QBE in the community

 

                                                              
 
Throughout its long history, QBE has played an active role in the communities in which it operates. In 2011, we launched our major global corporate responsibility initiative, the QBE Foundation.

The QBE Foundation supports charities that help people overcome disadvantage, strengthen their abilities, and live more independently, successfully and productively.

Our corporate responsibility mirrors our insurance role in the community, where we assist people when they find themselves in need through accident or misadventure.

At QBE, we believe it is important to give back to the communities in which we operate. The QBE Foundation gives us a platform from which to do this with a co-ordinated approach to grants, employee matching and volunteer opportunities.

The QBE Foundation is guided by the QBE Foundation Committee which is responsible for reviewing all submissions and will make it’s funding decisions for the benefit of the community and in alignment with the philosophy of the Foundation.

Contact the QBE Foundation: qbefoundation@qbe.com

Below are just some of the initiatives that QBE staff contributed to in 2013.

Australian and New Zealand Operations Providing food essentials

                                                           

Foodbank SA’s vision is to end hunger in South Australia (SA) by providing those in need with nutritious and affordable food. In our first year of partnering with Foodbank SA, a QBE Foundation grant funded the implementation of an “everyday hamper” food relief program, the first of its kind in SA. These hampers include core staple foods, recipes, and essential personal items that provide relief to the disadvantaged. Over a five month period, QBE employees volunteered each fortnight, packing over 2,100 hampers onsite that were distributed to those most in need within the community. This equates to more than 44,900 meals being provided to over 6,700 people.                                                                                   

Latin American Operations  Overcoming poverty

  

The QBE Foundation worked with youth‑led organisation Techo, also known as “Un techo para mi pais” (“a roof for my country”), to build emergency relief housing for families living in extreme poverty. 70 QBE employees volunteered over 1,680 hours, working together with Techo volunteers and affected families to build 12 homes in Los Cedros, Buenos Aires. This program focuses on strengthening isolated communities to overcome poverty and exclusion.

North American Operations New beginnings

  

Through Foundation grants, QBE was able to sponsor the building of two Habitat for Humanity homes, including one for a low-income family who moved from Ethiopia to Fort Worth, Texas. By December 2013, over 300 employees volunteered their time to help build homes, with some taking additional personal leave on top of their volunteer days. Habitat for Humanity provides safe and affordable housing to families in need, plus education on home ownership and managing finances to help put their best foot forward in their new home.

European Operations Haven away from home

  

Little Havens Hospice in the South East of England provides support to ill children and their families. In 2013, QBE UK chose Little Havens as its charity partner of the year. QBE employees were already volunteering and fundraising with this charity, so we knew it was a cause close to people’s hearts. In one of many charity events, a group from QBE got together for a team volunteer day at the hospice. They helped with gardening activities, including cultivating a new vegetable patch in the rain. The team thought it was a great day and a very worthwhile experience.

Asia Pacific Operations Aiding youth education and health

 

The QBE Foundation helped LSM Edukasi Dasar, an Indonesian charity that provides education and nutrition support to poorer families. To offer education beyond the classroom, QBE donated text books, dictionaries, encyclopedias and storybooks. In the classroom we made important room repairs to increase safety, provided new furniture and offered bags packed with healthy food to supplement their diets.