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.
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
Navitas Education Trust (NET)
Drawing inspiration from the Navitas purpose of transforming lives through education, the Navitas Education Trust (NET) provides support to charitable organisations with an education focus to bring about change where it is most needed.
Since 2013, Navitas has contributed annual funds to the NET; assisting numerous world-wide education-based projects. These projects, in turn, have helped many people gain better access to education, improved the quality of offerings, and contributed to teacher training and infrastructure.
Lille Fro: INDIA
Founded in 2008, Lille Fro Foundation (Lille Fro) is a hands-on Australian charity that, through education, is helping to break the cycle of generational poverty for the lowest income groups in remote parts of the world.
NET funding will be supporting Lille Fro in the construction of Little Seeds House; a community hostel project aimed at providing access to education for children from the remotest parts of Zanskar, India. The first project of its kind in the region, it addresses an urgent need to remove the barriers of entry to the education system for marginalised indigenous children. The new hostel will provide disability-inclusive accommodation and boarding facilities for between 64 and 80 children. To learn more, visit Lille Fro's website.
Know One Teach One (KOTO): VIETNAM
NET is supporting KOTO to help transform the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam via its holistic hospitality training program. Through the Navitas Education Trust, KOTO received funding 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, and to become employable young adults, ready to inspire their community. To learn more, visit the KOTO website.
Assisi Aid Projects: Tamil Nadu, INDIA
Funding from the NET is supporting Assisi’s Education and Skill Development Project, which works to improve the livelihood of children aged 6-16 years across 15 tribal villages in Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu. The project will deliver an integrated health, education and life skills program to the Irular people; a tribal group isolated from mainstream Indian society geographically, linguistically and culturally. The Irular people have high rates of illiteracy, with many living below the poverty line. To learn more, visit the Assisi website.
Sharing Stories Foundation: AUSTRALIA
The Sharing Stories Foundation works with Indigenous communities to protect, maintain and grow language, stories and cultural heritage through digital technologies and vibrant artistic art forms. Through funding from the NET, the Sharing Stories Foundation is creating comprehensive teacher resources to support student engagement. This collection of vibrant, interactive and bilingual multi-touch books will include animations of Indigenous stories from across Australia. The series will be mapped to the Australian Curriculum to assist with the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island perspectives. To learn more, visit the Sharing Stories website.
The Oaktree Foundation: TIMOR-LESTE
The Oaktree Foundation 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 receive the training they need. NET funding is contributing to the provision of teacher training and mentoring, and assisting with governance support across four schools. A shorter version of the training course will be provided to an additional 100 teachers. To learn more, visit the Oaktree website.
The Leprosy Mission Australia (TLMA): NEPAL
Funding provided to TLMA from the NET will contribute to ensuring children affected by leprosy and disability have access to education. With the support of the NET, the reach of the TLMA scholarship program in Nepal will almost double. This means more than 330 children will have 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 website.
Classroom of Hope: CAMBODIA and THAILAND
Having already partnered with Classroom of Hope on a previous project (see below), the NET is now contributing to the new STEM4Women program, which will provide ten young women and girls with tertiary scholarships to study in STEM fields in Cambodia and Thailand. The two-year scholarships include providing employment assistance to recipients in STEM after they qualify. To learn more, visit the Classroom of Hope website.
NET is also providing continued support to the following programs:
- Rotary Australia; the Chiedza Child Care Centre, for the provision of access to education for primary and secondary aged children in Zimbabwe
- Plan International; to deliver infrastructure, training and resources to support children with disabilities in Dhaka, Bangladesh
- The Australian Business Community Network (ABCN); scholarships to support high-performing but disadvantaged year 10 students in Australia
- Classroom of Hope; to support activities in primary schools in rural Cambodia that improve education access and quality
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.
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:
|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.
|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:
|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
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: