Amanda MarshallNational Finance Manager & Company Secretary
Mazda Australia (MA) aims to contribute to the local community in a responsible and genuine way, via corporate sponsorship programs. MA also supports community-based programs and organizations through the Mazda Foundation Australia. MA employees are encouraged to participate in and support corporate social responsibility activities so that they have an opportunity to contribute to the community in a meaningful way.
To support environmental initiatives
MA sponsors the efforts of the Aurora Vehicle Association to develop practical solar vehicles.
The association participated in the World Solar Challenge, and MA donated money and a BT-50 vehicle.
To contribute to local health care and give employees opportunities to participate in local volunteer activities
MA supports the Royal Children's Hospital through the "Run For the Kids" running event held by the hospital every year in April. The money raised by this event goes toward vital research, facilities and equipment at the hospital.
- MA and its suppliers formed a team of over 40 participants competing in the run.
- MA donated money for this event and presented a Mazda2 for the first runner to complete the course.
- MA employees participated in and helped run the event as volunteers.
To contribute to the local community and promote employees' participation in volunteer activities
MA employees come to work in casual clothing every Friday and participate in a fundraiser as part of "Casual Dress Day." Money raised is donated to various local charity groups.
Money raised was donated to the Royal Children's Hospital, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the "Movember" charitable campaign to raise awareness of cancers specific to men, and other local charity groups.
To promote sports
MA is the major sponsor of the North Melbourne Football Club team and the New South Wales Waratahs rugby team.
MA donated money and lent 45 vehicles.
- North Melbourne Football Club: Open training sessions for customers, pre-match games for dealers and Corporate seats
- New South Wales Waratahs: Corporate seats
To support arts and culture
MA has provided support for Art Exhibitions Australia for 12 years as a premium sponsor and for Opera Australia for eight years, sponsoring free-of-charge outdoor performances.
MA sponsored the art exhibition "Picasso art expo" held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
MA donated money to Opera Australia allowing an audience of approximately 500,000 people to attend performances in Sydney and Melbourne.
To support recovery and relief efforts in Queensland
MA, its dealers and MA employees donated money to the initiative to help those affected by the devastating flood occurred in Queensland in January 2011.
Mazda Foundation Australia (MFA), established in August 1990, has been providing funds to various initiatives, including education, environmental conservation, technology promotion, and welfare. It has contributed $A 6.8 million since its establishment.
To support children and young people
MA supports various activities through the MFA.
MFA supported the Reach Foundation (Support for education to a young people), the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (Support for food education in a school) and the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation which provide various programs for young people.