Community Empowerment

The responsible businesses listed here are active in their commitment to corporate social responsibility, they do this because it is the right thing to do. By sharing best practice they encourage and inspire others to do the same thereby creating greater opportunities within their own business and the wider community. By being listed together along with community organisations it makes it easier to find opportunities and develop partnerships and share knowledge.


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Our contributions target critical societal issues and leverage our employees’ talent and expertise, as well as our technologies. IBM’s strategic business priorities are tightly aligned with our social responsibility efforts. Both are focused on making the systems that facilitate life such as water, energy, food, and transportation more efficient, accessible and sustainable. Because we have so methodically aligned our service efforts to our areas of business expertise, we are able to engage longer and more meaningfully — including efforts to improve education, healthcare, disaster response, water and food, jobs and economic growth, and urbanisation. Website:

Nga Tanagata Microfinance Trust

Nga Tangata Microfinance Trust’s vision is to alleviate poverty by building a more just and equitable society through promoting economic and social wellbeing. Our contribution towards the achievement of this is by advocating for, and providing safe fair and affordable loans at nil interest or fees, that are community focused and that strengthen the financial independence of the most vulnerable. Website:

Community Comms Collective

Getting to the heart of the matter.Our vision: Connected communities for a stronger New Zealand. Our mission: Volunteering our skills and time to help the community sector communicate more effectively. Our values: Give a boost | Step up | Keep it simple | Have fun.
Scentre Group

Scentre Group

Scentre Group’s Westfield centres are  committed to engaging and enriching the communities in which it operates. Our approach to corporate responsibility involves actively supporting hundreds of community initiatives through its shopping centres. While the programmes for each local area and country may vary, at the heart of Westfield’s community efforts is helping children to develop and grow. Website:

GoodCompany NZ

GoodCompany NZ

GoodCompany helps to build online tools for individuals, corporates and charities to engage in impact-driven workplace giving programmes.  The tools we build help donors to identify the most meaningful way to give to causes that they are passionate about – whether it be donations, payroll giving, general or skills-based volunteering or fundraising. We also provide the support systems to make giving opportunities easier for charities and corporates.

Film for Change

Film for Change

Film for Change exists to support people who are busy making a difference in the world. We believe short films are a powerful tool to support social missions, so we co-create and distribute them. Through better storytelling and increased awareness of people making a difference in Aotearoa, we aim to increase volunteers, beneficiaries and capital in the charity and social enterprise sectors.

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Auckland Communities Foundation

Auckland Communities Foundation is a donor services organisation which enables philanthropic giving to be made to maximum effect in the Auckland region.  We match generous people with worthy organisations.  Community Foundations, to date are the fastest growing form of philanthropy in the world, they establish endowment funds so income can be used in perpetuity to address issues of the day. Website:


The Ākina Foundation

Ākina is a social enterprise incubator focused on supporting new solutions to social and environmental challenges. We are a national leader in social enterprise thinking and practise. We work with social entrepreneurs at the start-up stage, or established organisations seeking to develop new initiatives, and provide them with the support they need to turn a powerful idea into a viable social venture.  Website:

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Do you have a deep yearning to transform the lives of the most disempowered people on our planet whilst bringing out the best in your team? Acting for good will enrich your life and create genuine engagement, helping retain your top talent. Find out more with our videos here.                                                   Website:

The Warehouse

The Warehouse

The Warehouse Group is a nationwide retail chain, the three largest businesses being The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, and Noel Leeming. Founded by Sir Stephen Tindall over 30 years ago, the business has a long history of  supporting community groups throughout New Zealand and commitment to sustainability.

YWCA Auckland

YWCA Auckland

YWCA Auckland is part of the world’s largest women’s organisation, a global network of 25 million women leading social and economic change in over 125 countries worldwide. We have a proud heritage of providing FREE community programmes in Auckland for 130 years. These programmes deliver on our mission: to not rest until every woman is able to fulfil her potential.We are driven to provide women the opportunity to realise a better future.        Website:



At Vodafone we are committed to being a good corporate citizen by doing the right things for our community, our environment and our people. We produce an annual Corporate Responsibility report specifically for New Zealand which outlines how we’re doing on these commitments. Website:



OUTLineNZInc. offers a free nationwide telephone support, helpline and counselling service to the LGBTIQ (Rainbow) Community staffed by trained volunteers. We also offer ‘face to face’ counselling either at our offices or via SKYPE for people outside Auckland staffed by fully qualified counsellors at reduced rates dependent on a person’s financial situation .

