Paid Volunteer Leave: Supporting our team to support others

We are proud to announce that Luminary now has a formal policy to support our team members in taking a day of leave each year to engage in volunteer work.

Tami Iseli

By Tami Iseli, 2 minute read

Luminary’s mission is to ‘Make digital bright and the human experience brighter’. As part of this mission, we’ve long held a commitment to encouraging community engagement and empowering team members to make a difference to the world we live in – both in and outside of work. 

It’s why we volunteer at, and donate to, Jodie O’Shea House – a children’s shelter in Bali. And it underpins initiatives like our tree planting days. Over the years, we’ve also supported individual team members in contributing their time during work hours to various charitable and educational organisations. However, until recently, this has taken place on an ‘ad hoc’ basis. 

Our approach to volunteering came under review last year when we were going through the assessment process to become a Certified B Corporation – and we are pleased to report that we have implemented more structure around our formal Paid Volunteer Leave Policy. This means that Luminary team members are entitled to – and encouraged to take – a full day of paid leave every calendar year to participate in volunteer work. 

What constitutes ‘volunteering’? 

Our Paid Volunteer Leave Policy defines volunteering as ‘time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain’. Relevant activities may include, but are not limited to, causes such as:

  • animal welfare
  • supporting children and youth 
  • disability services
  • education and training
  • environment
  • health
  • international aid/development, and
  • general community welfare.

Team members are encouraged to identify and participate in volunteering opportunities of their choice, provided that they don't conflict with their employment obligations or our policies and values. This could include activities like serving meals to those in need, working at a charity event, or tutoring or providing social support to children. 

Our policy in practice

Some of the recent volunteer activities that Luminary has supported include:

  • A developer attending his son’s school to teach basic principles of coding 
  • A digital marketing expert providing campaign support to an organisation whose aim is to lobby councils around Australia to make beaches wheelchair accessible
  • Preparing hampers with Foodbank of food and essentials for people in need.

As we further roll out and promote the policy we look forward to seeing this list grow, and continuing to make the human experience brighter. 🙌🏻

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