When planning Mirvac’s move to 200
George Street, we wanted to make our new
café as special as the rest of the building.
When planning the move of our Sydney head office to 200 George Street, we wanted to make our new café as special as the rest of the building. In 2016, we forged a unique partnership with the YWCA to develop a ‘profit for purpose’ cafe, where every cup of coffee or sandwich sold helps to protect women and children from domestic violence.
This ‘profit for purpose’ model is nothing new for the YWCA; they’ve pioneered it since 1983 through their Y Hotel in Sydney, a high quality commercial hotel that donates its profits to domestic violence and homeless support services. In the corporate world, however, it’s a new concept, and one Mirvac is proud to get behind.
Mirvac and YWCA’s joint venture opened its doors in July this year, the same day our first employees moved into 200 George Street. Named The Song Kitchen, it provides premium cafe and catering services to Mirvac’s employees and visitors, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to the YWCA’s support program.
By providing healthy food that’s clearly labelled, The Song Kitchen has also enabled us to meet the WELL rating we are targeting for 200 George Street.
With one woman in Australia dying each week at the hands of a current or former partner, domestic violence is still disturbingly prevalent in our society. Through The Song Kitchen, Mirvac aims to change these sobering statistics, and create a brighter future for more women and children. We hope many other companies follow suit.
To learn more about the YWCA, visit ywca.org.au