SHELL Australia has announced increased funding to support education across Australia.
Over the next three years the company plans to give $15 million across 23 organisations supported under its social investment program; 10 of these operate in Western Australia, including the David Wirrpanda Foundation and the ICEA Foundation.
Shell Australia is focused on supporting education through its social investment program – particularly in science and technology – through national and state and territory initiatives. Shell country chair Ann Pickard said education was critical to opening up choices in life.
“It enables youth to seize opportunities, helping them to fulfil their potential,” she said.
“Arguably, business success is not simply about turning a profit. Shell firmly believes our long-term success depends on being able to strike the right balance between economic growth, care for the environment and equitable social development.”
Speaking on behalf of the 23 community organisations supported under the funding, chief executive of Indigenous Community Volunteers Stephanie Harvey said education and training was key to strengthening disadvantaged communities.
“Each of these 23 organisations knows that it will take time to make a long-term, sustainable difference in our respective communities,” she said.
“From ICV’s perspective, Shell’s support comes at a critical point in time; now more than ever we need to be listening and working closely together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to build a stronger future together.”