The Victoria Day Award for Public and Community Service by a Good Corporate Citizen
Awarded to Qenos
Qenos is an icon of Victorian manufacturing having celebrated its 50th year of operation in Altona in 2011. Every day in our homes, factories and farms, Australians rely on products made from the polymers and chemicals produced by Qenos.
Qenos encourages employees to volunteer their time to assist community members and organisations in need and to participate in community and charity events. Examples include:
Qenos assists health and welfare providers such as BreastWest and Western Health, Challenge, Camp Australia, the MAD Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Australia, Fight Cancer Foundation, the Salvation Army and the Children's Cancer Institute, amongst others.
- The Western Bulldogs Fresh Program, an alternative education service for young people, where Qenos's Graduate Network assist students seeking to complete senior secondary equivalent qualifications in a flexible and supportive environment.
- Some of Qenos's young chemists and engineers have participated in the Scientists in Schools program and our Accounting & Finance Department provides mentoring and support for the Victoria University Virtual Business Program and other educational forums.
- Qenos also provides financial support for Western Chances and Victoria University's Achievement Scholarships.
- Qenos sponsors some of its more adventurous employees who participate in various challenges to raise funds for charities, including the Variety Bash; the Great Victorian Bike Ride; the Alpine Challenge; the Ride to Conquer Cancer; and the International Chambers of Commerce World Football Cup.
- Qenos also contributes to the daily life of their local communities through sponsorship of sporting clubs and events, including the Altona Football Club Juniors and Seniors; Maroubra Saints; Altona Gators Basketball Club; Altona Life Saving Club, the Yarra Bay Fun Run; and charity golf days at Randwick and Kooringal.
The Qenos Women's Network sponsors several children at the Kibera Slum in Nairobi so that they can achieve through support and education with the Women for Women in Africa foundation.
Qenos also has an ongoing partnership with several groups seeking to raise funds to assist others in their local communities, while regularly supporting local cultural events such as the Rotary Club of Altona's Annual Art Exhibitions and the Substation.
Finally, Qenos regularly makes in-kind donations of surplus office furniture and equipment to a myriad of local charitable and other organisations and, in line with Qenos's Community Right to Know affiliation, Qenos opens its doors to local groups, universities and schools, industry representatives and other visitors to provide educational information and to showcase Qenos's people, plants and products.
The award was presented by the Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley to Mr Jonathan Clancy, the CEO of Qenos.
Mr. Michael Byrne of Linfox, last year's winner, then presented The Victoria Day Council/VECCI Chairman's Perpetual Shield to Qenos