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We are firmly committed to the communities in which we operate.

With a team of more than 850 people across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, the Collection House Group is firmly committed to the communities in which we operate.

For us, this starts with a deep-rooted commitment to ethical and compliant business practices. It continues with a focus on providing a rewarding work environment for our employees, for their benefit as well as their families and local communities. It extends to supporting community organisations and causes, and to being mindful of our impact of the environment.

In 2014, the Group formalised this approach with the development of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy.

Our strategy is guided by the International Standard ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility (ISO 26000), which provides a best practice framework upon which to base our program. We support this principle’s belief that an organisation’s performance in relation to the society in which it operates, and its impact on the environment, has become a critical part of measuring its overall performance and ability to continue operating effectively.

We have adopted a number of ISO 2600's core subjects of social responsibility and review our objectives annually under its guidance. Reports on our outcomes are available below.

Our CSR program: key focus areas

The Collection House Group’s CSR program delivers results across four key areas:

  • Supporting
    the community

    We give back to our communities
    and contribute to the social good

  • Protecting the

    We maintain sustainable business practices
    and environmentally responsible conduct

  • Respect for
    the law

    We commit to the spirit and intent of the law,
    including the protection of the financially vulnerable

  • Engaging

    We preserve our constructive engagement with stakeholders,consistent with our commitment to open and transparent business practices

  1. Supporting the Community
    1. Partner with the Financial Basics Foundation to deliver financial literacy educational programs in secondary schools, and explore opportunities to tailor their financial literacy programs for CLH staff and customers
    2. Continue our collaboration with WEstjustice on the Restoring Financial Safety family violence and financial security project
    3. Explore additional opportunities to partner with not-for-profit community organisations
  2. Protecting the Environment
    1. Increase the renewable energy component of total energy consumption across our sites
    2. Continue our trend of reducing paper consumption through improved efficiencies, implementing digital processes that replace the use of paper, and increasing staff awareness of wasteful paper consumption practices
    3. Embed CSR criteria into the procurement process: include an evaluation of CSR practices when assessing new contracts and suppliers
  3. Respect for the Law
    1. Continue to learn from financial counsellors to enhance how our Hardship Assistance Team engage with financially vulnerable customers
    2. Continue support for the ongoing evolution of the National Hardship Register
    3. Complete an annual review of our alignment with ISO 26000 to ensure we remain consistent with its guidance
  4. Engaging Stakeholders
    1. Financial counsellors:
    2. Continue our support of financial counselling services
    3. Government:
    4. Continue our work with government regulators to generate positive outcomes for both industry and stakeholders
    5. Employees:
    6. Increase participation in our Workplace Giving Program
    7. Increase participation in our Community Volunteering Program
    8. Introduce an annual CEO’s Community Awards to recognise individuals’ commitment to their local communities
    9. Customers:
    10. Expand our offerings to customers experiencing financial hardship through creating Safe Horizons

Collection House and the Financial Basics Foundation

In 2002, Collection House’s CEO at the time, John Pearce, conceived the idea to create an independent charity dedicated to educating young Australians about money management and becoming more financially literate. The Financial Basics Foundation was therefore borne, funded initially by a five year commitment from the Group.

Since this time, we have continued to support Financial Basics Foundation both financially and non-financially, and have played a key role in its growth and impact.

The charity offers a unique range of fun, interactive online games, products and resources free of charge to Australian teachers.

Almost half of all Australian secondary schools are now members of Financial Basics Foundation and use these quality products.

We are proud of our ongoing support and involvement with Financial Basics Foundation. Our partnership is a visible demonstration of our commitment to financial education and improving the financial literacy of young Australians.

Find out more about Financial Basics Foundation