of the company is involved in their workplace giving program, equating to 8,500 employees.
“Workplace giving is now recognised as being fundamental to any organisation aspiring to be an employer of choice. Our Helping Hands program is now so deeply embedded in our organisation and we know it is a much-loved part of what it means to work at JB. I encourage every business leader to consider workplace giving as a fantastic way to build a great team,” says Group CEO of JB Hi-Fi, Richard Murray.
The 2020 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards
Best Overall Program: JB Hi-Fi
Best Employer Response to a Crisis: ANZ
Best Launch/Refresh (Employer): Tomago Aluminium
Best Public Sector: Sydney Water
Best Launch or Refresh (Charity): The Smith Family
Best Pro Bono/Workplace Volunteering: Accenture
Best Innovation (Charity/Employer): JB Hi-Fi
Most Innovative Charity & Employer Partnership: World Youth International with Computershare
“I commend all the organisations that entered the Awards in what has obviously been a tough and challenging year for so many. Congratulations to the 2020 Award winners – these organisations have prioritised this form of giving and are seeing the benefits to their organisations and of course to the charities they support,” says Workplace Giving Australia’s CEO, Jenny Geddes.
Despite the achievements of the award winners, workplace giving has a long way to go to become a mainstream vehicle for giving. While 33% of working Australians have full access to a workplace giving program, only 5% actually participate in it. Workplace Giving Australia attributes this to low awareness levels. In order to reach one million workplace giving donors, participation levels will need to increase to 24%. But this would equate to $215 million per annum in regular donations to nonprofits – more if workplaces choose to match.
At the end of FY19, Workplace Giving Australia recorded over 200,000 participants in over 5,000 organisations across Australia, donating $43.3 million with $66 million in company matching.
Congratulations to all the winners for doing their bit to build awareness of the ease and effectiveness of workplace giving, and providing their employees with ways to give back!
You can see all the award winners and runners-up here.