Giva Blog Categories : Corporate Social Responsibility

Giva Salutes: 2017 CEO Sleepout for Homeless Services

Australia's St. Vincent de Paul's CEO Sleepout

At Giva we search for organisations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

St Vincent de Paul Society was founded over 170 years ago by a young man named Frederic Ozanam. Today, the St Vincent de Paul Society of Australia continues to fight social injustice in Australia with the help of over 40,000 volunteers and members. The mission of St Vincent de Paul Society is to give a "hand up" to people who are affected by social justice issues such as homelessness, poverty and oppression.

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Online Guide Launched for Indigenous Organisations


Not for profit AskRIGHT has recently launched a series of free online guides that lists funders of indigenous causes in Australia. The resource lists both Australian and international companies and foundations that publicly support indigenous causes and their fundraising efforts.

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Free Legal Advice Now Available to All Australia Charities

Justice Connect Information Hub

There are currently over 600,000 charities and not for profits in Australia, and now they all have the opportunity to receive free legal advice due to the expansion of a new information hub.

Justice Connect is a group that provides free legal assistance to those who are ineligible for legal aid or who cannot afford it. The organisation also has a not for profit law service, Information Hub, to provide legal assistance to charities and not for profits. This information hub has already been available in Victoria and New South Wales for 18 months, but it recently expanded and the service is now available to organisations in all of Australia's states and territories.

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3 Ways to Inspire Employee Enthusiasm for CSR Efforts in Your Business

CSR Events for Employees & The Workplace

Are you interested in incorporating social responsibility practises into your business? Becoming a socially responsible business may take serious work, but it can be an easier and more rewarding process if your employees are on board. One great way to inspire enthusiasm for corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts is to hold a company event related to the social causes or CSR practises in which your business is interested.

The following are three types of events you may wish to consider using to fire up your employees about social responsibility in the workplace:

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FUTUREgen16 Conference Encourages Youth to Create Their Future

FUTUREgen16 Conference

On 2nd and 3rd August 2016, Thinq Group will hold FUTUREgen16, a conference to empower youth through employment, education and entrepreneurship programs. The name of the conference speaks to the conference's theme of "Creating a Future that Works for Young People".

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Optus “Future Makers” Program for Social Change

Optus Future Makers

Optus, the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, recently launched their Future Makers program. Through the program, social enterprises and not for profits can now apply for $50,000 grants to help them kickstart their innovative ideas.

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CSR Leadership with BHP Billiton


Business strategy has, in recent years, leaned towards corporate social responsibility (or CSR). This is not only because there are many benefits that a company can gain from it—such as attracting employees, cutting costs and building customer loyalty—but also because this type of approach can help pave the way for a more resilient society and habitable planet. Although it is true that CSR cannot solve all of the world's problems, by instilling an ethical corporate culture through good business practises, it can have a considerable impact on both society and business.

By focusing on short and long-term goals, numerous businesses have embarked in environment and/or community projects. But it has been BHP Billiton's staggering actions that have placed it among the leading CSR companies in Australia. Through partnerships with non-governmental organisations, collaborations with third-world companies to meet environmental challenges, and contributions to disaster-affected communities, BHP Billiton has strived for social responsibility.

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Australian Woman Named Global CSR Leader

Emerald Araiza & World CSR Congress

At Giva, we like to recognise not only organisations dedicated to corporate social responsibility (CSR), but also their leaders who work to make the world a better place. Emerald Araiza, a CSR strategist, is one of many Australians committed to advocating for social change both nationally and globally, and she was recently recognised for her accomplishments at the 2016 World CSR Congress.

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CSR: Getting Started

Getting Started with CSR Corporate Social Responsibility

If you work at a business that has recently begun to focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR), then first of all, congratulations! You are now part of an international movement toward creating better businesses and a healthier world. According to Wikipedia, CSR is "a company's sense of responsibility towards the community and environment (both ecological and social) in which it operates". Through CSR efforts, businesses like the Newmont Mining Corporation and the ABC have made major contributions to social issues, such as human rights and environmental sustainability.

Committing to CSR enables businesses to make a difference in the world community, but it can also open up a world of questions. First and foremost is the question of where to begin. There is no right or wrong way to start a CSR campaign, but here is a list of five suggestions to assist you:

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Innovative Business Models for Not for Profits Conference

2nd Annual Innovative Business Models for Not for Profits in Australia

The 2nd Annual Innovative Business Models for Not for Profits conference will take place at the Radisson Blu in Sydney 11th-13th May of this year. The event's host, Akolade, is known for organising various conferences, professional training programmes, interactive seminars, and large-scale summits that address issues such as the environment, oil and gas, mining, law and finance.

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