In 2018–19 Suncorp invested $9.2 million in our communities, including $7.5 million in cash contributions and $780,974 in management costs to support community programs. This also included paid volunteer leave for 1,951 of our people to the value of $838,025.
Suncorp's Community Investment Strategy focuses on making a positive impact on the most material social issues facing Suncorp, specifically financial resilience, social resilience and natural hazard resilience. Over time we aim to transition more of Suncorp’s community investment to support these areas.
Suncorp's employee giving program, Brighter Futures, inspires and enables our employees to make a difference on the issues they care about. Each year Suncorp commits $1 million to match our employees’ donations, fundraising, crowdfunding and volunteering efforts. This year Suncorp matched $703,000 of the money and time our employees have personally raised and given.
In 2018-19 Suncorp supported a range of local community partners, selected by our employees across Australia and New Zealand. These are based on the prevalent social issues impacting the communities in which we work and live, including domestic violence, mental health, homelessness and childhood health.
Through our partnerships with YellowBridge Queensland and Helping Young People Achieve, Suncorp people provided safe housing to 17 young people at risk of homelessness in Queensland and South Australia.
Across Australia and New Zealand, Suncorp people enabled 2,070 victims of domestic violence to receive support and counselling through our partnerships with Zephyr Education, Coast Shelter, Shine and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. They also worked in partnership with White Ribbon to educate young Queenslanders about healthy relationships.
In Victoria and Western Australia, Suncorp people brightened the lives of 1,120 seriously ill children and their families through our partnerships with Starlight Children’s Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Western Australia.
Through their partnership with Mental Health Association Queensland, Suncorp people provided mental health education sessions to more than 200 Queenslanders.
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North Queensland flood support
To support communities affected by the north Queensland floods, Suncorp donated $200,000 to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Red Cross emergency services played a critical role in managing five evacuation centres, conducting community outreach and offering psychological first aid. Suncorp’s donation will be used to help community recovery efforts over the long-term.
A further $19,266 was donated by our people to the Red Cross Fund, including matched giving from Suncorp.
In August 2018, Suncorp made a donation of $50,000 to the Red Cross Drought Appeal to support Aussie farmers doing it tough. We also offer our financial relief package to impacted agribusiness customers, providing them with flexible finance options during what has been one of the driest periods in Australia’s history.
In response to the devastating attacks on two Christchurch mosques in March 2019, Suncorp donated $50,000 to St John New Zealand in recognition of the outstanding work of their emergency services personnel, and to support their on-going health-related services
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*16,536 hours volunteered by our people: Based on paid employee volunteer time