GoodCompany has released its Best Workplaces to Give Back list for 2020. Who made it out on top this year?

Best workplaces to give back listOrigin Energy has once again topped the Best Workplaces to Give Back list! Compiled by GoodCompany, the list features 40 of the most generous and supportive workplaces in Australia.

Each company was ranked according to three criteria:

Impact: The approach and reach of each organisation’s impact

Context: Looking at the company’s holistic approach to corporate social responsibility

Innovation: Any unique and innovative activities that stand out

Workplaces were judged on the activities that gave employees opportunities to give back through payroll or workplace giving, paid volunteer leave, matched donations, fundraising, sponsorship, staff rewards and other pro-social activities.

This is the second year Origin Energy has come out on top.

“I’m thrilled Origin has been recognised by GoodCompany for the work of our philanthropic foundation, as well as our community sponsorships and commitment to reconciliation. There is no recognised methodology for measuring the impact of philanthropy, which makes the analysis conducted by GoodCompany an important tool for us and others, as we continue to improve our performance,” says Origin Energy CEO, Frank Calabria. 

The list is especially welcome amid the pandemic and economic recession, through which Corporate Australia has stepped up its support to the nonprofit sector. A report by Strive Philanthropy in August revealed that pandemic had, heartwarmingly, not stopped the corporate sector from digging deep.

“What makes this year’s list so special is that it took place against the backdrop of the first recession in three decades, and unprecedented economic turmoil caused by the pandemic,” says CEO of GoodCompany, Ash Rosshandler.

Origin Energy took out top place thanks to their unlimited paid volunteer leave with an uncapped budget; open choice of workplace giving and $5000 to 10,000 matched donations; sponsorships and regional community grants.

They also have in place a Reconciliation Action Plan, Diversity Program, green energy targets, Signatory to UN Global Compact and a Social Procurement Policy.

Best workplaces to give back list

Origin Energy Foundation volunteer

The list also revealed some encouraging trends. The number of companies offering paid volunteering leave jumped from 87% in 2018 to 94% in 2020. The top five companies on the list offer unlimited volunteer leave with an uncapped budget. Companies are also increasingly matching staff donations with 23 companies this year offering matching, 10 of which were uncapped. Uncapped donations had grown from 117.5% in 2018 to 25% for this year.

2020 winners:

  1. Origin Energy
  2. Accenture
  3. IAG
  4. Arup
  5. Energy Australia
  6. Optus
  7. ANZ
  8. AECOM
  9. American Express
  10. Sodexo

2019 winners:

  1. Origin Energy
  2. Sodexo
  3. Accenture
  4. PwC
  5. Optus
  6. IAG
  7. AECOM
  8. AGL
  9. Arup
  10. ANZ

Click here to see the full list.

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