The Ausenco Foundation aims to make a positive and sustainable difference to the people in the communities in which we live and work.
Through the generosity of Ausenco Limited and our people, we seek to work with communities to improve their conditions in a sustainable way.
Our focus is on providing a hand-up, not a hand-out:
- We aim to help improve the opportunities and outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities because we recognise that children do not have any choice in the situation into which they are born
- We use our expertise and resources to help improve the health and safety of communities in which we live and work because we believe zero harm is possible and that everyone should be able to return home healthy and safe every day
- We also use our expertise and resources to help improve community infrastructure in locations where the benefits will continue long after we’ve helped the community bring them to fruition
- Unfortunately natural disasters like earthquakes and floods have and may impact our communities again, so we will also seek to support relief efforts in these circumstances.
The involvement of our people and the local community are essential elements of any Ausenco Foundation initiatives. It’s our way of giving back through our time and other resources.
In any community there are many, many worthy charitable causes, but unfortunately we cannot assist them all. For this reason, we do not provide funding for unsolicited requests for sponsorship or donations. We are also quite specific in which initiatives we will support.
We operate under the Ausenco corporate values, and in addition, we:
- Aim for sustainable, fair and equitable solutions that address the root causes and symptoms of poverty and disadvantage
- Build creative and trusting relationships with the communities in which we work
- Respect and protect human rights including civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights
- Do not support individuals or organisations associated with terrorism, child sex tourism or any other unlawful activities.
Some of our current and previous initiatives
- In 2014, the Ausenco Foundation and the British Columbia Institute of Technology Foundation launched the Aboriginal Trades Bank Initiative to help support Aboriginal students engaged in trades training. Funded by an initial $5,000 donation, the bank will provide eligible aboriginal trades students with up to $500 each to help pay for school-related expenses such as certifications and licenses, tutoring, books and manuals, personal protective equipment and fees.
- The Ausenco Foundation donated CA$17,000 to Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2014. The gift will go towards supporting Habitat for Humanity builds in Calgary, Halifax and Vancouver between August and October 2014. As part of the builds, Ausenco personnel will work alongside Habitat for Humanity volunteers and partner families to build housing for low-income families.
- In July 2014, the Ausenco Foundation continued its support for three university engineering students through The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. Our co-sponsorship helped two students in Brisbane and one in Perth with their studies.
- In June 2014, the Ausenco Foundation continued its support for the SIES Pragnya Vision Centre in Mumbai, committing to another year of support for visually challenged students.
- In June 2014, the Ausenco Foundation continued its support of Buk bilong Pikinini's Hohola library in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, supporting children with visual, hearing and other disabilities learn basic numeracy and literacy skills.
- In May 2014, the Ausenco Foundation and our employees together raised $11,312 for the BC Children's Hospital by participating in the Mining for Miracles Teck Celebrity Pie Throw in Vancouver, Canada.
- In May 2014, the Ausenco Foundation began a partnership with Books in Homes Australia to run their program with primary level students at Durack State School in Brisbane (Australia) and St Gerard's Primary School in Westminster (Western Australia).
- In 2014, the Ausenco Foundation is proudly partnering with Base Titanium to provide a multi-purpose hall for the Magaoni Secondary School in Kenya to support the students and surrounding communities. Read the full story here.
- In 2014 the Ausenco Foundation is proud to provide financial and volunteer support to the "Partnership for a Greener Future" program which will improve outdoor play spaces in a number of childcare centres in downtown Vancouver, Canada; and importantly, teach the children about growing and eating healthy foods, recycling, food composting and the impact their actions have on the environment around them.
- In January 2014, the Ausenco Foundation provided a CA$4,795 donation to the Canadian Red Cross for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. This was a dollar-to-dollar match of donations made by Canadian employees which helped raise $9,590 for the cause.
