What We Care About
Companies who are serious in wanting to make a difference in their communities, whilst still making a profit, have shown that having a Social Purpose at the core of the company meets the needs of their customers, their team, the community and shareholders.
At Aspen Medical, we believe passionately that having a Social Purpose ensures that the business can benefit shareholders and the community. We aim to create a better world by the very act of conducting business and to be a positive force in society. Social Purpose is much more than Corporate Social Responsibility in that it is embedded into our operational and strategic decision making.
We demonstrate this commitment through the following initiatives:
We are a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation)
B Corps or Benefit Corporations,are an emerging group of companies using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world and generate a shared and durable prosperity for all. Certified B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Aspen Medical was first independently certified as a B Corp in 2016 and we are proud to one of Australia’s largest B Corps.
We are a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact
The Global Compact is the world’s largest Corporate Sustainability initiative. As a signatory to the Compact, Aspen Medical commits to:
- doing business responsibly by aligning our strategies and operations with the Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption
- take strategic action to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Our commitment to our global team
Aspen Medical values its people as they are the heart of, and key, to our ongoing global success. We are committed to creating a culture that is diverse, inclusive and celebrates differences. We are proud to be a member of Diversity Council Australia (DCA), an independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
We also ensure that our team can support what is important to them through the following workplace initiatives:
- Workplace Giving. Our team can make pre-tax contributions from their pay to a registered charity as part of our Workplace Giving Program. Its aim is to encourage our team to give to organisations they are passionate about and to make giving as easy as possible.
- Workplace Matching. Our Workplace Matching Program is also very popular. Our colleagues raise money for a particular charity and Aspen Medical will match this up to an agreed amount.
- Volunteering. Volunteers can provide invaluable assistance to build further capacity within community organisations and deliver critical work where it’s needed most. Aspen Medical supports our team members who wish to volunteer their time to external organisations in our community by providing volunteer leave of two days per annum in addition to any other leave entitlements.
Our commitment to the advancement of and partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Our engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cuts across several objectives that are encompassed within our Reconciliation Action Plan, these are:
- pro-active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employment strategies
- ensuring a culturally safe workplace
- annual cultural training
- partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ businesses
- the Aspen Foundation – the Aspen Foundation focuses on medical, nursing and allied health scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as supporting organisations working on disease eradication within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ communities (e.g. Rheumatic Heart Disease, Trachoma and Scabies).
Our commitment to People with Disabilities (PWDs)
We aim to provide opportunities within Aspen Medical for employment of People with Disabilities (PWDs) and also ensure they are supported where needed. We also support organisations and programs that develop PWDs’ skills to give them the opportunity to work and live independently.
Our commitment to preventing human rights abuses
To demonstrate our commitment to preventing human rights abuses, Aspen Medical has provided a statement in response to the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Australia). This Statement outlines the actions we will take to ensure that the Modern Slavery Act and its principles form part of our strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of the company. Aspen Medical is committed to engaging in collaborative actions to ensure we meet the requirements we have set out in this Statement.
These are the things we care about at Aspen Medical.
And we hope that if you decide to join our team or do business with us, you’ll care too.