VicSuper places an important focus on the environmental, social and economic impacts of operating their business in a sustainable way.
Community Connect program
The Community Connect program is aimed at connecting members and their communities with access to tools and financial advice.
It has been developed to align with the Australian Government’s National Financial Literacy Strategy and aims to build the financial skills of targeted groups who have been identified as standing to benefit from additional financial education. These include women, university students, pre-retirees and redundant workers.
In Geelong, for example, VicSuper has partnered with the Geelong Regional Local Learning and Employment network to deliver initiatives that directly support skills development and employment in the region.
VicSuper’s award winning Super Women Money program is a financial education initiative specifically targeted at women. Over two thirds of VicSuper members are women and they currently retire with half the super of their male counterparts. The program was launched in 2012 and 11,000 women have so far participated.
Advocating for Positive Change Program
VicSuper has identified areas where it can play a corporate advocacy role to encourage positive economic, social and environmental change.
VicSuper proudly advocates to address the gender super gap, holding events and participating in public policy.
It is also a founding member for the Future Economy Group which engages directly with the Victorian Government on issues relating to the economy and the environment.
VicSuper is committed to addressing community disadvantage and this year is the major corporate sponsor for Melbourne City Mission’s ‘Sleep at the G,’ which raises funds to support young Victorians living without shelter.
Employee Community Involvement program
VicSuper encourages its employees to participate in volunteering and fundraising activities with local charities.
VicSuper currently has community partnerships with Conservation Volunteers Australia, FareShare, Give Where You Live (Geelong) and Latrobe Community Support Services.
Staff are also encouraged to participate in regular activities such as the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea, Ride to Work Day and Club Red (Red Cross Blood Donation program)