The Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership ('the Partnership') will be extended to enable the Partnership to further promote corporate and individual social responsibility in Australia.
The Partnership has consistently promoted and raised current issues related to social responsibility in Australia over the last five years. The Partnership is a unique convergence of leaders from the business and community sectors, with Government. The Partnership seeks ideas and provides advice to Government on:
- key social issues where the social coalition can contribute to better community outcomes;
- increasing the level of funds available to communities through individual and corporate donations;
- encouraging business and communities to work together to address local issues through partnership activity; and
- encouraging corporate social responsibility.
Over the last five years, the Partnership has provided the Government with invaluable advice on a range of issues, from how to promote a greater culture of philanthropy in Australia, to how to maximise workforce participation for older people.
The Partnership is best known for promoting partnerships by jointly hosting the annual Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships. A national brokerage service has been established to facilitate community business partnerships, targeting small and medium organisations.
Corporate responsibility has been promoted through publications, conferences, regional seminars and special resources – for example, the Partnership's website. In addition, the Partnership is running a National Corporate Social Responsibility Essay competition for students, to encourage our next generation of leaders to consider these issues.
1 July 2005.
Total Financial Impact
$12.9 million over three years to June 2008.