Vincents is committed to nourishing our backyard. One of Vincents’ values is:
Our commitment to this core value is genuine and significant. We are working to actively build a company that is environmentally sustainable and also contributes to wider change in our community.
Vincents’ directors and staff regularly participate in activities that will contribute towards growing a better community. Our involvement is varied and can include attendance, fundraising, promoting, hosting, sponsorships, one-off donations and other ad hoc activities.
Responsibility for our environment
No doubt there is a feel-good factor working in an environmentally conscious workplace, but efficient and effective practices also make good business sense.
Some of Vincents’ sustainability strategies include:
- Operating our Brisbane HQ within 6 Star Green Star premises – read more about Santos Place
- Using recycled and chemical-free materials whenever possible
- Reducing waste by using only what’s necessary and recycling or re-using materials
- Limiting the use of plastics and other harmful materials
- Implementing and promoting energy efficient practices
Responsibility for our community
Our approach to community contributions is both formal and informal. While we have more formal activities in place, we actively encourage staff to bring to our attention causes close to their hearts and promote involvement within the firm. Below are some of the more recent activities that we have been involved in:
Each year the winner of the Vincents Cup, awarded to a staff member that has made a significant contribution to the firm or the community, nominates a charity close to heart for Workplace Giving. Staff can choose to donate to the charity by having small amounts deducted from each pay. At the end of each financial year, Vincents then matches all money donated by staff and a cheque is presented to the chosen charity.
About – Redkite is the only national organisation that provides professional support to children, young people and their whole family through the entire cancer journey.
Redkite’s real and practical support services include financial and educational assistance, support in hospitals through social workers and music therapists, community-based support including telephone/email counselling and professionally-facilitated telegroups.
Our involvement – Since May 2011 Jonathan Dooley (Director – Forensic) has served on the Queensland Regional Council of Redkite, a charity that provides support to children and young people diagnosed with cancer and their families.
About – The PwC Cool Night Classic Corporate Run/Walk is a 5km event aimed to get people active and help Queensland charities continue to grow. Every year, this popular event attracts over 4,000 participants from the local business community. In its 17th year (in 2011), the event has helped raise more than $480,000 in vital funds for various chosen charities.
Our involvement – A nice change from the early morning wake up for Bridge to Brisbane, Vincents also sponsors a team for the PwC Cool Night Classic Corporate Run/Walk.
About – Celebrating its 15th year in 2011, participants run or walk either a 10km or 5km course over the Gateway Bridge, finishing at the RNA Showgrounds. This annual fun run benefits a different major charity partner each year. In total $251,999 was raised for Legacy Queensland in 2011, and Kids Help Line has been named as the 2012 major charity partner.
Our involvement – Each year Vincents’ staff hit the pavement for the Bridge to Brisbane fun run. In addition to sponsoring our team, Vincents also contributes to charities that individual staff members are running or walking to raise money for. In 2011 Vincents sponsored runners for Redkite, Animal Welfare League of QLD and UNICEF.
About – The BRW Corporate Triathlon focuses on promoting important corporate values such as teamwork, company pride, and loyalty within a fun supportive environment. Some enter for fun, others for corporate rivalry, whether it’s to beat your colleagues, challenge your company competitors, or to be the best in the industry!
Our involvement – In 2013 two Vincents teams participated in the 400m swim, 10km bike ride and 4km run. We are proud to announce our mens team came 4th overall out of 79 teams and women’s team 60th. Congratulations to both teams!
About – MND and Me raises awareness of people living with Motor Neurone Disease, a disease with no known cause, no known cure, and no effective treatment.
Our involvement – Vincents’ staff slip into their cossies for the inaugural MW Recruitment Swimming Carnival against other professional services firms to raise money for people suffering from motor neurone disease. The competition is always intense (particularly in the relays at the end!) and the auctioning off of sporting superstars to firms always proves to be a big drawcard and a big source of fundraising for MND. Thank you to all those staff that swim for Vincents and who turn up in support each year.
The Vincents Cup
The Vincents Cup recognises the Vincents staff member who has made a significant contribution to the firm or their community each financial year. Staff are asked to nominate their fellow colleagues and, in addition to holding the cup for the year, the winner nominates the firm’s Workplace Giving charity for the year.