Corporate Social Responsibility
As a global employer, we understand that companies play an important role in supporting the economic and mental well-being of their employees plus the wider communities in which they operate.
Billigence has a passion for doing better, being better and never accepting just enough as enough. As we expand our business, we do it through the principles of inclusion, cultural diversity, and sustainability. We also look outside our offices and support many programs that better our communities.
At its core, our CSR mission is simply to do better – for our staff, our clients, our communities and the environment. We live and demonstrate our desire to do more, and be more, through five main avenues:
In Our Offices
Inclusivity & Diversity
Our offices are safe and inclusive, we accept people from all walks of life and value diversity and equality. Our workplaces are LGBTQI + friendly and we don’t accept discrimination of any kind.
Billigence have developed a Global Professional Development Framework which aims to help young graduates develop their skills, experience, and confidence within the workplace. We have an active recruitment drive for young graduates globally with the goal of helping them create the careers they envisage for themselves. They are provided real world experience, invaluable mentorship and endless support from experts in the field.
Our culture is very important to us, we want to enjoy our time at work, so we actively work to build an open and enjoyable ambiance for our team. We have adopted a hybrid model, providing the opportunity to work in our office (where PlayStation and Ping Pong tournaments take place) or at home in our pyjama pants.
Social events, although optional, are a fan favourite amongst the team. In the office we host cocktails nights and Rocket League tournaments. Outside the office we participate in marathons, obstacle races and much more.
In the Community
Encouraging Junior Athletes
We are passionate about sports and active recreation and support several local schemes designed to empower young people. The schemes we support provide important diversionary activities for young people which are proven to help build confidence, self-independence, and other skills crucial to their development and entry to the workplace. Furthermore, a healthy mind and spirit are equally important for creating a fulfilling life and we think sports are a fun way to keep fit both mentally and physically.
Triathlon NSW and Triathlon ACT Junior Academy & NSW Tri Pathway Championships: As a key sponsor we are proud to be encouraging participants aged 12-23 to become active in triathlon whilst helping them to into the elite pathways.
Go-Series: We donate funds to help provide sporting programs for children aged 5-15 to become active in physical activities.
Tri-Focus (Non-Governmental Organisation): Providing coaching support for young people to train for triathlons.
Empowering the Future of Female IT Leaders
At Billigence we are all about female empowerment and boosting the confidence of ladies within the technology industry.
Czechitas: We work closely with this Czech Republic organisation which helps women and children to explore the world of information technology. Many of the ladies in our team provide know-how and mentorship to women with an interest in transitioning into the world of IT and data.
Ladies’s Lunch: Our CEO, Jana Kapr, hosts a quarterly lunch with fellow female leaders to come together to share expertise and experiences.
The Prague Orbit
The Prague Orbit is a yearly charity cycle tour that is near and dear to Billigence. Created by our co-founders, Michael Kapr and Jana Kapr, this event has allowed us to donate over $48,800 (AUD) to people in need since its 2016 inception.
This event connects cycling enthusiasts and beginners alike who take on a challenging 80km track to raise money for the ‘DAR’ Day-Care Social Centre in the Czech Republic. DAR is an important initiative that supports parents from local low-income backgrounds whose children have physical or mental disabilities, and we couldn’t be happier to support them.
Triathlon NSW & ACT
We have sponsored Triathlon NSW & ACT since 2019, supporting children and young adults’ academies & races and building their self-confidence, physical and mental health.
Our CEO, Jana Kapr, and CTO, Michael Kapr, are both avid triathlon enthusiasts, with Jana actively involved in triathlon development coaching and mentoring. Some of the initiatives Billigence have sponsored include:
- Triathlon NSW: We are an annual sponsor with our very own Billigence Talent ID Academy for high-school kids who want to have a go at triathlon
- Triathlon NSW and ACT: We sponsored the Billigence Pathway Championship Series for Youth, Junior and U23 athletes - with 120 to 150 kids at each race in 2020
- Australian Institute of Sport: We donated our time to analyse performance data to help identify future Olympians using Tableau / Snowflake / Python to analyse data sources from races on Strava, Training Peaks, etc.
- Purchasing state of art timing equipment to have a better recording of times for all three disciplines and different formats
Jana’s vision is to roll out similar programs throughout Australia with different sports.
Several members of the Billigence team take inspiration from Jana and independently sponsor or donate equipment to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Dreams for Life
Dreams for Life is a not-for-profit organisation that supports young, vulnerable children living in poverty by providing access to quality childhood education programs. The initiative currently helps educate children in Indonesia, to support closing the global education gap. The Dreams for Life Team understands that the formative early years of a child’s life are critical for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.
Billigence is a proud corporate sponsor of the charity, with Jana Kapr on the charity board. Dreams for Life is currently fundraising to provide 1,000 early childhood-aged children with an education. If you are interested in donating to the cause, please visit the link below.
Ethical and environmentally sustainable manufactures and suppliers
Billigence promotes environmentally sustainable behaviours throughout its worldwide offices and business activities, including:
- Adopting a digital-first strategy – this includes reducing our air and road travel and subsequent carbon footprint by choosing virtual meetings as our first choice of communication.
- Mandating that public transport is our primary means of travel.
- Minimisation of waste – including limiting the use of single-use plastics, for example by providing staff with reusable cups and kitchenware.
- Being paperless, and printing on an exception-only basis.
- Working with our clients to help design the most efficient solutions architecture and minimise energy waste where possible.
Through these commitments, we aim to make a positive impact on our staff members, clients, and the wider community.