Engagement with and support of the communities we live and work in is a priority at the Eclipx Group.
Across our businesses employees dedicate time, funds, skills and knowledge to various not-for-profits, and we continuously provide our people with ongoing opportunities to participate in the environmental, social and sustainability programs and causes they are passionate about.
Employee volunteering and fundraising
One of the ways we support our community is through offering paid volunteering leave to all permanent employees, who are encouraged to take one day of paid leave per year to volunteer with a community organisation of their choice as an individual or within a team.
In addition to volunteering leave, many fundraising events are held across each of our businesses.
Community case studies
Design-athon win to support children with autism
A team of six employees from across the Eclipx Group participated in the Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s ‘Enabled by Design-athon’ in September 2018, in competition with several other corporate teams. The hackathon-style event challenges participants to create a product prototype with the aim of helping people with disability.
The Eclipx team – whose Design-athon team name was ‘The Abled Explorers’ – were tasked with creating a product to help motivate children with autism to stay active. The team chose to create an app called ‘Choose Your Adventure’ which was focused on both engaging children and parents in a fun way, and creating a community of people affected by autism.
In their pitch at the end of the two-day event the team presented a live demonstration of the app as well as a digital prototype, to a panel of judges and the event audience. The team were successful in winning the competition and have gone on to progress the app in the hope it will become a reality in the not too distant future.
House with No Steps
FleetPlus have an exciting partnership with House with No Steps, one of Australia’s leading disability service providers. For many Australians with a disability, the prospect of accepting a life of unemployment is all too common. But with organisations like House with No Steps, people with disabilities can gain work experience in a nurturing environment, learn new skills and have more independence by earning their own wage.
To support their vision FleetPlus employs House with No Steps staff to assemble our Driver Welcome Packs. We look forward to seeing our partnership flourish and we welcome fundraising activities for all our employees, clients and customers to get involved with. Through our combined support we can help more people with disabilities reach their dreams!
Supporting our farmers
In an effort to help relieve some of the challenges faced by farmers in drought stricken Queensland, FleetPartners and FleetPlus employees in Brisbane got behind Motorama Group’s recent hay bale campaign by donating 20 hay bales from their ‘lolly jar’ profits.
Fundraiser organisers and FleetPartners’ supplier, Motorama, gathered donations from customers, employees and suppliers, culminating in the delivery of 2,100 hay bales to 90 farmers in Killarney (a small town in South Eastern Queensland located near the New South Wales border). A donation of $10,000 was also provided to the local Country Women’s Association.
FleetPartners’ employee Rebecca Crowley, born and bred in the country herself, was involved with the fundraiser and travelled in the convoy on the day of the hay bale delivery: “You could see the difference in the land on the day and it was so barren as we were driving out to Killarney. The farmers were overwhelmed and so thankful for the hay bales. It was a very humbling experience.”
Partnering with Anglicare Victoria
FleetPartners in Australia has a strong partnership with Anglicare Victoria, a charity supporting over 80,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians in our community every year.
The team at FleetPartners were recently honoured to present Anglicare with a donation of $30,000 as part of their ongoing community partnership.
FleetPartners have also provided the Broadmeadows Women’s Community House with a bus to enable women to travel to and from the House. For many of these women, the bus is the only way they can attend sessions with a safe and supportive group, with other women who speak their language and understand life’s challenges.
To ensure the House is welcoming and a place the women feel comfortable attending, a group of our employees spent a day with the women, filling garden beds in preparation for the launch.
FleetPartners employees have also attended Anglicare’s annual ‘Altitude Shift’ event, where they test their nerve by abseiling off the top of one of Melbourne’s skyscrapers to raise funds for Anglicare’s services.
Delivering books with Duffy Books
FleetPartners in New Zealand, in conjunction with Mazda, has a longstanding partnership of 15 years with Duffy Books in Homes. Duffy Books (the Alan Duff Charitable Foundation) aims to increase literacy levels of children by providing free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year.
FleetPartners provides two Mazda Wagons free of charge to this charity to assist with the delivery of books across New Zealand.
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
At Eclipx, we have introduced solutions to help tackle environmental challenges, both by reducing the direct environmental impact of our operations and collaborating with others to help minimise our indirect footprint.
By partnering with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), we are increasing the uptake of low emissions vehicles to accelerate Australia’s transformation to a more competitive economy in a carbon constrained world. The $50 million funding structure was established as part of Eclipx’s partnership with CEFC, and provides corporate, government and not-for-profit fleet customers with access to discounted interest rates when choosing eligible lower emissions passenger and light commercial vehicles.