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Data centre invests in community engagement programs

NEXTDC has partnered with charities and engagement programs to promote long-term community commitment

Australia’s largest data centre-as-service company has announced a new corporate social responsibility program committed to helping charities and the community.

On top of providing its staff with additional paid Volunteer Days, technology company, NEXTDC, has partnered with community organisations to renew commitment to a series of social engagement programs, for both the company and its staff.

CEO of NEXTDC, Craig Scroggie, said: “NEXTDC is very proud to launch the ‘Live to Give’ program. Companies can do more than just make money, they can give back to the community and use their success to improve our society. It’s a great honour to be able to commit to supporting these amazing organisations.”

NEXTDC has partnered with The Smith Family as part of this initiative and will donate $50,000 and promote staff volunteering and mentoring programs.

As part of this partnership, NEXTDC is supporting the ‘Learning for Life’ program which provides early intervention and long-term support to over 38,000 disadvantaged students and families across Australia.

Head of Philanthropy at The Smith Family, Judge Barraclough, said: “The Smith Family is delighted to welcome NEXTDC as our newest corporate partner.

“Our partnership will embrace the power of education to support children from disadvantaged communities. Together with NEXTDC, we are investing in the futures of these young Australians.”

The initiatives are core to supporting NEXTDC’s vision of ‘improving our society through the advancement of technology’, and demonstrate its commitment to leveraging business success and staff to enhance and improve community engagement.

NEXTDC has also become a member of the global Pledge 1% corporate social responsibility initiative, allowing the world’s companies to give back to communities by donating one per cent of equity, one per cent of profit and one per cent of employee time to do better work in the community.

Scott Farquhar, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian, said: “We are thrilled that NEXTDC has joined the Pledge 1% movement and is committed to sharing its success with the community.

“Employees, shareholders, customers, and the community all benefit when a company builds giving back into its DNA. It’s one of the best decisions we ever made.”

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