White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign which recognises the positive role that men play in putting an end to men’s violence against women.  It fosters and encourages male leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.

The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives including awareness raising, education, programs with youth, schools, workplaces, and across the broader community.

Parmalat is  proud to announce that it is participating in the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. The 16 month program will provide a structured framework to review and enhance our HR policies, procedures and training on what it means to work in a safe and respectful workplace.

Parmalat acknowledges the need for raising awareness in all workplaces of this very important issue. By building greater equality and respect between men and women to reduce attitudes that support violence and taking active steps to recognise and respond to violence against women, whether inside or outside the workplace.

Parmalat encourages everyone to support the White Ribbon campaign and let the world know your position when it comes to violence against women.

For more information or to donate visit www.whiteribbon.org.au

St Vincent de Paul Society

An association which began with one employee “sleeping rough” for the night, has morphed into a significant partnership between ‘Vinnies’ and Parmalat.

National Demand and Supply Planning Manager Patrick Vialle was the first to engage with Vinnies, participating in the CEO Sleepout in 2012. “The event was confronting and interesting to me. I wanted to do more for people in need in the community,” he said.

From that night onwards, Parmalat staff started putting their hands up to get involved in different Vinnies’ activities and initiatives, their enthusiasm underpinned by the company’s strong commitment to team engagement.

“Vinnies provides so many “user friendly” activities – for example the clothing drives,” Patrick said. “There’s always more than enough volunteers internally who want to be a part of it. And the greater the depth of involvement, the more energy it creates within the company.”

Parmalat has participated in successful clothing drives, the Christmas giving tree, a fundraising raffle, helped out at the Vinnies Sumner Park warehouse sorting clothes, and taken part annually at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.  Indeed CEO Craig Garvin continued this commitment when he participated in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in 2013 – with the 1083 CEO’s collectively raising $5.6 million.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

Parmalat has had a long running association with Ronald McDonald house, supporting the organization through our annual Charity Golf Day.

Like our association with St Vinnies, the relationship began not at a corporate level, but via the energy and enthusiasm of a couple of Parmalat team members - Karen Abell and Andrew Lynch. Ronald McDonald House had been planning to invest in a large commercial refrigerator where families living in the house could store their food. However Karen and Andrew went a step further, rallying the support of Parmalat’s generous suppliers to design, fund, and install a purpose built cold room facility.

Since that initial involvement, Parmalat, through the Golf Day program, has donated in excess $250,000, helping RMC provide for and support families whose lives have been upended by cancer.

This year, guests also heard the very personal story of the Saunders family who’ve been beneficiaries of Ronald McDonald House services since 2008, when eldest daughter Tayla (just seven years of age at the time), was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma, a cancer rarely found in children.

Click here to find out a little more about Tayla’s brave battle.

Food Bank

Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organisation in Australia – in 2014 they provided over 40 million meals to those who needed them the most.  Effectively Foodbank acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. According to the Foodbank Hunger Report 2014, in the last twelve months there has been an 8% increase in the number of people seeking food assistance. Charities report that every month they are turning away almost 60,000 Australians seeking food relief due to lack of food and resources.

 As a major food and beverage manufacturer, the partnership between Parmalat and Foodbank is a logical one. In 2013/14, Parmalat donated over 1.15million kilos of food to Foodbank. This equates to more than 1.5 million meals – up from 930,000 meals the year prior.

Parmalat has also contributed to Foodbank in the face of natural disasters -  for example supplying pallets of white milk when cyclones swept through the Northern Territory at the start of 2015.

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