For every 35 mattresses that we collect and recycle each day, we can create a job for someone who really needs one.
Providing employment and supporting local communities is just as important for us as recycling mattresses. Most of our revenue - about 65% - goes to wages of people who experience barriers to employment. These are dollars spent in local communities.
This is Kiana, recently promoted to the role of Illawarra Site Manager. She began with Soft Landing as a casual back in 2011 then took on a trainee role, completing her Certificate IV in Business Administration. Kiana soon became a star in our admin team, data crunching and juggling deadlines. She’s known as someone who can find her way through any challenge with skill and good humour.
For her, working at Soft Landing is all about the people.
“I love the satisfaction I get from working with the team. It’s rewarding to see people start with barriers and then overcome them to become great employees. I enjoy being a part of their story and helping however I can.”
Congratulations Kiana, on a well-deserved promotion.
Soft Landing is an employment-creating social enterprise. We provide a solution for unemployment, placing and keeping people in sustainable, meaningful work, with flow-on benefits for the whole community.
Since 2017, we have been supported by Westpac Foundation through their Social Scale Up Grants program. We were recently awarded $300,000 over three years to sustain our operations and continue facilitating job opportunities for those that need it most.
Since filming in 2017, Jarrod (featured) remains in sustainable employment. In 2019, he was promoted to a management position with our sister social enterprise Resource Recovery Australia. Jarrod is thriving in his new role as Manager of the Dunmore operation.
What is a social enterprise? A social enterprise is a business that has a social, cultural or environmental purpose as its primary objective.
For us this means we work to:
1. keep waste out of landfill (environmental purpose) and
2. provide employment and training opportunities to people experiencing barriers to employment (social purpose).
For every 25 mattresses that we collect and recycle each day, we can create a job for someone who really needs one.
Our commitment to social and environmental outcomes is recognised by our Social Traders certification, the peak Australian body for social enterprise.
Learn more about social enterprise at https://www.socialtraders.com.au/about-social-enterprise/