At Watermark, we recognise that our business is part of a wider community, both locally and globally. As such, we believe that we have a responsibility to try and make a difference to more than just our bottom line.
Just like our company, our philanthropic history stretches back over 150 years. Today, we constantly strive to make the most of the opportunities we have as an organisation by providing assistance where possible and putting into practice our belief in a more environmentally sustainable future.
We appreciate that the legal expertise we hold within our company is a valuable commodity and that this is one the best ways that we can give something back. "Pro bono" is a term that is used to describe the provision of services for no fee, or at a reduced fee. Through pro bono work, Watermark has the opportunity to assist disadvantage persons or organisations, providing legal services they could not otherwise afford.
Our lawyers and attorneys have gained a great deal of satisfaction through assisting not-for-profit organisations with the management of their intellectual assets including:
The Snowdome Foundation (Snowdome) was set up in Australia in late 2009 with the primary focus of raising funds for research and local clinical trials to deliver new and advanced therapies to patients in Australia with blood cancers (lymphoma, leukaemia and multiple myeloma).
We are pleased to announce Amanda Jones, Principal of Watermark, has been appointed to the Board of Snowdome Foundation. Amanda is joined by two other recent appointments including Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne and Neil Carabine, Partner, Mallesons.
Snowdome identified an unmet need in the treatment of blood cancers and a gap in access to new therapies for Australian patients. Currently, access to new therapies in Australia is by recruitment into multi centre clinical trials that are typically sponsored by global pharmaceutical companies. While this is a valid model there can be limited opportunity for recruitment of patients in Australia.
Through the efforts of its Steering Committee and its CEO, Snowdome is already supporting a number of local clinical trials led by very experienced Australian experts who are global leaders in this ground breaking area of blood cancer. It is hoped that the innovative approach taken by Snowdome will translate to new paradigms of treatment for patients with blood cancers. Watermark is proud to support Snowdome by providing office accommodation for the foundation and pro bono IAM services. To find out more about the foundation please visit: SnowdomeFoundation.com.
The SOAP AID™ project is the brainchild of Concept Amenities Pty Ltd, a manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly bath and body products for the hotel and hospitality industry. The SOAP AID project was launched in Australia in July 2012 and aims to improve sanitation for many people around the globe who are impoverished and suffer from hygiene related illnesses.
Every day, thousands of hotels around the world discard millions of pieces of soap, which often ends up in already overflowing landfills. By collecting waste soap from hotels worldwide, reprocessing it to make new bars of soap and distributing the soap to where it is most needed in impoverished countries, the SOAP AID initiative can help make a significant contribution - protecting the environment and potentially saving countless human lives through improved sanitation. To learn more about Soap Aid please visit: SoapAid.org.
New Day Box aims to give boxes filled with goodies to women living in domestic violence crisis accommodation in Victoria over the Christmas period. In an effort to make the festive season special for children living in crisis accommodation, mothers are sometimes overlooked. The team at New Day Box aims to send a message of support with a gift to open during the festive season.
Watermark's staff and clients, Concept Amenities, Ferndale Confectionery and The Sussan Group, contributed 42 boxes to the collection. For more information and to find out how you can get involved please visit: New Day Box.
St Laurence Community Services Inc. is a community based, not-for-profit organisation providing support services to a range of people and communities in southern and western Victoria, Australia.
St Laurence provides services including residential aged care, home based support services for the aging, supported housing and services for individuals with disabilities, access to respite care and day therapy services, programs to assist with life skills and employment and recruitment services.
The mission of St Laurence is to help people help themselves. For more information visit the St Laurence website.
Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation was created to bring awareness to organ and tissue donation and to think about those people that are waiting for a life saving operation. Zaidee's aims including encouraging discussions among families regarding organ donation.
Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, just to live. For more information please visit: Zaidee.org
BrainLink Services is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by acquired disorders of the brain and providing support to their families and carers.
Some of these conditions include stroke, head injuries, brain tumour and progressive neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Motor Neurone disease and Huntington’s disease. For more information please visit: BrainLink.org.au
Young People in Nursing Homes works with young people living in or at risk of entry into nursing homes or aged care facilities as well as their families and carers.
