Every day our 36,000 employees enrich lives through the positive experiences and environments they contribute to – shaping our communities.
From driving initiatives like the World’s Largest Morning Tea, to empowering our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women through our partnerships with Clontarf Foundation and Role Models and Leaders Australia, we’re proud to have been able to make meaningful contributions to the broader community.
Clontarf Foundation & Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) Partnerships
In 2015 we launched Spotless’ Indigenous Engagement partnerships with Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) and the Clontarf Foundation in Western Australia. Programs delivered by RMLA and the Clontarf Foundation aim to develop and empower young Aboriginal men and women through education, sport, leadership and employment and ensure long-term career pathways for the students into the business.
Through these partnerships we have been able to directly support the RMLA Girls’ Academies: Perth’s Clontarf Girls’ Academy and Kununurra Girls Academy, and Karratha’s Clontarf Academy for young men in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The Clontarf Girls’ Academy and Kununurra Girls Academy programs are based in high schools, focusing on Aboriginal girls in Years 7 through to 12 who experience poverty, sickness, misfortune or disconnectedness from their community. The Academies are established in partnership with local secondary schools in Western Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales (12 nationally), and currently has 900 girls enrolled across the 12 RMLA Academies.
The Clontarf Foundation focuses on improving the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. Clontarf Foundations are established in partnership with local secondary schools with a key focus on sports, and currently has over 1600 boys attending in more than 60 Academies across WA, NT, NSW, QLD and Victoria.
Alexander Hill, Kitchen Porter, QGC Wolleebee Creek QLD. Alexander was offered the opportunity to work with Spotless at a minesite in Roma, through our relationship with the Clontarf Foundation. He enjoys having to interact with such a diverse range of people. The kitchen can have over 500 workers pass through the doors each day.
Inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships
Spotless proudly sponsored the inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships in Nowra, bringing together 24 Indigenous children’s, men’s and women’s teams from across Australia and New Zealand in a true celebration of football and Indigenous culture.
Back in a Heartbeat
Our staff work in many public spaces to create great experiences and our priority is the safety of those around us. That’s why we were Platinum sponsors, contributing $10,000 to the “Back in a Heart Beat” event, raising awareness and educating people on sudden cardiac arrest and how to save lives.
Nudge Health and Lifestyle Program
Nudge health and lifestyle program – a collaborative initiative with Nutrition Australia — is all about putting people first and making it easier for them to nudge towards healthier choices. The program created by Alliance, a Spotless catering company, aligns with our health focus and incorporates nutritious recipes and menus developed by dietitians and experts to reflect the best practices in healthy eating. And because wellbeing is more than just food choices, the program also has a full suite of educational seminars, games, and activities to promote physical and mental health, which can be incorporated to suit our clients’ particular needs. Nudge is currently being introduced to the more than 100,000 students we cater for in the education sector across Australia and New Zealand, before expanding to the corporate and resources sectors.
Domestic Violence Prevention
We have an ongoing commitment to raise awareness about domestic violence, which has wide-ranging impacts for families, and providing support to our employees affected by such violence. Last year, we supported the Two Good initiative, a national program that helps women in shelters and those sleeping rough. Employees that bought a chef-designed wholesome and nutritious lunch from Two Good, provided the same nutritious meal for someone in need.
Annual Gingerbread Village
For the last six years, EPICURE’s Executive Pastry Chef Deniz Karaca and his team recreate Melbourne’s cityscape at Melbourne Town Hall to raise funds for charities. So far, over $140,000 has been raised for the charities it has supported. Last year we saw a record number of over 59,000 visitors (10,000 more than 2015) and raised over $28,000 in donations for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Spotless is a Principal Partner to the Melbourne Awards and has supported the program for 14 years. The event is the city’s highest accolade, celebrating Melbournians who make significant contributions to the city in the areas of environmental sustainability, community and multiculturalism. Supporting the program is one of the ways in which we give thanks to those who lead the way in making a real difference to the people in our community.
Ronald McDonald House
For 18 years, AE Smith has been helping provide comfort for the families of Ronald McDonald Houses. Attached to major women’s or children’s hospitals, the houses provide a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families, and rely on support from their local communities for their daily running. This is where AE Smith is proud to be able to help, providing pro bono air conditioning services and maintenance to Ronald McDonald Houses in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, and ensuring the 6,000 families who call these Houses ‘home,’ have a comfortable stay.
“Our contribution helps Ronald McDonald House provide a comfortable environment for the families in their care,” said Stephen Ellich, AE Smith CEO. “We care about people’s welfare, which is why our partnership with Ronald McDonald Houses is so important to us.”
Important national and international events
We acknowledge important events of recognition, such as Reconciliation Week, which promote inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.