02 November 2010
1 min read

We have donated more than $1 million back into the community over the last ten years, after distributing $124,941 in our 2010 community grants program

The 2010 round of our program sees donations ranging from $2,000 to $30,000 distributed to 22 charities and environmental groups across Australia.

The largest of these grants were received by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

The $30,000 grant to the Tasmanian Land Conservancy will assist in the purchase of Skullbone Plains, a largely pristine wilderness property near Lake St Clair in Tasmania. The property was recommended in 1990 as being worthy of inclusion in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and contains endangered and unique flora and fauna. Skullbone Plains was previously destined to be logged.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) will use their $30,000 grant to fund a co-ordinator for their law program. The ASRC Human Rights Law Program has provided legal assistance to over 5000 asylum seekers since 2001. The ASRC has won 83% of all legal cases it has taken on.

We donate 10% of company profit each year to the community grants program. This is one of the highest levels of corporate giving in Australia.

“I’m pleased Australian Ethical’s business success means we can continue to assist worthy causes such as protecting Australia’s unique wilderness areas and supporting asylum seekers in establishing their lives in Australia”, said Managing Director Phil Vernon.

“It’s also pleasing for us to support many grassroots organisations around Australia for whom our grants make such a big difference in allowing them to achieve their goals.

“Australian Ethical continues to set the benchmark for corporate giving. We hope in future other companies will make the same commitment to giving something back to community.”