Pro Bono Australia

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Melbourne, Victoria

Australia

www.probonoaustralia.com.au

About Pro Bono Australia

Pro Bono Australia is a gateway to the Social Economy. They are an online hub - where Not for Profits, philanthropists, volunteers and sustainable business all converge and work together to drive positive environmental and social change.

With more than 45,000 subscribers and close to a million visitors, their digital footprint is globally unique and fast-growing. Through their specialist news service, events, survey, products and services, they connect, enable and provide a voice for those seeking to create positive change. This ranges from individuals and those working in not-for-profits to philanthropists and investors seeking to fund socially beneficial projects, government agencies exploring social innovation policy, and businesses supplying into and supporting the sector.

A pioneering for-profit social enterprise, they’ve been at the forefront of technological innovation and social change since 1999. They employ a small and growing team, and pay for what they provide to the sector by operating as a business and generating income from advertising and commercial services to develop their portfolio in line with changing sector needs.

The Pro Bono Australia brand is known for its deep sectoral expertise, its innovative approach and its independence. Through their extensive reach they have an unrivalled ability to take the sector’s pulse, to help showcase best practice, build connections and capability, and highlight the value of collaboration. They provide a way to interact all the key players, to understand how the community, business and government sectors converge, and to keep abreast of the big trends reshaping how we live, work and help those in need.

It’s been a long solo journey developing Pro Bono Australia over the last 15 years and now we have a community around us who have the same values and aims in mind. Wonderful! We became a B Corp so that we could band together with a group of like-minded companies to change the way business operates.

We also wanted to go throughout the testing process that the B Corp certification puts you through to get a better understanding of what we were doing well and what we weren't doing so well. And now we know.

The Change We Seek®

We aim to foster Movements that make the world a better place. Movements such as working collectively across sectoral boundaries to shift the dial on intransigent social issues. Movements such as investing money for financial as well as social returns. Movements such as the desire to work for meaning as well as a livelihood. 

Pro Bono Australia aims to put a focus on the longer term - beyond the short term-ism that knobbles actions and that take us to a sustainable future.

We believe in the importance of a robust and engaged civil society, and work to ensure the organisations set up to do good are supported, encouraged and given public visibility. 

Pro Bono Australia was started with a passion to use new technologies to help Not for Profits deliver and do what they do effectively and efficiently. We also wanted to drive an increase in philanthropy and community engagement. Over time, we have done both and moved beyond. 

We are guided by a belief that intangibles such as: kindness, contentment, fulfilment, engagement, connection, sense of meaning, tolerance, and learning is what life is about and that there is a point reached where, once our own and our families basic needs are met (food, shelter, education ) we have enough.

We are guided by a belief that it's our duty to show our humanity and to see others humanity - past colour, past disability, past culture, past religion, past gender, past race, past any other thing that prevents us seeing/understanding the person.

We are guided by a belief that we are part of a greater whole that is our planet and our universe and that we affect it as it affects us - and that it is part of our journey and our duty to be aware of that dynamic

We seek to live and represent these beliefs through the work of Pro Bono Australia.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

July 2014
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
80
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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