- During November 2013, more than 140 children from Chilloroya, a community located near the Constancia Project in Peru, participated in Values Leadership Workshops. During the sessions, the children learned about the importance of preserving the values that belong to the place where they live and study, assuming leadership and reinforcing their self-esteem. The Ausenco Foundation provided the necessary funds to coordinate the support of WAAIME, our main partner, in developing the workshops. This initiative also involved our client HUDBAY, who took part helping in the logistics, together with our contractors Concretos Supermix (concrete) and Newcrest (catering).
- In November 2013, the Ausenco Foundation provided scholarships to 14 students in El Cerrillo, a rural community located 150 kms from Santiago, Chile. The current and former students from Rural School Huilquío, were recognised for their academic excellence with financial support that will allow them to continue their secondary education.
- In November 2013, the Foundation began a partnership with Sarvodaya Parivar Trust in India to help build 17 “check dams” to help disadvantaged communities in rural areas develop sustainable agriculture, water and growing fodder for cattle and to help minimise crops being washed away in the wet season. Our contribution will help around 2,550 people.
- In mid-2013, the Foundation began a partnership with the Pragnya Vision Centre, Mumbai (part of the South Indian Education Society) to help visually challenged students advance their secondary education.
- In mid-2013, the foundation began a partnership with Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) to support the "Hohola" library in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), which provides assistance to more than 200 disabled children. The Foundation's funding will also help the BbP librarians develop a disability awareness and education program which will be rolled out to BbP's other 13 libraries across PNG.
- In June 2013, the Foundation continued its support of university engineering students through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. Our co-sponsorships will help two students in Brisbane and one in Perth with their studies.
- In May 2013, the Ausenco Foundation was pleased to support the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia, Canada. As part of the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw, Ausenco employees’ generous donations were matched by the Ausenco Foundation and combined with an anonymous donation to provide a CAD$25,000 total from ‘team Ausenco’. The funds raised were used to purchase an Institutional Pediatric BioBank at the Child and Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital.
- In May 2013, the Foundation funded an elementary school outreach program in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. Led by Lily Louie and supported by other Ausenco volunteers, the program introduced elementary school students to engineering and science through interactive presentations held as part of full-day sessions at local schools. High school student volunteers gained some leadership experience by working with younger children.
- In April 2013, the Foundation provided CA$5,000 to Habitat for Humanity in Vancouver, British Columbia. A group of employees volunteered their time to help install siding and help with landscaping.
- In April 2013 the Foundation donated a selection of required text and fictional books to the Pumanque Library in Chile, further developing our partnership with one of the small towns badly damaged in the 2010 earthquake.
- In November 2012 the Foundation donated US$2,500 to Angel Flight West in California, United States, to help the non-profit, volunteer organisation provide free air travel for children with serious medical conditions.
- In November 2012 the Foundation was pleased to donate AU$7,000 to help three university students in Australia achieve their dreams through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program.
- In November 2012 the Foundation donated AU$7,500 to the Wesley Research Institute’s Clinical Trials Centre for the upgrade of the Centre’s Clinical Management System.
- In 2012 we were again proud to be Pit-Stop sponsors for the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). This epic, two day ride, raised more than $5.2 million in much needed funds for the great work being done at QIMR. For more information please visit www.conquercancer.org.au
- Over the past few years we supported appeals such as the Victoria bushfires and Queensland floods in Australia, and the Haiti, Samoa and Sumatra tsunami and earthquakes.
- To support our colleagues and their communities in Chile, we helped rebuild the library in Pumanque, Chile, after the major earthquake in 2010 and continue to support that community today.
In the coming months we plan to engage our people around the world and become more active in the regions in which we work.
With a focus on development and children, we will be supporting initiatives including education programs for disadvantaged children; improving the health and safety of community child care facilities; helping transport young people to medical appointments; and supporting the clinical trials for a leading medical research institute.
And that’s only the beginning. The Ausenco Foundation will continue to help build stronger communities by supporting community development initiatives in the years to come.