British American Tobacco recognise the role of business as a corporate citizen, and our companies have long supported local community and charitable projects.
Our involvement in the community is driven by our desire to play an active role in helping societies achieve a sustainable balance of economic growth, environmental protection and social progress.
'Making a Difference'
Since 2001, we have gradually moved towards a programme of social investment focusing on enhanced community partnerships, environmental stewardship and employee involvement. In 2003, we launched the ‘Making a Difference’ programme which further consolidates the three focus areas identified in 2001, while allowing for an element of ad-hoc charitable contributions, still needed in the community.
The programme aims to create long term sustainability through the development of ongoing partnerships with nationally recognised non-government organisations. We are very proud to be currently working with:
Formed over 150 years ago, Mission Australia is one of the nation's leading community services organisations. Mission Australia operates over 550 community and employment services from 350 locations across all states and territories. Mission Australia focuses on strengthening families, and striving to solve homelessness. In 2011, Mission Australia helped to transform the lives of over 300,000 disadvantaged Australians by providing a hand-up, a way forward, and hope for a brighter future.
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter
The Westpac Life Saver is the only dedicated search and rescue helicopter in Sydney operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The team conduct a range of rescues, from rescuing rock fisherman in danger to boating accidents and rescuing swimmers, divers or kayakers in distress to a range of other amazing activities. Since 1973 the Service has successfully completed over 22,000 missions at no cost to those rescued.
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Conservation Volunteers is the largest practical conservation group in Australia and New Zealand, facilitating over 100,000 days of community involvement in projects each year. Conservation Volunteers works with local communities to involve volunteers working in managed teams on essential conservation projects, providing all aspects of project management to make the conservation volunteering experience as accessible, safe and fun as possible. The team focus on the challenges of species and habitat loss, environmental degradation, environmental skills shortages and the impact of a changing climate.
Windgap has been providing services to people with intellectual disabilities, including supported employment, supported accommodation, training, community access and community participation for over 50 years. It is their mission to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities by supporting them in reaching their full potential and raising community awareness as to their needs and aspirations.
These charities receive annual contributions from British American Tobacco Australia to support specific predetermined programmes and activities. Given the potential sensitivity surrounding tobacco, our involvement with Mission Australia focuses purely on its adult services such as homeless and aged care services.
Our Workplace Giving Programme allows employees of British American Tobacco Australia to make regular donations direct from their pre-tax pay to their choice of eight employee-nominated charities who do important work on welfare issues, the environment, family and youth development and disability support.
These charities are: Mission Australia, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, Lifeline, Northcott, Assistance Dogs Australia, Barnardos and ACT for Kids.
In 2011, approximately 20% of British American Tobacco Australia employees chose to make a difference through our Workplace Giving Programme. In support of our employees who choose to make a difference to the community either through payroll contributions or through approved on-site fundraising programmes, British American Tobacco Australia has committed to match all contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
This matching contribution is made to a Community Benefit Fund, managed by employees through the Community Champions Team and distributed to our Workplace Giving Programme charity partners in response to appeals for project funding as well as to various other ad-hoc requests for contributions from charitable organisations.
We provide all our employees one day’s paid leave and flexible working arrangements to enable them to participate in volunteer work.