Founded in 2001, the SMEC Foundation supports our commitment to community development and sustainable poverty reduction through providing small-scale grant support to development projects, communities and charities around the world.
Partnerships are the essence of SMEC Foundation programs. Locally-based SMEC teams actively collaborate with our charity partners to implement the projects funded by the Foundation, delivering outstanding outcomes for their communities.
The SMEC Foundation was named an ABA100 Winner for Community Contribution in the Australian Business Awards 2019.
From the beginning, the SMEC Foundation has been inspired and led by employees who are motivated to make a difference in the regions where we operate.
The Foundation was created in 2001 as an employee initiative, driven by employees who saw the needs of the communities around the project environments where we worked, and wanted to get involved. Eventually, these grassroots initiatives were formalised with the establishment of the SMEC Foundation.
Our local offices and teams worldwide are still closely involved in submitting funding proposals, visiting project sites and helping to build and strengthen our partnerships with local NGOs. Over the years, we have funded over 200 projects in over 30 countries, and we have expanded to operate an Emergency Relief Assistance program for SMEC employees and associates.
The SMEC Foundation was founded on our employees’ sensitivity to disadvantage and desire to make a difference. Our colleagues are adept at developing constructive approaches to alleviating hardship. SMEC Foundation funding decisions were decentralised in 2016, meaning that each of SMEC’s Business Units around the world has access to regular funding to support activities in their region.
While funding is critical, the hands on support provided by our locally based offices and teams makes the execution of these projects particularly effective. SMEC CSR projects are supplemented by funds from the SMEC Foundation, delivered through trusted charity partners with an on the ground presence.
When natural disasters strike, the SMEC Foundation often partners with SMEC employees to raise urgent cash donations as emergency assistance.
The SMEC Foundation was founded in 2001, with approximately A$1.58 million donated to over 234 projects in the areas of Health, Education, Community Development, Emergency Relief and the Environment. The SMEC Foundation is a critical link between the corporate world and the real-life needs of communities impacted by natural disasters and communities living in less fortunate circumstances.