Lifting the Living Standards of Aotearoa SBC members are passionate about improving the quality of life of employees Current MahiSBC members are collectively improving the living standards of workers and employees through fair wages and employment practices, such as pay parity initiatives and generous parental leave policies.The 2022 Thriving People will focus on lifting the living standards of Aotearoa. We will be exploring three key areas; living/sustainable wage, pay parity and parental leave. This series will be practical, learning from members who have implemented work in these areas along with guidance documents to support you and your organisation on the journey.Previous MahiWelfare to workBusinesses have an interest in ensuring a diverse and productive workforce and healthy society. Through SBC’s Social Impact projects, business is collectively increasing their positive impact on communities in which they work.SBC's Welfare to work pilot, helped nine single parents find full-time work in Auckland. The project gave SBC some important insights into the challenges young job seekers face, especially the most excluded and disadvantage.The next phase of the programme is already underway, following a co-design workshop with members and stakeholders. A package of supports to build member capability is being designed. SBC is focusing on building a strong relationship with the government, developing a candidate pool that our members can access. We are also broadening our approach to involve more members, particularly those operating in the regions.Addressing the childcare gapSBC has identified one of the main barriers to work for single parents is access to affordable and flexible childcare.SBC and Barnardos partnered to develop CareEd4, a high quality childcare and education service that is fully responsive to the needs of working parents. It offers a more flexible, affordable and accessible childcare service, which available when parents need it.The project was successful in getting Akina Foundation Contact Launchpad funding in 2014. Read more here.Work Starter InternshipSBC 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.Youth support initiativeSBC 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.