As we grow and increase our profits, we believe our obligation is to support the community to grow with us. Community is considered a stakeholder along with our people, customers, partners and shareholders. Our mission for our community is to work to support the communities we operate in and make a meaningful difference.
Our commitment to the Data#3 social responsibility program continued in Financial Year 2017, as did our pride in the fact that we remain dedicated to contributing to the national economy, having a positive influence on the communities in which we work and reducing our impact on the environment. This program enables our people to personally make a difference and to feel satisfied that they work for a company that cares.
We support local communities with environmentally responsible practices, sporting sponsorships and volunteering, and we regularly make corporate donations to national and regional charities. We also work with our customers to support their corporate citizenship goals by helping them to reduce their energy use with green technology solutions and assisting them to dispose of their IT equipment responsibly.
Data#3 continues to engage with local and national communities through the SOUL program, created in response to the 2016 strategic priorities. The Starlight Children’s Foundation continued as our main charity partner, and the four other major charities we supported were The Smith Family, The Leukaemia Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision. We are delighted to have raised a record total of more than $100,000 for charities during the year. We have also continued to encourage our staff’s commitment to the broader community by allowing all employees to take one day of paid leave each year to participate in voluntary programs.
The more significant achievements during the 2017 financial year include the following: