QBE is uniquely placed to make a difference. We’re often customers’ first point of call in times of need and see first-hand the impact natural disasters and other unexpected life events can have on our communities.
The Australia Pacific QBE Foundation’s focus is on creating strong, resilient and inclusive communities across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. We work in partnership with community organisations, with a focus on climate resilience and inclusion – two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact.
Our partnerships are guided by our global strategy. We work closely with our community partners to create long-term, sustained impact in the community. In addition to funding, we work in collaboration with our community partners to support events, fundraising, advocacy, volunteering and to seek out other ways to support their work.
Our Australia Pacific QBE Foundation partnerships are guided by our strategy for working in the community and underpinned by our Global Disaster Relief and Resilience Partnership with Red Cross and Save the Children. As well as working with these organisations to quickly respond to disasters, we collaborate on local ongoing programs of work.
Australian Red Cross
This partnership supports communities to build resilience and improve their capacity to prepare, respond and recover from disasters.
New Zealand Red Cross
QBE is the primary supporter of the Red Cross Hazard app, so New Zealanders can stay informed in an emergency.
Save the Children Australia
QBE is working with Save the Children to support disaster preparedness and response programs in Australia.
R U OK?
QBE is working to support R U OK to inspire and encourage people to stay connected and have more meaningful conversations in workplaces across Australia.
QBE is working to support Foodbank’s food relief programs, with a particular focus on supporting First Nations’ people and communities.
QBE supports Stars to empower Indigenous girls and young women to finish school and create brighter futures through specialised holistic mentoring programs.
Orange Sky Australia and Aotearoa
QBE supports Orange Sky to help positively connect people experiencing homelessness through free laundry, showers and conversation.
QBE Foundation local grants
QBE Foundation local grants are a way for us to provide meaningful support for community initiatives outside of our community partnerships. Each year during our application period, we invite charities to apply for grants addressing specific areas of need.
Over the last two years, our program has awarded grants to more than thirty recipients around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Empowering our people
Our people are passionate about making a positive impact in their communities and we actively support this with:
- A paid annual volunteer day and support for skilled volunteering
- Local grants program – our people are encouraged to apply for a grant in collaboration with a charity they are involved with, and our people vote on grants and ultimately direct all funding
- Workplace Giving program that allows employees to give back to causes they are passionate about within their communities through personal contributions, including regular donations from their pre-tax salary, and donation matching to eligible causes of their choice