Supporting the communities in which we operate
WesCEF and its businesses are proud to support a diverse range of community and not-for-profit organisations to the value of $380,000. This included sponsorships of the Clontarf Foundation, Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, WACA Regional Junior Cricket program and the Scorchers Women’s Big Bash League.
We also supported our employees to participate in HBF Run for a Reason, Movember, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day.
Making a positive impact on the communities where we work and live is a focus for us, and this includes supporting the wellbeing and vitality of our regional communities. In August 2017, our CSBP Fertilisers business ran a free community day in Carnamah - located 300kms from Perth - for community members who had been affected by drought. The day included free football and netball clinics and special guest appearances from sporting personalities.
A sponsorship focus for WesCEF is encouraging more youth to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). WesCEF employees play a role in the promotion of STEM initiatives including an After School Club called Bright Sparx, developed in partnership with Murdoch University and the Kwinana Industries Council. In addition, WesCEF’s partnership with Scitech involves working with a Kwinana Primary School to help teachers better understand the new Design and Technologies aspect of the Technologies curriculum.
WesCEF partners with Edith Cowan University (ECU) to develop teacher resources for science and agriculture. The initiative to explore a science teachers ‘community of practice’ – as outlined in the 2017 Sustainability Report – was discontinued, as it was not able to deliver on expected educational benefits. The program highlighted some of the challenges facing organisations trying to promote STEM education. The partnership did bring the benefit of an ongoing, positive relationship between WesCEF and ECU and provided opportunities for WesCEF employees to work with ECU researchers in the development of teacher resources.