Corporate Social Responsibility
Making good choices is part of our DNA
ENGIE is committed to conducting business sustainably and responsibly, and we partner with leading organisations in the areas of education, environment and community to make meaningful and long-lasting contributions where we live and work.
We aim to play a positive role in the communities in which we operate because our people are an integral part of those communities, not separate from them.
We seek to deliver tangible benefits through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, with a particular focus on developing young people and maintaining our legacy of community-based support in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
Major Partner – FareShare
FareShare rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and cooks it into free nutritious meals for people in need. FareShare tackles this challenge head on by rescuing surplus, quality food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers and other businesses and cooking it into nutritious meals.
With the support of ENGIE, FareShare delivers more than 90,000 meals annually across the Latrobe Valley and greater Gippsland region, through 13 local distribution agencies such as soup vans, homeless shelters, women’s refuges and community food banks. It does so with the help of 900 regular volunteers, and there are always opportunities for our people to volunteer time and help prepare food at FareShare’s industrial scale kitchen in Abbotsford, Victoria.
FareShare helps avoid food waste and diverts surplus, edible food from landfill. This reduces greenhouse pollution and ensures food produced for humans reaches those who need it most.
Major Partner – Operation Flinders
Operation Flinders runs exercises in the far northern Flinders Ranges for young people at risk. The exercises accommodate up to 100 participants, who trek more than 100 kms over eight days.
The program takes young men and women aged 14 to 18 out of their everyday environment and helps to rebuild their confidence and people skills through positive experience and achievement.
Through participation in the program, participants gain credit towards their Year 11 and 12 South Australian Certificate of Education under the banner of Recognition of Community Learning and have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Youth Leadership program.
Major Partner – The Smith Family
The Smith Family is the largest Australian children’s education charity helping disadvantaged young Australians to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves.
A key way The Smith Family supports children in need is through Learning for Life. This program helps them to participate more fully in their education through a three-step approach. Financial, practical and emotional support aids in their educational journey throughout their school years.
ENGIE supports 90 student scholarships, split across schools in or near our Kwinana power station in WA, Port Adelaide (Pelican Point), and the Latrobe Valley (Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project).
The Smith Family believes all children and young people deserve dreams to hope for, ambitions to reach for and the chance to make these happen. They aim to create opportunities for young Australians in need to do so.
ENGIE ANZ supports a select number of partnerships with whom we have had a long-standing relationship and whose work impacts on community resilience, education and environment.
Gippsland Power Football Club – we currently support the Club’s youth leadership and development program and have been involved with GPFC for more than 20 years.
The ICE Meltdown Project – we support this non-residential ICE detox program, based in Drouin, Victoria. The program supports clients battling ICE addiction in the Latrobe Valley and analysis of the program’s results show a much higher success rate than for residential, high cost, ‘semi-commercial’ alternative programs.
Gippsland Swimming – we support a range of programs from a basic swim school to elite development across Latrobe Valley/Gippsland. This professional organisation has a long history of youth development achievement.
Balvidis Children’s Forest – we support this 49-hectare public reserve located about 50km south of Perth, managed for the conservation of native plants and animals. During the past 12 years, the local children and volunteers have helped the park develop from an old farm pasture block to a popular amenity that they now manage in partnership with the City of Rockingham.
Kempe (Read the Play) – we support this mental health literacy program designed for the junior levels of sports clubs. It imparts information about mental illness through engaging young players and helping to remove the stigma of mental health issues to increase help-seeking behaviour. We have partnered with Read the Play to expand their program into the Mt Gambier and Millicent areas of South Australia where our Snuggery peaking plant and Canunda Wind Farm are located.