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Corporate volunteering benefits extend beyond the workplace

Encouraging employees to get outside the office and make a positive impact in the community has been a priority for Jemena since it launched its corporate volunteer program over five years ago.

In 2017, teams from Jemena’s Melbourne and Sydney offices got their hands dirty making hundreds of meals for vulnerable members of the community through organisations such as OzHarvest and FareShare.

“Making meals for people who would otherwise go without is an eye-opening experience that many employees wouldn’t always have the opportunity to take part in. Not only is it helping the community, it also benefits the workplace as it’s a great chance for team building outside the office. We always get positive feedback from our employees who take part in these sessions,” said Executive General Manager People, Safety and Environment Jodie Blake.

As well as having one day a year to take part in volunteer activities organised by Jemena, employees can also pursue volunteer activities outside of work and Jemena will donate to that organisation.

“Our Get Out There and Community Link programs get employees volunteering or taking part in fundraising activities in their own time. Jemena then donates $500 to further the work of that organisation. This could include participating in a fun run or doing regular volunteering with a local scouts group,” said Ms Blake.

“Many employees are looking for more meaning from their work. To stand out as an employer, we need to offer a wider range of benefits to potential candidates beyond salary and leave.”

Jemena’s corporate volunteer program is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy that includes working with community organizations including Uniting (previously Kildonan Uniting Care) and the Starlight Children’s Foundation to make a difference to people in the communities where we operate.