Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.

Written by IMPACT founder and CEO, Nicole Webb

International Women’s Day is a good time for us to reflect on what we have been doing as individuals, and as a team, to support women. 

Whether this be through meaningful conversations, directly supporting programs that support women’s economic empowerment, or making sure they have the tools to gain financial independence and advocate for themselves. 

We’ve been strong supporters of women at IMPACT – for the best part of 25 years we have been mostly a female team. We provided the industry’s first fully-funded creche for our return-to-work mums and we were the first breastfeeding-friendly workplace in NSW. We understand everyone’s journey to and in parenthood is different and we will continue to support our mums in ways that are important to those individuals. 

At the start of this financial year, we committed to meeting 74 ESG targets over the next three years that put people first, help preserve our planet and drive ethical growth. Our three focus areas – we care, empowering voices and future impacts. See latest update here. 

In addition to looking after our own staff through initiatives such as access to weekly Pilates classes, flexible working arrangements via our Summer Friday Policy, and Quarterly Wellbeing Days to prioritise mental health, we are also focussed on supporting marginalised communities to realise our commitment to Empowering Voices. 

Currently, we are in the process of identifying a Marginalised Community Partner to provide pro-bono support. We surveyed our staff, and it was a resounding ‘yes’ to partner with an organisation that supports women. 

Also in development is a business line that is tailored to supporting and protecting external advocates of NGO/NFP organisations who undertake external-facing engagements (i.e., media) in the marginalised community space. Our Empowering Voices workshop for clients will illustrate the power of words in policy development and its impact on real cultural change. And IMPACT’s own suite of Marginalised Advocates will support client work and delivery. 

There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we will get there. Women are depending on it. 

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