Buildcorp’s very first community partnership started during our second year of operation, 30 years ago, when we became the first Major Sponsor of Sydney University Rugby Football Club (SUFC).
This partnership is now one of the oldest grassroots sponsorships in Australia, borne from a passion for rugby and a desire to give back to a community that provided our founder Tony Sukkar with transferable skills on and off the field.
Since that time, the Club has achieved some remarkable feats, weathering both the good and the challenging times as a community. They have supported the development of 43 Australian international players (Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos), won 11 Shute Shields and 19 Club Championships.
The Sydney Uni men’s and women’s clubs merged in 2018, benefiting from shared resources and support structures. The women have won six of the seven Jack Scott Cups and have proudly played an instrumental role in pioneering a new path for women’s Rugby XVs in Australia.
Over the years Buildcorp expanded our rugby sponsorships as we grew our geographical footprint, and, at the same time, our drive to rebalance rugby pipeline opportunity for women and men gathered momentum. Much like all Buildcorp partnerships, our relationship with community rugby goes beyond transactional. We also we provide players with opportunities for growth, including an annual rugby scholarship, work experience and funds to improve access for women and girls who want to play or coach.
To celebrate the longevity and achievement of this 30 year partnership with rugby, our founders Tony and Josephine Sukkar laid out our commitment, not only to rugby, but also to the many other communities we will support for the next three years.
LOOKING FORWARD: NEXT 3 YEARS OF COMMUNITY COMMITMENT
How we will remain a ‘uniting force for social good’ in our projects and community.
Buildcorp Foundation & mental health
The Buildcorp Foundation will continue to tackle the spectrum of the mental health crisis by:
- Crisis Support: Continuing to financially support Lifeline Australia (further to our $1m in donations so far).
- Preventative initiatives: Continuing to fund the delivery of mindfulness training to primary schools in the areas in which we work. We have so far co-funded the $2.4m NSW Smiling Mind Schools Program to deliver mindfulness training to 140,313 children, 7,766 teachers across 445 schools.
- Awareness: Supporting our project teams to host mental health awareness sessions and BBQ fundraisers.
We aim to continue supporting the grassroots rugby community with equal opportunity and development through:
- Major Sponsorship of university rugby clubs in the states where we operate: University of Queensland Rugby Club, Sydney University Rugby Football Club, and Melbourne University Rugby Football Club.
- Sponsorship of the National Women’s XVs team and the Buildcorp Super W competition. This includes their Rugby XVs teams, as well as their Aon University 7s teams.
- Purchasing tables at Rugby Club events (including those hosted by rival clubs!)
- Maintaining the Buildcorp Rugby Scholarship for men and women studying construction related disciplines.
- Sponsorship of the International Rugby Academy (IRAA) to support an independent high-performance pathway for young male and female players, coaches and teams.
We aim to continue to invest in initiatives that unite communities and support opportunities for the equal participation of men and women in the arts through:
- Sponsorship of the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.
- Finding aligned opportunity in the communities where we work: e.g. Tamarama SLC Wonderland Arts Festival and the Sydney Adventist Hospital Christmas Carols.
- Linking key partner events to support the arts such as Opera Australia performances.
Inclusion & opportunity
We aim to continue being an inclusive place to work and invest in systems, policies and initiatives that:
- Create new opportunity for women in construction and inspire young women to join the industry (e.g. Property Council Women/Girls in Property programs).
- Support our people to actively participate in industry initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion.
- Support Indigenous opportunity, employment and cultural understanding through our work and commitments set-out in our ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan.
- Offer a diverse range of training programs for staff, cadets and apprentices, which balance professional and personal development.
- Work with our project partners to educate and protect against Modern Slavery risk in our supply chain.
Giving back in other ways
We aim to continue supporting our people to give back to causes important to them, including:
- Industry events supporting the Property Industry Foundation and the charitable events hosted by our project partners.
- Sporting team fundraisers including Endure for a Cure, MS Gong Ride and Wipeout for Dementia.
- Targeted fundraising initiatives to enhance the communities surrounding our projects