The Group is committed to contributing to the development of local communities through local employment and corporate responsibility projects. Contributing to the success of these projects have been the Group’s overarching support and the willingness of our personnel to volunteer their time and make donations in support of their local corporate responsibility activities.
For the year ended 30 June 2016, the Group engaged in a broad range of activities across its business with a strong focus on community projects that require technically skilled volunteers. Other activities include fundraising for not-for-profit organizations, scholarships, sponsorships, training, programs to reduce the Group’s impact on the environment and programs promoting improved diversity and inclusion.
The Group has reported an increase in volunteer hours for internal programs and community skilled volunteering programs. While there was a solid performance of direct financial contributions by our operations and personnel, the overall value of these contributions has reduced in line with the scale of the business.
Across our industries and operations, the Group is seeing increasing expectations related to supplier selection processes and ethical conduct. The Group sees this as an opportunity to lead our contractors and suppliers to increased ethical, social and environmental performance.