Social Impact

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

Welfare to work

SBC's Welfare to work pilot wrapped up last year, having 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 disadvantaged.

Working closely with members, SBC has developed a set of guides and training initiatives that remove some of the  barriers single parents face when returning to work. The suite of tools includes:

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

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

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.

Figure 1. A coordinated solution

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

Welfare to Work

Addressing the childcare gap

SBC 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 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.

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