Social Impact

Businesses have an interest in ensuring a diverse and productive workforce and a healthy society. Through SBC's Social Impact projects, business is contributing to national efforts to reduce youth unemployment and child poverty.

Welfare to work

Welfare to work is a business initiative addressing youth unemployment. Working closely with members, SBC has developed a set of guides and training initiatives that remove some of the main barriers vulnerable sole parents facing when returning to work. The suite of tools includes:

  • Discussion guides
  • Management training
  • Mentoring model for industry training organisations (ITOs).

The tools are being piloted at two member companies, Countdown and SKYCITY.

Figure 1. A coordinated solution

Support system that enables companies to improve their on-boarding processes for first-time workers.

Welfare to Work

Work Starter Internship

SBC has collaborated with industry training organisations (ITOs) on the Work Starter Internship that guides employees through the first three months of employment – the period when most new employment relationships with vulnerable young people fail.

Addressing the childcare gap

SBC has identified one of the main barriers to work for sole parents is access to affordable, flexible childcare. SBC and Barnados have joined to develop CareEd4, which was successful in getting Akina Foundation Contact Launchpad funding in 2014. Read more here.

Youth support initiative

SBC is working with the BusinessNZ Major Companies Group and the SBC Future Leaders' Alumni to identify other youth initiatives companies can collaborate on for greater impact.


In collaboration with

Participating members