22 April 2014

The recruitment industry: Giving back in a big way

Three months ago, in InSight 315, I mentioned the great fundraising and community work that a handful of recruitment agencies undertake. I invited readers to advise me of any other recruitment agencies doing great in this areas. A handful of people responded.

Here is brief summary of what I received (I have edited much of what was sent to me for the sake of brevity):


Across ANZ

In 2013 we launch our corporate giving program 'PowerGiving' which allows employees to donate pre tax $ to selected charities and donations are matched by the company - our target this year is $40k+ collectively. Our charities of choice are Dress for Success, Red Cross Migrant Program, Social Ventures Australia and Beyond Blue - all support employment and education which relates to our corporate values.


Dress for Success NZ - on the 19th March we held a Charity Auction in Wellington with the aim to raise $30k plus (over and above our Corporate giving target). Red Cross - we are currently providing staff volunteers to support Red Cross Appeal across NZ in March and providing education as specified.

In Australia

Dress for Success - ManpowerGroup has developed training programs for disadvantage women to support up-skilling - the program will be run over an 8 week period 3 times a year. We have also committed to running a Job club with volunteers every month.

Beyond Blue - 2014 ManpowerGroup has committed to education all SLT, HR and all levels of Management on the effects of Stress and Anxiety to increase awareness, acceptance and support.

Red Cross - We have committed to and started education sessions with the Migrant Services and Trafficked teams to help eligible candidates find meaningful work. We are also providing a monthly team of volunteers to support the ‘Telecross' program which on a daily basis calls over 7000 elderly people or carers who are at risk especially if they are living on their own. We also run a blood giving competition nationally.


MedRecruit funds Machine Gun Preacher, Sam Childers (there is a movie by the same name starring Gerard Butler that you may have seen) who leads missions to rescue Sudanese children from the atrocities of the Lord's Resistance Army. The first funding has made two rescue missions happen. Here's a link to the MedRecruit blog about the story.

Victorian Nurse Specialists

VNS Trekers entered in the Sydney Coastrek and trekked for endless hours and up to 100km along the Sydney coastline between 28th February and 1st March 2014 to raise funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation. All funds go towards supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation's sight-restoring work to change lives.

Watts Next

Wattsnext is committed to raising a total of $30,620.15 for Beyond Blue, an Australian non-profit organization which aims to increase awareness and improve the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and related mental disorders.

Armstrong Personnel

We donate $100 to any of our working candidates that are raising funds for a special charity so anything from Mother's Day Classic to Around the Bay bike ride.

We support Movember with one of our consultant's participating each year and Armstrong contribute.

We always take a table at WaterAid Ball (10 X $440) plus donation of $500. We go as a team and don't use it as a marketing or client event; it is just about having some fun and raising funds.

We participate in the Mothers Day Classic as a company with our families.

We have a team of 3 in the End Cancer Walk and have been sponsored by Advance Pet. Armstrong are donating to this as well as giving support with training and fundraising.

Clicks IT Recruitment

For the last 7 years Clicks has sponsored one of the largest teams in Run for the Kids, an event that supports the Royal Children's Hospital. Clicks invites its staff, contractors, clients and their families to participate, providing Team Clicks t-shirts, race packs, and brekky vouchers. Team Clicks, with over 700 runners, has donated over $25,000 to the Royal Children's Hospital.

Similar to Run for the Kids, Clicks supports the Heart Foundation in the same way in Canberra, sponsoring a corporate team each year since 2010 in the Canberra Times Fun Run.

Each year we hold the Fenton Cup, a charity golf day for our clients in Victoria that raises funds which are donated to the Cancer Council of Victoria.

Clicks' Managing Director, Ben Wood, participated in the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout to assist more than 100,000 Australians who find themselves homeless each night of the year. Ben was extremely proud to raise over $8000 for the cause.

Our Chairman, Tony Beddison AO, is Chairman of the Prince's Charities Australia and a Director of the Australian War Memorial ANZAC Foundation. From 2004 to 2012 he was Chairman of the Royal Children's Hospital, Director of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and Director of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Clicks financially supports the time Tony spends on his many philanthropic enterprises.

Johnson Recruitment

CEO, Barry Vienet will be participating in his 4th St Vinnie's CEO Sleepout to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness in Australia.


In 2014 everyone in Hays in Australia voted on our chosen charity and selected Beyond Blue, so we have committed all our fundraising efforts to their cause through to May 2015.

There are already a lot of plans in place for 2014 including golf days with raffles and silent auctions, annual trivia and outdoor cinema nights planned, but the majority of funds are raised by employees doing individual stunts and sporting events or simple things such as baking great cakes and selling them! Any dollars raised are matched by Hays.

We have a charity committee made up of all levels of people across the country and they plan, run and manage the events in their local regions. Our intranet is updated monthly with the running total so all can see how we are progressing to our targets.

We do the same thing in every country (different charities). Just over £200,000 was raised globally last financial year.

The Sir David Martin Foundation, a non-profit that helps homeless and disadvantaged people, benefited from working with the Hays Advanced Management Program (and vice versa) in the past few years.

Talent Nation

Talent Nation just obtained B Corporation certification, joining a community of 950 organisations globally and 19 in Australia. The mantra is people using business as a force for good but it is effectively recognising organisations that have been established with more than just profit in mind.

You are assessed on your impact on the environment, community, governance and how you treat your staff and although we have qualified, it demonstrates that we still have a way to go. There are some high profile companies on-board such as Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's and Etsy and the first Australian listed company has just been accredited.

Thank you to everybody who responded and a big congratulations from me for all the superb work you are doing to make the world a better place.

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