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The Australian Business Award for Community Contribution recognises organisations for initiatives that positively impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit.

[testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” random=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”Dominique Lyone, CEO” avatar=”none” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”Complete Office Supplies” link=”” target=”_self”]“‘COS is honoured to be recognised as an ABA100 Winner for Community Contribution.

When I moved to Australia from Egypt with my family in the 1960’s we would not have survived if it weren’t for the support of charities like St Vincent de Paul. Australia has been very kind to our family.

As a legacy of this we formed the Lyone Foundation to which ‘COS contribute a significant percent of our profits each year. The foundation has the aim of donating $1 million a year to charities who assist Australians in need, it’s our way of sharing our success with those facing challenging times. This award is also shared with our staff and customers as by working and engaging with ‘COS they too have contributed to the Foundation’s success.

While giving back to the community is its own reward we are truly humbled to be recognised in this way.”[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10″ bottom_margin=”10″ sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””]

Complete Office Supplies (COS) is a national workplace products supplier. With over 350 employees, COS offers an extensive range of products and services to Government and medium to large corporate businesses across Australia.

The culture of giving is vibrant at COS. The Lyone family and staff have a long history of giving back to the community through events, fundraisers, programs and donations to charities over many years. One of the key prerequisites of these efforts is to support causes that give direct and immediate benefit to Australian welfare. A common theme amongst COS staff’s compassionate endeavours is the welfare of disadvantaged Australians such as the homeless and those whose basic human needs are not being met.

Always setting bold goals, COS created the idea of a self-funding, long-term legacy to give back to the Australian community for as many generations as possible. COS then created the Lyone Foundation, which has the ultimate goal of contributing $1 million to Australian charities each year. The Lyone family wished to give back to the country that welcomed them and support charities that help other Australians during challenging times. Each year, the directors individually choose a charity they would like to support and the committee members nominate two to three charities. The chosen charities report back on the performance and results of the selected program or project. Many of these reports include moving stories and testimonials of the positive changes experienced in the lives of the beneficiaries. The Lyone Foundation provides an Annual Update shared with COS staff and customers alike including details, photos and quotes from those who benefited and also from charity staff who witness the effects of their donation.

Whilst the Foundation is still in its infancy, the gathering of funds in excess of $3 million in under three years and the effective application of grants by charities clearly demonstrates the strong performance of the foundation. Likewise, the value it has brought to COS staff and its customers is worthy of commendation. COS has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner for Community Contribution in The Australian Business Awards 2016.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.

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