Corporate responsibility

Strategy

Strategy

Navitas provides a detailed update on how it is progressing against its Corporate Responsibility Strategy at the end of each financial year.

Corporate Responsibility Goal

We show respect by celebrating, valuing and caring for people, our communities and the environment.

Corporate Responsibility Principles

  • Aligned with Navitas strategy and business objectives
  • Aligned to Navitas values, vision and mission
  • Evidence based and regularly measured and communicated
  • Delivering benefits to our people, customers, communities and the environment
  • Ethical and committed to quality

Community

Navitas Education Trust (NET)

Navitas Education Trust

The Navitas Education Trust (NET) was established in 2013 as a vehicle for Navitas to support charitable organisations and activities. Navitas has committed to provide annual funds to the NET, some of which will be used to support education based programs in partnership with charitable organisations and some of which will be invested to generate funds for future programs.

Education-oriented organisations are encouraged to apply to the NET by 15 February each year to be considered for a partnership. Applicants should base their submissions on the NET guidelines available below, and email their submissions to cr@navitas.com from 1 December of each year.

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Application guidelines can be found here.

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Current Partners

Classroom of Hope

Classroom of Hope

Classroom of Hope is an Australian-based non-profit organisation working to provide access to a quality education for poor and vulnerable children in Cambodia. The organisation only commenced operations in 2012, but in that time has made significant contributions to the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities by providing access to education. They achieve this through their core Schools for Excellence project – a program to help hundreds of primary school aged children reach and stay in school.

Navitas has partnered with Classroom of Hope since 2014. As a result of that partnership, seven schools across the Cambodian province of Battambang have received enhanced facilities and equipment, teacher training, and support. NET funding to Classroom of Hope has positively impacted more than 1,700 students and 58 teachers, enabled 210 scholarships to be awarded, delivered remedial classes to 220 children and life skills classes to 140 children to date.

To learn more, visit the Classroom of Hope website.

Room to Read

Room to Read

Room to Read, established in 2000, envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential, and contribute to their community and the world. They work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they will need to succeed in school and beyond.

Room to Read has partnered with Navitas since the inception of the NET in 2013. Navitas has supported the founding and construction of 32 libraries across Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Vietnam, supported the publication of four local language children books in Sri Lankan and Nepalese, and provided immediate support to Room to Read in their recovery and rebuild efforts to rehabilitate areas of Nepal following the tragic earthquakes in the nation in 2015.

To learn more, visit the Room to Read website.

Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN)

ABCN

ABCN is a partnership of national business leaders and companies working on mentoring programs for students from high needs schools. Since 2005, more than 10,000 mentors have participated in ABCN programs with schools in areas of high-need to broaden the horizons of students and support educators.

ABCN is one of two original partners of the NET. Since the relationship began, Navitas has provided 12 individual scholarships and a number of perpetual scholarships to bright high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The scholarship includes access to mentoring from senior leaders in the company over the full course of the scholarship, as well as funding for books, laptops, and basic needs. Navitas staff members across Australia have also volunteered hundreds of hours to the ABCN GOALS and SPARK programs; a six-month commitment to help high school and primary school students improve their skills at school and confidence and attitude to learning.

To learn more, visit the ABCN website.

Hagar

Hagar

Hagar is an international organisation committed to the protection, recovery and reintegration of women and children who have suffered severe human rights abuses. Hagar operates commercial and not-for-profit entities in pursuit of its mission – to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to restore a broken life.

Navitas joined forces with Hagar in 2014 to fund the Empower through Education Program (EEP) for women and children in Afghanistan that have experienced severe human rights abuses. The EEP provides Hagar’s clients with educational opportunities that range from basic literacy and numeracy, to ‘catch-up’ schooling for adolescents and women, participatory life skill learning, as well as general education for children. It also provides linkages to Hagar’s Empowering Women towards Economic Participation program – which provides work readiness training, internships, on-the-job training, and work placements.

To learn more, visit the Hagar website.

Plan International

Plan International

Plan International is a global organisation, working in more than 51 developing countries to provide children with access to basic rights like education, food, clean water, health, protection, play, and a good standard of living.

Working with Plan International in 2016 for the first time, NET funding will be used to develop infrastructure, training, and resources to support children with disabilities to learn alongside their able-bodied peers across 10 schools in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh has one of the largest primary education systems in the world but children with disabilities are often ostracised to the point of discontinuing their studies. This initiative will support these children to continue learning by enrolling them in school, providing teacher-training for inclusive education, and delivering maintenance and renovations to make the schools accessible.

To learn more, visit the Plan International website.

Chiedza Child Care Centre (CCCC)

Chiedza Child Care Centre

Also joining the NET family in 2016 is CCCC, a Zimbabwean organisation founded in 2001 by a group of concerned professionals, academics and business people in response to the escalating need to practical help for disadvantaged children in the region.

