Corporate responsibility

Strategy

Navitas has a reputation as a socially responsible organisation. Importantly, this reputation sits alongside the Group’s commitment and track record of delivering high quality academic outcomes.

Navitas’ corporate responsibility strategy focuses on -

  • Our Communities
  • Our People
  • Our Environment
  • Our Customers

The strategy aligns with current business objectives and is also reflective of the significant interaction and involvement that Navitas and individual business units have had within their communities for many years.

The strategy is mutually beneficial, delivering benefits to global stakeholders and participants while bringing long-term benefits to Navitas and its shareholders.

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

The Leprosy Mission Australia

The Leprosy Mission Australia

The Leprosy Mission Australia (TLMA), was formed to raise awareness about leprosy and provide financial support to bring hope and healing to people affected by the disease.

With funding from the Navitas Education Trust, TLMA will continue to ensure children affected by leprosy and disability will have access to education.

With the support of Navitas, the reach of the TLMA scholarship program in Nepal will almost double. This means more than 330 children will be given access to an education.

A TLMA scholarship includes tuition, uniform and stationery costs, along with referrals for rehabilitation and further medical assistance.

To learn more, visit the Leprosy Mission Australia website.

Sharing Stories Foundation

Sharing Stories Foundation

The Sharing Stories Foundation work with Indigenous communities to protect, maintain and grow language, stories and cultural heritage through digital technologies and vibrant artistic art forms, for the benefit of all children today and future generations tomorrow.

Through funding from the Navitas Education Trust, the Sharing Stories Foundation will create 13 comprehensive teacher resources to support student engagement. This collection of vibrant, interactive and bilingual multi-touch books shares animated interpretations of Indigenous stories from across Australia. The series will be mapped to the Australian Curriculum to assist teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island perspectives.

To learn more, visit the Sharing Stories Foundation website.

KOTO

KOTO

KOTO aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam through its holistic hospitality training program.

Through the Navitas Education Trust, KOTO will receive funding over three years to assist 30 trainees with education, accommodation, healthcare and career support services. The partnership will empower this group of youths, to study hard and make the most of their opportunities, to become employable young adults, ready to inspire their community.

Over 800 disadvantaged Vietnamese youths have completed the KOTO traineeship program since its inception in 1999.

To learn more, visit the KOTO website.

Oaktree

Oaktree

Oaktree is a community of young people leading a movement to end poverty. With over 250,000 members, it is Australia’s largest youth-run organisation.

We have partnered with Oaktree, to support the ‘Inspiring Young Learners through Quality Education Program.’ The initiative aims to improve the quality of the teaching and learning environment for secondary students in Timor-Leste.

The current standard of secondary education in Timor-Leste is poor, with low rates of retention and student attendance. Many teachers don't have the training they need, often using rote learning methods and violent disciplines. As a result, students are graduating without developing the critical thinking and analytical skills that are essential for the uptake of tertiary education and employment.

NET funding will provide teacher training and mentoring to 120 teachers and assist in governance support across four schools. In addition to this, a shorter version of the course will also be provided for 100 teachers.

To learn more, visit the Oaktree website.

Assisi Aid Projects

Assisi Aid Projects

Funding from the NET will support Assisi’s Education and Skill Development Project, which works to improve the livelihood of 490 children aged 6-16 years across 15 tribal villages in Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu.

The Assisi project supported by Navitas will deliver an integrated health, education and life skills program to the Irular people, a tribal group whose villages are isolated from mainstream Indian society geographically, linguistically and culturally. The Irular people have high rates of illiteracy with many living below the poverty line.

The NET grant will see the project:

  • Increase education levels and life skills for 490 disadvantaged children;
  • Establish 15 parent groups and increase parental participation in child development;
  • Provide skills training for parents to increase their household income;
  • Increase community understanding of women’s rights to address the institutional barriers to equal opportunity.

To learn more, visit the Assisi Aid Projects website.

Classroom of Hope

Classroom of Hope

Navitas has partnered with Classroom of Hope since 2014 and together we have created seven child-friendly schools. After completion of the first seven schools, Navitas has continued support in rural parts of Cambodia and we are currently creating another four schools over the next couple of years and also building a brand new school.

The Child-friendly schools projects have impacted a total of 3,226 students, 86 teachers and awarded 420 scholarships. Navitas has generously partnered with Classroom of Hope for the new STEM4Women program where we are providing ten young women and girls with tertiary scholarships to study in the STEM fields in Cambodia and Thailand. These scholarships are for two years and our intention is to assist these young women/girls into jobs in the STEM areas in Cambodia after they become qualified so they can become thriving citizens of their countries.

To learn more, visit the Classroom of Hope 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.

We began working with Plan International in 2016 and have now extended the partnership to continue to support the ‘Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities Bangladesh Project.’

According to Plan International, an unequal education system, rigid curriculum, lack of parental engagement, and inadequate teacher training has meant over 2.6 million of the most marginalised and excluded children in Bangladesh, especially children with disabilities, either do not attend school or drop out.

