When the going gets tough – the tough get giving!   

Congratulations to Australia’s Top 40 Best Workplaces to Give Back

Origin Energy has beaten a field of more than 300 companies to win Australia’s Best Workplace to Give Back in 2020 www.bestplacetogiveback.com.au  GoodCompany said today.

Announcing the results of the Top 40 Best Workplace to Give Back 2020, GoodCompany CEO Ash Rosshandler said it was the second year in a row Origin Energy had topped the list, closely followed by Accenture and IAG.

Frank Calabria Origin Energy CEO said

“I’m thrilled Origin has been recognised by GoodCompany for the work of our philanthropic foundation, as well as our community sponsorships and commitment to reconciliation. There is no recognised methodology for measuring the impact of philanthropy, which makes the analysis conducted by GoodCompany an important tool for us and others, as we continue to improve our performance.” 

“What makes this year’s list so special is that it took place against the backdrop of the first recession in three decades, and unprecedented economic turmoil caused by the pandemic,” Mr Rosshandler said.

Bob Easton, Chairman Accenture Australia & New Zealand who came runner up this year agrees,

“It has never been more important for businesses to demonstrate responsive and responsible leadership. We must work in new ways to address the unprecedented challenges the world is facing, and I am delighted that we are putting our commitment into practice and making a difference to the lives of Australians.”

The Top 40 companies were deemed the best at empowering their employees to give back via Payroll Giving, Paid Volunteer Leave, Matching Donations, Fundraising, Sponsorship, Staff Rewards and other Pro-Social Activities. The results were fascinating.

The number of companies offering Paid Volunteer Leave has jumped up from 87% in 2018 to 94% in 2020.

And the generosity of the volunteer leave entitlement has skyrocketed, growing from an average of 1.5 days leave in 2018 to more than 4 days in 2020. In fact, five of the Top 40 (Arup, Origin Energy, American Express, Vitality Brands and Nelnet) offer unlimited volunteer leave along with an uncapped budget to support this volunteerism.

“With COVID-19 lockdowns and remote working, depression, disengagement and loneliness are serious issues, so offering staff remote volunteering opportunities to stay positive and engaged benefits everyone,” Mr Rosshandler said.

In more good news, also trending is the rising number of companies matching staff donations and the size of the matching per staff member. In 2020 of the Top 40 companies:

  • 5 companies matched up to $500 per staff
  • 4 matched between $1000 – $5000 per staff
  • 4 matched between $5000 -$10,000 per staff
  • 10 offered Uncapped Matching for staff donations

In 2018, 17.5% of companies in the survey offered Uncapped Matching for staff donations. This year 25% offered it!

“This year’s been a nightmare for Australian charities, with all fundraising events, fun runs, golf days, corporate volunteering events cancelled,” Mr Rosshandler said.

“Yet at the same time the demand for charities across the board, and especially those dealing with domestic violence, mental health and food security, is skyrocketing. So, it’s heartening to find that companies have not only held on, but have increased the capacity and opportunities for their staff to give back.”

IAG’s Group Executive People Performance and Reputation Christine Stasi agrees:

“We’re proud to support their personal passions through our Community Connection program which encourages our people to get involved in the community and to give back by providing paid volunteer leave and matching, dollar-for-dollar, all employee donations through our employee giving program.”


Australia’s Top 40 Best Workplaces to Give Back in 2020
1. Origin Energy 6. OPTUS 11. Deutshe Bank 16. AGL 21. TechnologyOne 26. Latitude Financial Services 31. Nelnet 36. Petstock
2. Accenture 7. ANZ 12. King &Wood Mallesons 17. NetApp 22. NOVA 27. Vitality Brands 32. Today 37. Luxury Escapes
3. IAG 8. AECOM 13. Zurich 18. Talent 23. Stone & Wood 28. PEXA 33. Luminary 38. Page Up
4. ARUP 9. American Express 14. Medibank 19. RACV 24. MYOB 29. Zendesk 34. Jemena 39. Clarity Group
5. Energy Australia 10. Sodexo 15. CSL 20. AMPOL 25. Clayton Utz 30.  Aussie Broadband 35. Lavazza 40. Customer Agency


About GoodCompany: GoodCompany is the proud sponsor of Australia’s Best Workplaces to Give Back Award. Founded in 2000, GoodCompany is the Australia’s largest unified Workplace Giving, Volunteering, Fundraising and Rewards Software Platform. Trusted by Australia’s leading companies to empower their staff to volunteer, donate and fundraise with the favorite charities, GoodCompany has helped over 80,000 donors to donate over $19 million in cash and 200,000 hours of volunteering across 1800 charities. GoodCompany partners with 12 of this year’s Top 40 companies.