Community

Plenary Group embraces the responsibility it has to deliver greater value to its investors and to society through its corporate responsibility plan. With a shift in focus towards environmental sustainability, social accountability and corporate governance, we are continually updating and adapting our corporate approach.

Plenary Group is committed to its environmental, social and economic responsibilities. This commitment is reflected in a range of business practices.

We reduce any adverse impacts created by our projects by assessing them beforehand to determine the social and environmental impacts, and then to manage if not eliminate risk and adverse results.

Sustainability is as much about the community as the environment and Plenary prides itself on partnering with government to build critical public infrastructure that is based on a researched insight into community needs and aspirations. This leads us to consult thoroughly with communities and stakeholders affected by projects. On the right projects, we seek opportunities to contribute to broader stakeholder or community development.

We regularly pursue sponsorship and fundraising to support the communities that support us. This is done both at a corporate level through our partnership programs, and at an employee level through the encouragement of volunteering.

Plenary is proud to support the following organisations

Jim Cox Architectural Scholarship

In 2008, Plenary established The James Cox PhD Scholarship in Architecture, a scholarship in honour of the late James Cox, a founding director of Plenary Group, founder of CPR Projects, and visionary leader in public-private partnerships. The annual scholarship is awarded to an architectural student of the Mona­sh University School of the Built Environs, providing them with tuition fees, a living allowance for up to four years, and provision for a period of international research or placement relevant to the project.

Peter McCallum Cancer Foundation

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centres and is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer. Now part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), its researchers are dedicated to preventing, treating and curing all types of cancer. Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation supports this research by funding specialised technologies and new research opportunities. In 2016 Plenary hosted a fundraising dinner and raised more than $90,000 for the foundation.

Surf Aid

Founding director Ray Wilson is Australian Chairman of SurfAid, a non-profit humanitarian organisation who aims to improve health, wellbeing and self-reliance in isolated areas in Indonesia. Plenary supports and contributes to SurfAid’s fundraising efforts.

The Heart and Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria) Second Chance Accommodation Program

HLTTVs Second Chance Accommodation Program helps subsidise accommodation costs for transplant patients and their families requiring ongoing treatment and care. Plenary employees participate in the biannual Tour de Transplant, a 600-kilometre cycling challenge, and in 2016 raised more than $30,000.

Commando Welfare Trust

Upon completion of Plenary’s Single LEAP 2 Defence accommodation project in 2014 Plenary donated $250,000 to the Commando Welfare Trust, supporting both initial emergency funding and long-term financial requirements of families in times of hardship where existing Department of Defence or Veteran Affairs funding, grants or entitlements no longer provide support.

The Big Issue

The Big Issue is a fortnightly magazine sold on the streets by homeless and disadvantaged people. The Big Issue Women’s Subscription Enterprise provides job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged women through the sale of The Big Issue magazine subscriptions. Plenary is a part of the ‘big 100’ a select group of organisations supporting this enterprise.

Western Chances
Western Chances funds scholarships for talented and motivated young people in the western suburbs of Melbourne who, because of their family's financial disadvantage, risk not achieving their full education/academic potential.

Women's Community Shelters

Women’s Community Shelters works with communities to establish new shelters, which provide short term emergency accommodation and support in a safe environment that enables homeless women to rebuild self-esteem and achieve control and fulfilment of their lives.

Matching charitable donations

Plenary matches ever dollar its Australian employees make in sanctioned donations to charity.