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New Zealand Rugby

Making a meaningful contribution to New Zealand society beyond 80 minutes of rugby is a responsibility New Zealand Rugby takes very seriously.  Our commitments to doing the right thing revolve around the safety and welfare of those involved in the game; backing the Official Charity of New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks – Cure Kids; supporting rugby to make a difference when Kiwis most need it, and doing our bit to help the environment.   

Flight Centre

Flight Centre

The Flight Centre NZ Foundation is the heart of Flight Centre New Zealand’s corporate and social responsibility platform. Operating on quarterly funding rounds, applications for sponsorship can be submitted directly online. Flight Centre NZ is committed to giving back to our communities via the Flight Centre NZ Foundation’s work. Website:

Kiwi Karma

Kiwi Karma

Kiwikarma is a new website for Kiwis who want to raise money for worthy charities by booking their accommodation through Kiwi Karma. We donate 3% of your booking to the charity you choose, and at no extra cost to you. We are a Wellington based company run by Craig Crestani, who is the New Zealand Vice President of SKAL. Website:

Deaf Aotearoa NZ

As the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand we create opportunities that inspire Deaf people to attain their aspirations. We provide service coordination, employment support, information and advice to the Deaf community and run customised New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Awareness courses for the corporate sector. Our mission is Access, Awareness and Advancement to strengthen the rights of Deaf people.                        Website:

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HELP provides professional and specialised support services to sexual abuse survivors. Supporting the community since 1982, HELP works to empower women and children recovering from the effects of abuse and educates the community on preventing sexual abuse in the future.                                  Website:

Mothers Network

Mothers Network Wellington

Mothers Network Wellington organises facilitated discussion groups for mums throughout Wellington.  Supporting mums since 1982, our groups offer mums the chance to speak honestly about their experiences with other mothers in a supportive environment that enables them to build long term connections in their community.



Resene is New Zealand’s largest privately owned paint manufacturer,  proudly NZ owned and operated since1946.  We enjoy sponsoring creative and sustainability focused community events and initiatives.  We have a strong commitment to sustainability, including our extensive range of Environmental Choice approved paints and Resene PaintWise paint recovery and recycling programme, which also provides paint to communities to cover graffiti.


Pablos Art Studio

Pablos Art Studios Inc. provides quality and credible art opportunities for individuals who have experienced mental illness.  Our aim is to build confidence and support personal growth and independence through individual artistic development and challenges.  We create an environment that acknowledges career, personal and social needs and encourages connections and a sense of value for our artists within the broader community.


Chorus is New Zealand’s largest telecommunications utility company and continues its long heritage of building and looking after the country’s fixed line telecommunications network now and for generations to come. Some of our 4,000 street cabinets get tagged, we have a cabinet art programme working with local artists, communities and councils to turn then into works of art all can enjoy.

White Ribbon

White Ribbon

White Ribbon is a global campaign led by men who condemn violence against women and want to take action. You can be that change by supporting White Ribbon and joining with other men so that together we can create a new norm of non-violence in New Zealand.  Website:

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Big Buddy

Big Buddy recruits, screens and trains male mentors, matching them with fatherless boys in ideally, lifelong relationships. A simple concept with profound implications in healing the social fabric of our communities. Our dream is every fatherless boy in New Zealand needing a father figure will actually have one and in the process we build a better world. 

Annah Stretton

Annah Stretton

Stretton Group is a leading New Zealand fashion design and publishing company. Owner, Annah Stretton is zealous about empowering women through the clothes she designs, the magazines she edits and the businesses she runs and collaborates with. Her passion flows throughout her company, she also ensures her brand has a strong heart; supporting a wide range of community groups and organisations.

Logan Brown

Logan Brown

Logan Brown is a Wellington restaurant and bar, well known for its consistently high standards, we continue to strive for excellence. Not just in the food and service we deliver, but also in the way we contribute to, and participate in, our community. We enjoy sponsoring sports as much as the arts and its always gratifying to support many charities, social causes and local fundraisers. Website:

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Wesley Community Action

Passionate about social change– we don’t separate helping  individuals in need from seeking wider social, political and economic transformation. Biased– we believe all people are valued and have a bias towards those with the least voice or power. We work to empower communities. Practical–we get stuck in where we see a need and work from a ‘Strengths Based’ ethos.

 Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa is the lead organisation that advocates for all people living in New Zealand to have access to and participation in the arts. We work with the community and professional arts sectors that include people with physical, sensory or intellectual impairments and mental health users.

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Vincents  Art Workshop

Vincents Art Workshop is a place of learning and creativity, which contributes to healthy communities. Vincents Art Workshop is an essential social service set up as a result of Government policies of deinstitutionalisation from psychiatric hospitals since 1985. It is a community based initiative providing access to arts and craft facilities, skilled tuition, and materials within a supportive environment. Website: