Supporting local communities
Officeworks’ stores contributed more than $2.5 million in cash and in-kind donations to local community groups during the year.
This included $170,000 raised from the sales of a craft bag to support Planet Ark programs that encourage positive environmental action. In addition to sausage sizzle fundraisers and donations, Officeworks stores offered face painting and balloon art every weekend. This resulted in more than 17,000 children's faces being painted and 57,000 pieces of balloon art created in stores. The Officeworks mascot, Ollie Bear, made over 300 appearances in stores around the country to engage with younger customers.
Officeworks is making a commitment to support education through partnerships with The Smith Family and The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (ALNF). The team continue to work with these organisations to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged Australians. This year more than $467,000 in direct and in-kind donations were provided to these organisations. The two annual appeals experienced increases of more than 42 per cent, with the ‘Back to School Appeal’ raising more than $235,000 for The Smith Family and the ‘Wall of Hands Appeal’ raising more than $130,000 for the ALNF.
Contributing to the local community is also important with team members volunteering to participate in a range of activities including The Smith Family's Toy and Book Appeal in the lead up to Christmas, Clean Up Australia Day, the Springs Parks Primary School Breakfast Club, as well as many other local community activities.