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Addressing digital inequality – one byte at a time

TechForGood is addressing the digital divide in many ways.  This overview of our capability should help you to understand more about what we do.


TechForGood – as told by our Founder & CEO Stella Heesom

A chat on the sofa with Stella Heesom – talking about TechForGood and the Social Enterprise Sector

Stella sits down with Sam Smith and Torien De Jager to discuss TechForGood and the Social Sector.

Production:  Cr: Samantha Smith; Videography: Cr: Caelan De Jager

 


Thrilled to announce our new partner – Torrens University

TechForGood is thrilled to announce that we are officially partnered with Torrens University Australia

The Torrens University – Social Enterprise Hub is where employability meets social impact, and creates opportunities for students to use their skills and energy to make the world a better place.

TechForGood is proud to collaborate with Torrens to enable their students to take what they have learned in the classroom and provide them with meaningful work experience and networking opportunities.  This will allow students to graduate confident and career-ready. At the same time, we’ll be helping valuable organisations and initiatives reach their goals and make a contribution to community..

 


Thrilled to announce our new partner – GIVIT

TechForGood is thrilled to announce that we are officially partnered with GIVIT

Helping Queenslanders with a disability get connected to digital technology

Many Queenslanders with disability live without a smartphone or digital device. Access to digital devices is something we take for granted. It’s how we access news and government services, and stay connected with friends, families, and communities, particularly in times of the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters. Being digitally connected is not a luxury, but an essential part of everyday life.

The people we are trying to reach have limited incomes and are often not engaged with services or receiving support. They may be living in social or community housing or supported accommodation; they may be transient or experiencing homelessness, living in hostels or caravan parks; exiting the child safety system or the justice system.

 


TechForGood launches its You Tube Channel

TechForGood launches it’s YouTube channel today

Ware are building a library of fantastic resources and the time is right to start sharing these on YouTube

Learn about Cyber Security, the Social Enterprise Sector, TechForGood initiatives and so much more!


CyberSecurity – TechForGood helping you to understand the Essential 8

What does cyber security mean in your organisation? Take action to protect your business now – in 8 easy steps.

Take action to protect your business now. Cyber security is not somebody else’s problem. Your data, your client’s data, your reputation, and your revenue are at risk.

While no set of mitigation strategies are guaranteed to protect against all cyber threats, organisations are recommended to implement eight essential mitigation strategies from the ACSC’s Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents as a baseline. This baseline, known as the Essential Eight, makes it much harder for adversaries to compromise systems.  Read our presentation on how you can take easy steps to secure your valuable data, or learn more about TechForGood’s Essential 8 Cyber Security assessment or check out the Australian Cybersecurity Centre for heaps of useful resources.

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Essential 8 Cyber - how techforgood can help


What is a social enterprise?

Social Enterprises must do three things:

  1. Have a defined primary social, cultural or environmental purpose consistent with a public or community benefit, and
  2. Derive a substantial portion of their income from trade, and
  3. Invest efforts and resources into their purpose such that public/community benefit outweighs private benefit.

They operate in all industry sectors of the economy, from facilities management, to catering and hospitality, to business administration to design.

There are three Social Enterprise impact models:

  1. Employment-generating – creates employment and training opportunities for marginalised people.
  2. Community need – delivers accessible products and services to meet community needs that are not met by the market.
  3. Profit redistribution – donates at least 50% of profits or revenue to charity.

Purpose is at the heart of a social enterprise.

What is Social Enterprise Procurement?

Social Enterprise Procurement is when a business or government chooses to buy goods and services from a Social Enterprise. Switching to Social Enterprise Procurement delivers the same quality while helping create a fairer and more sustainable world.

Social Procurement is a way for businesses to meet sustainability and ESG goals simply by switching suppliers. That could include local suppliers, indigenous suppliers, Social Enterprises and others. Social Enterprise Procurement is a specific type of Social Procurement that creates some of the most impactful procurement outcomes, that complements sustainable and inclusive procurement.

When you buy from a Social Enterprise, you are purchasing quality goods and services that your business needs, while buying community impact in the same transaction. The best part is this is spend already allocated for essential op-ex – money that would have been spent anyway. It’s not money budgeted separately for CSR, yet it achieves the same CSR or sustainability goals.

Some of Australia’s leading brands across all industries are already buying from Social Enterprises. John Holland, The Victorian Government, Microsoft, Lendlease, Westpac, Coca Cola Amatil, Mirvac, SAP and Transurban are just some of the well-known brands leading the way.

Social Traders enables business and government to create positive impact by deeply integrating Social Enterprises into their supply chains. We support businesses to build the systems, structures and internal culture to prepare them to buy from Social Enterprise. We also certify Social Enterprises and support them to strengthen their business model. A full list of current Certified Social Enterprises can be found on the Social Traders Social Enterprise Finder.

The business case for Social Enterprise Procurement

By allocating a small portion of procurement spend to Social Enterprises, business and government have changed the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the country. But buying from Social Enterprise also makes good business sense:

  • Community-focused supply chains are more robust. Many businesses have found themselves vulnerable when offshore supply chains collapsed. The crisis underlined the limitations and fragility of global supply chains. Building a diverse and local supply chain will de-risk your business.
  • Future employees are increasingly expecting their employer to have a purpose beyond profit. Making a positive contribution to communities boosts staff engagement and attracts the best talent.
  • Good businesses build customer demand and brand loyalty. The current crisis has brought into stark relief the importance of businesses facing the reality of the situation with authenticity and compassion. The businesses that invest now in growing and showcasing their purpose will create stronger brand equity.
  • Governments will be looking for the private sector to partner with them in delivering positive social outcomes. Delivering social impact is becoming an increasingly important factor in winning contracts with Government.

Stakeholders, customers, and employees will increasingly expect employers to make a contribution to the community. The good news is this is possible, by simply buying goods and services you would have done anyway, without compromising on cost or quality.

Incorporating Social Enterprises into existing supply chains is a very real and immediate means of delivering the corporate social responsibility stakeholders expect – while boosting business at the same time.

Let’s make sure the money Australians spend today is helping build a stronger economy for decades to come.

Credit: https://www.socialtraders.com.au/

 


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