QBE has revealed the 2018 partners of the QBE Foundation, the charitable arm of the global insurer.
Chief Customer Officer Bettina Pidcock takes over as Foundation Chair, after Chief HR Officer Sally Kincaid completed her two-year rotation.
Pidcock said the Foundation’s work is important to QBE as an organisation, as its objective of helping people in the community to overcome disadvantage, strengthen their abilities, and live more independently, successfully and productively is reflective of the wider organisation’s values.
“I’m truly honoured to take on the role as Foundation Chair to continue the meaningful work the Committee has already achieved,” said Pidcock.
“We very much see ourselves as part of the communities in which we operate, so supporting people who are in need, vulnerable or disadvantaged is as much a part of our organisaitonal DNA as providing insurance cover.”
“Our people are passionate about the QBE Foundation, and the charities selected represent a wide range of causes across the region – we’re so pleased that we’re able to get behind them and the work they do.”
The Foundation announced new partnerships with Mission Australia and KidsCan NZ. The Foundation has extended its partnerships with renewing partners Assistance Dogs Australia, Brainwave, Foodbank, The Kids’ Cancer Project, McGrath Foundation and Women’s Justice Network. It will also continue to support Jawun.
The Foundation has also selected suicide prevention charity R U OK? as a community partner to build awareness amongst QBE’s people and the wider community. R U OK? promotes the importance of checking in with family, friends and work colleagues who might be going through a tough time.
“Mental health is a strong focus for QBE this year and we’re so pleased to partner with R U OK? for the first time so our community know how to recognise the signs that someone might be struggling,” Pidcock said.
“We’re also proud to continue our work with longstanding partners, like Jawun. This partnership sees our people join with communities of First Nation Peoples around Australia, in locations from Redfern to Cape York and the Kimberley, to share their skills and help build capabilities. Along with bringing lasting, material and measurable improvements to the lives of Indigenous people, our people have reported experiences that are humbling and inspiring.”
QBE charity partners are provided with a one-off cash donation and a 12-month commitment of support from the Foundation. They also offer QBE employees volunteering opportunities throughout the year, allowing our people to provide more than just financial support to those in need.
2018 will see the QBE Foundation enter its eighth year. Along with partnerships, the Foundation has a number of programs in place that enable people to support the causes that matter to them.