With approximately 90% of our workforce based outside of capital cities we are committed to supporting regional and remote communities. Our employees and their families have developed strong networks in regional areas, through their school, social and sporting affiliations. Supporting the communities in which we work extends to project work and we regularly donate structural steel or work in kind on construction projects in support of worthy causes. In this way we have supported Ronald McDonald House, Barossa Enterprises and the Salvation Army and many other organisations that improve the lives of people in need.
OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY FOCUS
Ahrens commenced operations as part of a small community in the Barossa Valley, relying on its support for the survival of the business. The Ahrens family has remained grateful for this support ever since and has been committed to giving back to the community whenever possible.
Our commitment to having a positive and meaningful impact on the communities in which we operate remains strong. Ahrens supports community events, grass-roots sporting groups and local causes through sponsorship, donations and in-kind contributions. Our employees also enthusiastically and actively participate in monthly fundraisers.
We actively encourage our employees to support their local communities through our annual Employee Donation Scheme. Under this giving program, all employees are invited to nominate charities or community organisations that they are passionate about. Other employees then vote for the charity they most wish to support and a donation is made on their behalf.
In addition to supporting numerous charities and not-for-profit organisations, we are committed to ongoing major sponsorships with the National Heart Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Our long-term association with the Heart Foundation, as Gold Sponsor of the Paint the Town Red Ball, has led to us awarding an annual grant to a young heart researcher. Our commitment to the Royal Flying Doctor Service is in recognition of the important health service it provides to those living in regional and remote areas of Australia, where many of our employees and their families are based.