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Community contribution
Corporate Citizenship –
Energy for Life
AGL’s community citizenship program,
Energy for Life
, seeks to make
a genuine contribution to the wider community.
Approach
AGL’s Corporate Citizenship Program
Energy for Life
takes an
integrated approach to link employees with community and charity
organisations important to AGL and our people through three
core initiatives:
>> Employee Giving
>> Employee Volunteering
>> Strategic Partnerships
A key measure of success and engagement with the
Energy for Life
program is the value of the community contribution arising from
employee participation in Employee Volunteering and Employee
Giving initiatives, reported annually (page 45). This is provided
in addition to the direct investments made through AGL’s strategic
partnerships in FY2012 through the Warmth in Winter program.
In FY2012, AGL undertook a significant revitalisation of the
Energy for Life
program, in particular, looking closely at AGL’s
strategic partnerships. The review was conducted with the
objectives of developing an evidence based approach to corporate
citizenship, to better leverage AGL’s core business functions and
to respond effectively to emerging sustainability risks.
In conducting the revitalisation, AGL drew on employee surveys,
external stakeholder consultation, the latest research from AGL’s
Economic Policy and Sustainability group on customer hardship and
an assessment of emerging sustainability risks to the business and
the industry.
Drawing on these inputs, AGL made a strategic decision to shift the
focus from homelessness in ongoing strategic partnerships, to more
of an holistic approach with a focus on early intervention through
the development of new partnerships with community organisations
addressing financial hardship.
Three new long-term partnerships, initially spanning a five to six
year period, have been formed with The Smith Family, St Vincent
de Paul and Cancer Council Australia to target three phases of
intervention: prevention and education, intervention and capacity
building and crisis support. Partnerships with The Smith Family and
St Vincent de Paul have also focused support on a geographic basis
to ‘at risk’ suburbs identified by AGL economic research. (See AGL
Applied Economic and Policy Research and Working Paper No. 31
at aglblog.com.au)
Taking steps towards a social return on investment measurement of
our program, AGL places a high value on strengthening the body of
knowledge around the impact of the partnerships. As a result, AGL
will also be dedicating funding in the coming year to support The
Smith Family in the longitudinal tracking of students’ progression
after leaving the
Learning for Life
child sponsorship program.
More details on
Energy for Life
can be found at
agl.com.au/about/Sustainability/EnergyForLife/Pages/
EnergyForLife.aspx