VicSuper partners with community groups to deliver social impact
VicSuper has today launched its social sustainability strategy to deliver greater impact on important social issues.
The strategy focuses on three areas: mental wellbeing in the workplace, increasing economic security of women, and providing better super and retirement outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These areas were identified by members and employees as the social issues important to them.
VicSuper’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Dundon said that as a responsible super fund, VicSuper has an important role to play in supporting local communities and positively contributing to broader society. “As a good corporate citizen, our role goes beyond sound money management and great service. It’s about taking a responsible approach to everything we do and being a positive member of our community. “Our commitment to community is shown through our social sustainability strategy, and with our new community partners, WISE Employment and Fitted for Work, we’ll have more impact as we combine our areas of expertise,” said Mr Dundon.
WISE Employment Chief Executive Officer Matthew Lambelle said they’re looking forward to working with VicSuper to provide financial information as resources to support people with a mental illness or a disability entering or re-entering the workforce. “We know that people with a mental illness or a disability can experience a higher level of financial stress and so helping them manage their finances including what they understand about their superannuation will have a great impact in reducing that stress”, said Mr Lambelle.
Fitted for Work Chief Executive Officer Donna de Zwart said they are pleased to be collaborating with VicSuper who will be supporting 30 women through the WomanKind program, to help them enter or re-enter the workforce. VicSuper will open up its office and invite the participants to take part in a corporate orientation day. “This partnership will provide women the opportunity to build their confidence, capabilities, skills and knowledge to help prosper in the workforce,” said de Zwart.
Jackie Roberts who has gone through the WomanKind program said it has changed her and her daughter’s life in multiple ways. “What I walked out with from that first appointment was so much more than clothing. The volunteers who looked after me were so lovely, gentle and genuine.” “Because of Fitted for Work, we are safe, happy, fulfilled, and engaged in life. Because I am working, I have security. I have hope that I can build a positive future for myself and for my daughter.”
The community partnerships will deliver targeted programs over the next three years.
Alexis Harrison | Alexis.Harrison@vicsuper.com.au | +61 3 9667 9762
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