Deloitte Australia

Deloitte Australia has been selected as an ABA100 Winner for Community Contribution in The Australian Business Awards 2019. The Australian Business Award for Community Contribution [CCA] recognises organisations that implement initiatives that have a positive impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit.

As one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, Deloitte Australia provides audit, tax, consulting, economics, financial advisory, human capital, legal, operations, private clients, risk, strategy and technology services through 9,000 people across the country in: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Western Sydney. We also have an office in Papua New Guinea.

The Australian partnership of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is committed to growth, client service, its people and communities – 790 partners and more than 8000 people located in 14 offices across the country. Deloitte Australia achieved record revenues of A$2.013 billion for FY18 – a 15 percent increase on FY17, and the fourth successive year of 15 percent revenue growth.

Deloitte is the number one employer-of-choice for graduates as named by Gradconnection, an employer-of-choice for women as recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and the only professional services firm in the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) Top Ten list (prior to the ACCSR joining Deloitte’s Risk Advisory team. Deloitte is committed to driving Australia’s STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – IQ, partnering with LifeJourney to mentor students on Day of STEM, an online platform providing students the opportunity to interact with STEM leaders.

Deloitte’s commitment to being a responsible business is a key leadership priority. In FY18, the firm was proud to have invested $25.6m in its communities through pro bono work and donations, as well as hands-on and skilled volunteering. This community investment is achieved in large part, through working strategically with our national community partners and, in particular, our strong connection with Oxfam Australia.

Deloitte Australia has a rigorous program of national community partnerships. These partnerships are at the heart of the firm’s corporate social responsibility agenda. Deloitte works closely and in depth with each of these not for profit organisations on a local and national basis. While each partnership may be seen as one overarching initiative, they are made up of many separate but interlinked initiatives to form a kind of social impact ecosystem that becomes far more than the sum of its parts.

Deloitte’s longest standing national community partner is Oxfam Australia. Oxfam Australia is the local arm of Oxfam International, the EUR 1 billion international confederation operating across 90 countries to fight for a just world without poverty. In FY 2018, Oxfam Australia directly reached more than 1.7 million people in 29 countries. In partnership with its affiliates, Oxfam reached 13.1 million people affected by disaster or conflict worldwide.

In 2019, Deloitte is celebrating its 20th anniversary of making an impact that matters with Oxfam Australia. Since 1999, Deloitte has collaborated closely with the not-for-profit organisation in the development and humanitarian sector to make a positive and enduring impact through Oxfam’s mission to create a just world without poverty. The structure and depth of this two-decade relationship has resulted in an impressive track-record of social impact achievements ranging from fundraising millions of dollars to upskilling people in disadvantaged communities. This relationship is a shining example of Deloitte’s explicitly purpose-led culture.

Deloitte’s 20-year National Community Partnership with Oxfam Australia is designed to enable the firm and its people to gain knowledge about and connection to the importance of solving major global problems. This aligns with Deloitte’s purpose to make an impact that matters in our communities. The firm believes its people are enriched by having a purpose beyond profits.

Deloitte’s 20-year partnership with Oxfam has progressed ever more successfully each year since 1999. The CEO of Oxfam Dr Helen Szoke attributes the success of the partnership to the sense of purpose and shared values held by each organisation. It is a connection based on deep relationships. “The partnership with Deloitte is absolutely integral to our work. It’s been a long partnership, a happy marriage,” says Dr Helen Szoke AO Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia.

The Australian Business Awards are an annual comprehensive awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of established business and product award categories.

The Australian Business Awards are the national chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership initiative conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.

The process culminates in the selection of organisations which implement world-class business initiatives, projects, products and services. The award recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.

Organisational eligibility 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.

Organisations are required to complete a submission for a specific business initiative, product or service.

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

Products can include but are not limited to services, devices, equipment, programs, processes, activities, applications, information, knowledge, software, cloud-based services, platforms, systems and manufactured goods. Products must be commercially available on the Australian market and comply with all applicable Australian standards and regulatory requirements. Product eligibility includes domestic and international products available to the Australian marketplace.

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 demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement are recognised via a set of established business and product award categories.

The program provides a notable opportunity for high-performing organisations which implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services to be acknowledged and celebrated for their achievements both nationally and internationally.

Conducted annually, the program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework.

The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige.

Deloitte’s 20-year National Community Partnership with Oxfam Australia – which we affectionately describe as “a happy marriage” – enables us to learn about and meaningfully engage with Oxfam to address major global problems. This aligns with Deloitte’s purpose to make an impact that matters in our communities. We believe our people are enhanced by having a purpose beyond profits.

Rob Collie, Responsible Business Leader and Chair of The Deloitte Foundation, Deloitte Australia