Corporate Social Responsibility
Citywide has a proud history of providing services and support to the communities in which we operate and where our employees live, work and play. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility Program, we are committed to providing shared value for our host communities, our customers and our business. Our approach to corporate & social responsibility is framed by four key issues of concern to our customers and their community constituents:
– Education, Training and Jobs
– Environment & Sustainability
– Homelessness, Social Justice and Well-being
– Youth Opportunities
We are proud to support and partner with community organisations that are addressing such critical social issues. As a services company, we pride ourselves on maintaining and enhancing community assets and being actively involved in local communities; engaging with them to make positive social changes.
Through our Community Engagement Framework, we partner with selected social enterprises, charities and not-for-profits who share our corporate values and who are strategically placed to help solve the key issues of concern to our customers. Click through to view our current partner social procurement and community organisations (opens in new window).
At Citywide, our staff proactively contribute over and above the day job to the wellbeing of their local communities and other social concerns further afield. This support varies from community to community and is demonstrated in a variety of ways, including the provision of paid leave for staff to volunteer with a community concern.
Financial Support & Matched Funding
Citywide proudly supports selected not-for-profits, charities and social enterprises with in-kind pro bono services, products and support. We also provide financial support to several partners to support them in meeting their strategic objectives, including matching funding from individual staff fundraising efforts.
Diversity & Inclusion
Having a social licence to operate is integral to our shared value approach with the community and all our stakeholders, with the common goal of fostering greater social cohesion. This supports our commitment to promoting diversity, equality and inclusion across our company without discrimination and we actively seek to create employment opportunities for the economically disadvantaged, disabled, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) communities and indigenous interests.
This policy covers all operational and administrative offices and sites of Citywide and subsidiaries such as Technigro. It also takes into account the company’s capabilities and capacity to resource (staff, financial; operational; equipment, etc.).
Citywide and its subsidiaries including Technigro are committed to responsible sourcing practices.
We regularly review our operations and supply chains with the aim of ensuring that we, our suppliers and third-party business partners operate without infringing human rights. We do not tolerate any form of modern slavery practices including child or forced labour.
To help us achieve our aim, if you become aware of any related concerns, we encourage you to let us know by contacting us through this website (click through to Contact page).
Our goal is to minimise our environmental footprint and to inspire and equip our people with ‘world’s best’ sustainability standards to effectively manage the environmental aspects of our operations, whilst ensuring continuous improvement and zero harm to the environment and communities in which we work.
We use a market leading environmental data management platform to manage and monitor energy usage and costs across all of our operations. The data allows us to monitor our carbon generation and provides us with information to evaluate initiatives developed and implemented to reduce our carbon footprint.
We are also a foundation partner in the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP). Through this program - led by our parent the City of Melbourne Council - we will purchase renewable energy through a wind farm being constructed for the MREP in regional Victoria.
Citywide Asphalt Group powers up renewable energy deal
Citywide Asphalt Group has joined several prominent Melbourne businesses and universities in securing a multi-million-dollar deal to power their operations using renewable wind energy.
The second Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP2) purchasing group of seven large energy users includes Citywide Asphalt Group, Fulton Hogan, RMIT University, Deakin University, Cbus Property, ISPT and Mondelez International.
The new MREP2 deal means 14 shopping centres, nine office buildings, seven educational campuses, and four manufacturing facilities – including Citywide Asphalt Group’s production plants in North Melbourne and Laverton – will be powered by renewable wind energy.
“Being a foundation member of the second Melbourne Renewable Energy Project is consistent with our strategy to develop a leadership position on sustainability and innovation,” said Chris Campbell, Chairman of the Citywide Asphalt Group Joint Venture (a joint Venture between Citywide and Fulton Hogan).
“Sustainability is a fundamental part of our social licence to operate and is about being responsible and accountable to our stakeholders and the communities we serve.”
The second Melbourne Renewable Energy Project was projected to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 123,000 tonnes a year, equivalent of taking more than 28,000 cars off the road every year, said Chris.
The purchasing agreement starts next month and most of the wind power will be produced at the Yaloak South Wind Farm near Ballan, with the remaining energy coming from other wind farm projects in regional Victoria.
Tango Energy will provide 110 GWh of renewable electricity per year to the purchasing group over 10 years.
City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood said MREP1 and MREP2 represented the equivalent of a five per cent reduction in the city’s emissions and a tangible shift towards renewable energy in the national grid.
“Renewable energy investments can and should play a significant role in supporting our economic recovery from COVID-19,” Cr Wood said.
“The purchase of renewable energy certainly has a positive environmental impact, but it also makes economic sense. We know the energy market can fluctuate a lot. Like MREP1, the MREP2 project allows the buying group to lock in price certainty.
“It’s also a significant step towards our goal for all of Melbourne to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.”
(All photos courtesy Pacific Hydro)
Simon Mossman - Group Corporate Communications
M 0427 307 216
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