Across the globe, good corporate citizenship is a core value of The Boeing Company and integral to the way its business is conducted. Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is essential, and in Australia, this is no exception.
Over the past five years, donations of more than $3 million have been made to a number of Australian and New Zealand community groups and causes. For Boeing, work in with community groups means not only choosing organisations where the need for financial support is great, but also identifying thoughtful and appropriate partnerships that offer opportunities to inspire, inform and engage others, including our employees.
In Canberra the partnership with the renowned Australian War Memorial fits perfectly with this ethos. One of the mandates of the Museum is to ‘encourage others to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society'. Boeing is proud to support this important national effort.
Education and life-long learning are key values for the entire Boeing Australia team, which is why the company has chosen to work with The Smith Family charity for more than 40 years, and it's why today we are playing a key role in its “Learning for Life” program. This program ensures that young children get the best possible start by exposing them to a range of early learning opportunities. This support is much more than simply handing over a cheque, and has seen many Boeing employees around the country engaged in Smith Family activities in their own local communities.
Environmental considerations also drive Boeing's people and business strategies; planes that use less fuel and enterprise-wide productivity that comes from saving energy, conserving water and eliminating waste; so it makes sense that one of the core community initiatives in Australia relates directly to the environment. With Greening Australia, the company and its employees have been involved in a number of tree planting days and other environmental activities.
Boeing employees are also engaged in the annual Boeing Global Day of Service, when they volunteer to work in areas of need in their local communities - for example, aged care, home repairs, supplying meals and many other forms of assistance.
Being part of a community also means being there when times get tough, and Boeing has played a part in making financial donations to communities at times of great need. Both Australia and New Zealand have been afflicted by severe natural disasters in the recent past, including tragic bushfires in Victoria, widespread flooding and cyclones in Queensland, and the devastating Christchurch earthquakes. Boeing employees worldwide were quick to respond with donations which were combined with a donation from The Boeing Company.
At Boeing, giving back to the communities in which we live and work is a core value, one which we engage in every day. It helps make us part of the fabric of Australia.