Origin might be best-known for its position as Australia’s largest energy retailer, but its employees are developing a reputation of their own, involving a very different form of energy.
Last year more than 2,000 school children benefited from the knowledge and experience of Origin employees, over 1,100 of whom gave up their time and energy to support programs run by the partners of our philanthropic arm – the Origin Foundation.
Whether it was our CEO Frank Calabria helping the Indigenous children of Sydney’s Gawura school with reading; our professionals sharing their knowledge with educators and students through the CSIRO’s STEM Professionals in Schools program or our employees mentoring Indigenous students in the remote Goodooga community via video link – Origin’s workforce kept themselves busy both inside and outside of the office.
Dedicated to investing in education to help create better lives for young Australians, the Foundation’s volunteering efforts meant or one in five of our six thousand-strong workforce got involved in supporting local communities.
However, 2018 will see Origin focus on increasing this number to 23% – almost one-in-four staff members.
Another highlight for 2017 was the more than $600,000 given to communities thanks to the Foundation’s workplace giving program which matches employees’ donations dollar-for-dollar to any registered Australian charity with DGR status.
Every year the foundation provides funding to Australian non-profit organisations that use education, training and development to help young people become the best that they can be. Through this program, in 2017 it helped:
- 1,700 Indigenous students stay in school to year 12, with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
- 38,000 Indigenous children receive a better education, thanks to teacher/principal professional development from theStronger Smarter Institute
- a further 137 exceptional teachers graduate and begin working in disadvantaged schools, impacting thousands of children
- 780 educators train in using the Let’s Count maths tool for pre-schoolers. They join 2,000 already trained who are raising numeracy skills for children in low socio-economic communities.