Milmeq has always had an ethos that it is the people that make the business. Their focus on people extends beyond their own staff, clients and suppliers to those in the wider community.
Milmeq was built on a philosophy of philanthrophy and is passionate about supporting the communities that their team live and work in.
Milmeq held a Wellness Day in April where 75 Dunedin staff enjoyed a fully-funded schedule of flu vaccinations and medical checks, information from medical insurance and financial experts, breath-testing demonstrations, road safety tips from the police and even alcohol-free wine tasting. Staff also received goodie bags filled with health foods, brochures and vouchers.
“Being a responsible employer and investing in our people is part of who we are," Milmeq CEO, Mike Lightfoot said.
Along with improving the health and wellbeing of staff, Milmeq raised $3,000 for the Child Cancer Foundation through staff and company contribution. The Child Cancer Foundation aims to reduce the impact of cancer by offering services to ensure children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for on their journey with cancer.
Child Cancer Foundation Business Development Manager Elaine Horn said the organisation is "incredibly grateful" for the donation from Milmeq, which will go directly towards supporting families within the local community.
The Milmeq Senior Leadership team participated in a team building exercise at The Animal Sanctuary in Matakana whereby they designed and constructed an animal shelter from scratch. Milmeq donated their time and all materials needed for the project.
This was a great hands-on project for the team to enhance their problem solving and leadership skills while providing for a charity that cares for neglected animals.
Milmeq has built a reputation for innovative thinking that has seen them become multi award winning.
After winning the Supreme Award at last year’s Westpac Auckland South Business Awards, Milmeq provided support to the 2015 event by sponsoring the Business Leadership category.
“We are delighted to assist in recognising and promoting forward thinking business leaders who demonstrate business excellence,” said Mike.
With a focus on safety and wellbeing, the values of the Westpac Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) are closely aligned with those of Milmeq.
Milmeq is proud to be a corporate sponsor for the ARHT. This support helps the ARHT to now provide the region with two full time rescue helicopters, including a dedicated machine based in the Coromandel for long weekends and the summer holiday period.
Milmeq partook in Movember as part of a company fundraiser for the Movember Foundation which funds over 1,000 programmes focusing on men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
"Things like this bring everyone together; across Milmeq and our communities we are all working towards the same outcome. It's a joint effort and everyone is making a difference," Mike said.
40 male staff members across the Auckland and Dunedin offices participated in growing their most creative moustache in support of creating awareness of men's health and wellness issues.
The Milmeq team collectively raised nearly $8,000 for the Movember Foundation New Zealand, with staff raising $4,000 and Milmeq matching their contributions. Milmeq CEO, Mike Lightfoot, set the challenge to the staff that if they raised over $3,000 he would shave his hair off and was later true to his words.
"Along with raising money for charity, the aim of the fundraiser is to equip our employees with knowledge about the importance of regular check-ups and to ensure they are aware of their choices across all areas of wellness, both for them and their families, and you can't really put a price on that," said Mike.
“We have always had the best people, but moreover the best people with the right attitude. It is a privilege to have a team that have a great work ethic but are also very empathetic. They get behind every fundraiser we participate in 110% and I am very thankful for this.”