2012 was a big year for social impact in the Australian practice of Bain & Company. Australian Bainies dug deep for their community in many different ways, including:
- Donating more than $110k to partner charities through workplace giving
- Climbing mountains, cycling long distances and growing facial hair to raise nearly another $30k
- Dedicating consulting resources to complete nine pro bono cases
The year finished on a high note with Community Impact Day, when the entire Australian practice shut down for a day in December to work with charities and community groups across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. This year was our biggest year yet, with 18 projects carried out across the three offices for 14 different charities.
In Sydney, we ran fundraising strategy workshops to help further the efforts of Mission Australia and the Buttery as they provide assistance to people living in poverty and those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. We helped Inspire Foundation develop a plan to expand their resources to help at-risk youth, and worked with WWF to size the market for green energy use by Australian households. Sydney Bainies also played with rescue animals at Sutherland Animal Shelter, wrapped presents for underprivileged children, helped out at a working bee at a local public school, and cleaned up the iconic Manly beach – both above and below the water by scuba diving to collect debris from the ocean floor.
In Melbourne, Bainies worked with disadvantaged students at a local high school to help with their career planning, developed a recycling partnership program for WWF, and helped the Peter Mac Cancer Centre develop a succession plan to protect the future of the charity. We also worked with Karrad-Kandji Trust to develop a business plan to conserve the wetlands in Arnhem land. Melbourne Bainies also collected rubbish from the famous St Kilda Beach and helped the Royal Botanic Gardens to regenerate part of their grounds.
The Melbourne office has also begun to roll out a social return on investment project for Whitelion, which works with young people in contact with the Juvenile Justice system in Victoria. This project is the continuation of a relationship that began with the New South Wales branch of the charity, and we’re thrilled to be able to use the same approach to help the Victorian branch.
For the first time we were also able to work with St Bartholemew’s House in Perth, where Bainies helped to bring Christmas cheer to homeless people with a hot lunch and Christmas hampers.
It was inspiring to work alongside such a large group of fellow Bainies to make an immediate impact in our community – and was a great way to end the year. As we now turn our efforts to 2013, we hope to continue building on the strong partnerships that have been formed and to raise our impact even higher.