These young people have an acquired disability with complex support needs that often bridge the aged care, disability, health, housing and community services sectors. For information please visit: ypinh.org.au
We have a Corporate Charity Committee that selects recipients for our annual charitable donations, and all employees are invited to nominate causes that they feel particularly passionately about. We aim to help charities both at home and abroad.
Seasons Greetings Cards
Watermark's Season's Greetings cards are supplied by Charity Greeting Cards. Since 1999, Charity Greeting Cards have been helping businesses and individuals send cards and ecards while also helping charities, 20c from every dollar spent goes to a nominated charity. What happens to greeting cards after the festive season? Often they are thrown away. Ecards have the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. In 2014, Watermark supported Kids Helpline and The Heart Foundation.
The Mirabel Foundation works specifically with children orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use. Mirabel believes that every child deserves a childhood. Working with this vulnerable group of children is a proactive way to begin breaking the cycle of addiction. Support for The Mirabel Foundation provides vital assistance and opportunities to some of the most vulnerable children in our community.
World Vision Linking Hands
World Vision is partnering with Indigenous communities in projects to transform the lives of children and families. Linking Hands supporters offers an opportunity to help eliminate Indigenous disadvantage, offering Indigenous communities the opportunity for a brighter future.
The Fred Hollows Foundation
The Fred Hollows Foundation was established in 1992 with the aim of continuing and expanding on the work Fred Hollows had started in Eritrea, Vietnam and Indigenous Australia. The Foundation now works throughout Africa, Asia (South and South East) and Australia, focusing on blindness prevention and Australian Indigenous health. Through reducing the cost of cataract operations to as little as $25 in some developing countries, we have helped to restore the sight of more than 1,000,000 people worldwide.
Redkite supports children and their families through cancer by providing financial assistance, emotional support and help with education.
Engineers Without Borders Australia
Engineers Without Borders Australia works in partnership with disadvantaged communities, both in Australia and overseas, to provide locally generated grassroots engineering programs which offer sustainable solutions to issues preventing development, such as access to drinking water, sanitation, energy and waste systems.
Royal Flying Doctor Service
The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, it delivers extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia.
Beyond Blue work to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.
Médecins Sans Frontières
An international organisation offering medical humanitarian aid.
Assisting children in developing countries.
We encourage and support fundraising activities for specific community organisations, causes, programs or projects. Employees can volunteer to coordinate and be involved in a fundraising activity and we have a long history of involvement in events such as Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, raising money for cancer research.
Watermark proudly supports Vinnie's CEO Sleep Out
CEO's all over Australia spent one night sleeping outside of their warm beds and homes in order to raise awareness of the thousands of homeless people who sleep like this most nights.
Watermark was proud to support it's clients Ms Sue Ismiel, CEO of Sue Ismiel and Daughters (Nads hair removal products) and Mr Steve Clarke, Group CEO & Managing Director of ASKIN Performance Panels, and our own Karen Sinclair, Chairman and Principal of Watermark, who participated in this wonderful initiative.
All funds raised will directly assist people experiencing homelessness. Vinnies aims to break the cycle for such people, by providing education so that they can make better decision about their life, referral services and safe environments to help them along.
For more information, see the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout website.
Watermark understands the importance of sharing our knowledge and experience by way of Board memberships. We encourage our employees to volunteer for positions on Boards and Committees in order to contribute something back to the industry which has helped their professional development along the way. Watermark staff currently serving on Boards are:
Our Employee Volunteering program allows every employess two paid days each year to donate their time to a community initiative of their choosing.
For example, a large group of employees volunteered as part of the clean-up operation following the Victorian bush fires in 2009, after being touched by the tragic stories of a Watermark colleague who hid with her grandchildren in a wine cellar. They were set to work assisting in the rebuilding of fences, coming away overwhelmed by the scale of the job ahead but heartened by the fantastic spirit of those affected.
Watermark is committed to corporate sustainability. We have a Committee who are dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of our business processes, such as: recycling paper, printer cartridges, plastic, glass and other waste; adopting green energy practices and green cleaning services suppliers; and ensuring that the goods and services we buy use sound employment and environmentally friendly practices.