Chiedza’s initiatives will benefit boys and girls between nine and 15 who are orphaned, poor and vulnerable – and who either failed to start school by the age of nine, or dropped out of school before completing the first seven years of basic education. Within the secondary school-aged cohort there will be a particular focus on supporting girls to achieve their ‘O’ levels.

To learn more, visit the Chiedza Child Care Centre website.

FY 2016

Navitas also supported a number of other activities in the year, including:

  • Supporting more than 220 academic scholarships worth over $1.0m. Navitas also donated or raised funds totalling $90,000 in the year;
  • 77 employees volunteered 811 hours across Australia participating in primary and high school mentor programs in partnership with ABCN. An additional 805 staff and student hours were volunteered across a variety of other community based projects in the year;
  • More than 1,200 management hours were committed to support corporate responsibility activity in FY16;
  • Navitas continued to sponsor Yearn to Learn (Y2L), an established charity in Beijing, China which develops fully functional classrooms and therapeutic facilities for children in orphanages who do not have access to educational programs due to their disability, age, gender or circumstance;
  • Navitas supported Youth Focus, a Western Australian based not-for-profit organisation, to raise funds to prevent youth suicide.

Environment

Although Navitas has a network of more than 120 campuses and colleges around the world the majority of these are leased or owned by partners. Within this constraint Navitas aims to:

  • Ensure sustainability is included in design and construction guidelines, and where possible, all design materials will come from sustainable, low energy use resources;
  • Ensure that contractors used in construction and maintenance demonstrate sustainability credentials as part of tender or contract establishment; and
  • Introduce energy savings through the introduction of energy efficient equipment and education.

As a part of this sustainability strategy Navitas has:

  • commenced measurement of key environmental outputs such as energy usage and will report on these in future reports;
  • is supporting its staff at a college level by providing information about ways to reduce energy consumption; and
  • has commenced monitoring the generation of general waste at a college level, with the view of finding ways to improve waste management.

People

Navitas is committed to providing a safe and productive workplace for its more than 5,800 employees around the world and this year has reported on gender representation via its diversity section in the Corporate Governance report.

Navitas has recently taken steps to enhance its health and safety capabilities and is developing a new management system framework and policies to improve analysis and performance. In FY15 Navitas’ Australian operations reported:

Metric Performance
Fatalities 0
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) - number of lost time injuries per million hours worked 2.3
Prosecutions or Regulatory/Improvement notices 0

In addition, for many years Navitas has worked to provide a flexible and supportive workplace, introducing a number of policies such as flexible working arrangements, flexible leave arrangements, study assistance and a diversity policy.

Students, Clients and Partners

Student experience and outcomes

Student experience and outcomes

Navitas utilises a range of annual surveys and studies to monitor and ensure key academic performance indicators are met. External benchmarking involves comparing key academic performance indicators across Navitas colleges while internal benchmarking takes place between the individual colleges and their partner universities.

Within University Programs, pass rates and retention target rates (the rate of students moving from semester to semester) are set at >75%. In the 2014 calendar year both of these targets were exceeded.

Navitas routinely participates in global student surveys as a way of benchmarking our performance against the sector in all key countries. In the most recent i-graduate survey of more than 1.5 million students and 1,200 institutions globally Navitas scored well above the sector average in many areas including quality of teachers, course content, learning support and work experience. Results also indicate that student satisfaction with academic outcomes and support services has also been improving steadily for many years.

Furthermore, over the 2014-2015 financial year, there was continued delivery of strong student experience and academic outcomes including higher than 90% progression rates to university and retention rates of over 85% for University Programs, and continued improvement of Net Promoter Scores for Professional and English Programs, and SAE.

Additionally a Professional and English Programs English college was ranked number one globally for English language delivery in the 2013 i-graduate English Language Barometer survey of 17,000 students. Navitas English received the number one overall ranking, the highest ranking achievable, against 122 other institutions.

Navitas wealth distribution

Since 1995 total royalties paid to university partners have exceeded $1bn. In 2015, royalties paid to our university partners increased 15%.

As a leading global provider of education services Navitas plays a vital economic role in its communities. Annually wealth generated by Navitas is distributed as follows:

FY15 $m FY14 $m Change %
Operating revenue 980.3 878.2 12
Cost of services and other external costs (262.7) (214.2) 23
Total wealth created 717.6 664.0 8
Payments to university and consortia partners 174.7 159.0 10
Payments to teaching and academic staff 236.6 201.0 18
Payments to other employees 147.0 133.5 10
Payments to shareholders – dividends 73.4 73.2 0
Payments to governments – income taxes 39.6 32.1 23
Reinvested as depreciation, amortisation and retained earnings 46.3 65.2 (39)
Total wealth distributed 717.6 664.0 8
FY15 total wealth
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