Article Written by Claudia Guarnaccia
Social Enterprises Australia
Social Enterprises Australia: The Michael Hughes Foundation has recently been certified with Social Traders. This is a proud achievement and milestone in our Foundation’s history but what does it exactly mean?
Social enterprises by definition “are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people with access to employment and training, or help the environment” (Extract: Social Traders).
Our Foundation falls under the community category and is actively trying to improve the coordinated response to cardiac arrest – with an ultimate goal to help save more lives.
To become certified with Social Traders, an organisation must demonstrate:
- A clear mission or purpose
- A business plan and long term strategy
- Financial sustainability
- That trade is more than 50% of the company’s overall revenue
- How the organisation is making a difference!
The key benefits of certification will allow our Foundation to market our organisation to Corporate and Government procurement buyers and also provides an additional level of credibility and support for the growth of the Foundation into the future.
Our Foundation is built on the sole purpose to create change with how we, as a community, respond to cardiac arrest. It is our mission to support communities through education, providing resources and improving the required knowledge, skills and confidence to act. Any effort helps to reduce time delays to support a victim of cardiac arrest, increases the effectiveness of medical professionals (eg paramedics and cardiologists) and directly impacts on a person’s quality of life post an event.
We achieve this by constantly focussing on the Cardiac Chain of Survival and Heartsafe Community frameworks in a bid to ‘Turn Bystanders into First Responders’. Technology such at the GoodSAM app and our strong relationships with key industry and sector partners allows us to have a meaningful reach across communities locally in Western Sydney and across New South Wales.
Since our inception in 2015, our team has worked extremely hard in our endeavours and have achieved many significant milestones. These are highlighted in the following images:
To ensure longevity and sustainability, The Michael Hughes Foundation is continually evolving and growing to be a significant contributor to cardiac arrest in our State and ensuring our business model is always focused on people and the communities they represent.
It is a great honour to become certified with Social Traders, one that we all here at Michael Hughes Foundation are very proud of!