NET funding will be used to provide resources for mobile libraries, teacher training, direct parental support and enrolment campaigns for children with disabilities so they can learn alongside their able-bodied peers across 10 schools in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

To learn more, visit the Plan International website.

Chiedza Child Care Centre (CCCC)

Chiedza Child Care Centre

The Chiedza Child Care Centre (CCCC) was founded in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2001 with the mission to support and care for vulnerable children.

Our partnership began with CCCC began in 2016 and NET funding continues to provide access to education for primary and secondary aged young people in urban and rural communities in Zimbabwe. The project benefits youth who dropped out of school before completing the first seven years of basic education. Within the secondary school-aged cohort there is also a particular focus on supporting girls to achieve their ‘O’ levels.

To learn more, visit the Chiedza Child Care Centre 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.

In 2016, the NET granted funding to ABCN for two new Navitas-named scholarships, to be awarded to high performing but disadvantaged Year 10 students through their final years of high school and first year of tertiary education in Australia. The scholarships provide financial support over a three-year period, along with corporate mentoring, workshops and program delivery.

In FY17, 51 employees volunteered 467 hours across Australia participating in primary and high school mentoring programs in partnership with ABCN.

To learn more, visit the ABCN 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.

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.

Other community initiatives in 2017

Navitas also supported a number of other community activities through FY17, including:

  • Providing more than 185 academic scholarships worth over $1.8 million;
  • Donating or raising over $20k for a variety of community causes; and
  • Committing more than 800 management hours to support corporate responsibility activities.

Environment

Ensuring environmental awareness and sustainability

Most of Navitas’ global network of more than 120 campuses and colleges 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:

  • Has continued to improve measurement of key environmental outputs such as energy usage;
  • Is supporting its staff at a college level by providing information about ways to reduce energy consumption; and
  • Has continued to improve the monitoring of waste generation at a college level, with the view of finding ways to improve waste management.

People

Supporting our people and being a good employer

Navitas was built on a desire to support a diverse group of students to succeed in their tertiary studies overseas. Today, this important sentiment of unity and camaraderie is still alive and represented in Navitas’ diverse employee, student and partner base. It is also echoed in the way that Navitas operates – we are proud to celebrate what makes us unique.

Navitas is committed to providing a safe and productive workplace for its more than 8,200 employees around the world, and continued to report strong results on gender representation and workplace safety in FY17.

Navitas promotes a workplace that recognises and embraces the skills, characteristics and experiences that people bring to the Group. Accordingly, a diversity strategy is in place that outlines measurable objectives to achieve gender diversity within the Group:

Target FY17 performance
Non-Executive Director ratio of 50% male and 50% female Male 57%, female 43%
At least 50% of the next senior executive* appointments desirably should be female with appropriate skills and attributes Male 65%, female 35%
At least 50% of all employees should be female with appropriate skills and attributes (given our targets were exceeded, we propose a new benchmark) Male 37%, female 63%

*Senior executives for the purposes of the above table are defined as members of the Navitas Leadership Team, the Senior Management Team, the Executive General Management (EGM) and the senior direct reports to the EGM of the operating Divisions in total approximately 160 employees.

As at 30 June 2017, the proportion of men and women employed by the Navitas Group in Australia is set out in the table below.

Position Men Women
Non-Executive Directors 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
Senior Managers 91 (61%) 59 (39%)
Full time Permanent Employees 545 (41%) 773 (59%)
Full time Contract Employees 57 (38%) 94 (62%)
Part time Permanent Employees 177 (26%) 515 (74%)
Part time Contract Employees 44 (49%) 46 (51%)

Navitas’ Diversity Policy is available at www.navitas.com/corporate/investors

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 FY17 Navitas’ Australian operations reported:

Metric FY17 FY16
Fatalities 0 0
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) - number of lost time injuries per million hours worked 0.95 2.27
Prosecutions or Regulatory/Improvement notices 0 0

Navitas’ Wellness, Health and Safety (WHS) program continues the focus on protecting and enhancing health and wellness for everyone who works, learns or visits with Navitas in FY17. Navitas has approved the WHS Strategy 2017-2020, which will drive WHS improvements through four strategic focus areas:

  • People, Capability and Culture;
  • Keeping Staff and Students Safe;
  • Workplace Injury & Illness Support Programs; and
  • Promoting Physical & Mental Wellness.

Students, Clients and Partners

Student experience and outcomes

Ensuring positive outcomes for students, clients and partners

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 the University Partnerships Division, pass rates and retention rates (the rate of students moving from semester to semester) are at greater than 75%. In the 2016 calendar year, both targets were exceeded, with average pass rates of 82%, retention rates of 87% and progression to partner rates of 94%.

Navitas wealth distribution

Navitas also plays a vital economic role in its communities. In FY17 wealth generated by Navitas was distributed as follows:

wealth distribution
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