27 November 2020

Friday Freakout:

What’s it like working at PEV?

By Jess Arvela
Head of Sales & Marketing | Co-Founder

I recently answered some questions about PEV. Being prompted made me realise what an incredible number of initiatives we had that we could be proud of. I thought I would share some of the policies I spoke about to give you an insider’s view of PEV.

We know the future of work must be impact-driven. A product or service can have that positive output, but what does a company like that look like internally? It’s just as important how they treat their people. 

Some policy initiatives we are proud of:

  • We have unlimited leave. You can take as long, or as often as you desire. You do not need a reason for leave, just put it in the calendar. PEV was awarded the 2020 Defence Reserve National Employer Support Award from the ADF as we have a co-founder who served as an Officer in 2019/2020 Operation Bushfire Assist for 3 months. 
  • We have a self-determined pay process available. Individuals provide their range, it’s reviewed by peers, and approved by peers. 
  • We complete our mental health first aid training refresher each year.
  • We have tracked our female leadership since founding and made a point of requesting women to put their hand up for leadership positions.
  • Partnered with Welcome Here Project to welcome the LGBTIQ+ community. 
  • Had our Reconciliation Action Plan analysed by a third party to ensure we are being inclusive, self-aware, and are combating bias.
  • We have our pronouns on our Zoom, email signatures, and LinkedIn to create a safe space for others to do the same. Also, they/them pronouns on the application portal.
  • We further embraced remote work, we have no requirement for anyone to be in the office, you are able to work wherever you want, at home, cafes, overseas, at the office. Whatever works for you. 

I was also asked, “how does PEV measure they are delivering on their core purpose?”. Our purpose is to solve social issues with business. How an organisation measures impact is important to consider, especially with the issue of Greenwashing

  • PEV is Social Traders (ST) Certified, which means we have a third party assess how and if we are delivering on our purpose, of solving social issues with enterprise. ST ensures: “The enterprise reinvests 50% or more of annual profits towards achieving the social purpose”. ST also ensures we have a “defined primary social purpose, environmental or other public benefit”. 
  • We are connected with the Global Impact Investment Network (GINN), to ensure our projects are reaching tangible metrics to address the United Nations Development Goals. Through this network, we ensure our work is measured against the IRIS+ assessment, which is “the generally accepted system for measuring, managing, and optimising impact.”
  • PEV is a formal member of the UN Global Compact Network Australia.
  • PEV is a Certified B Corporation. Australia’s first and only B Corp Certified student mobility provider and Australia’s first and only B Corp Certified incubator. The B Impact Assessment is “the most credible tool a company can use to measure its impact on its workers, community, environment, and customers”. 

It’s not the entire picture, but it gives you a quick insight. The people you work with, where you work, and what their internal policies are make a huge difference on your wellbeing at work. For purpose delivery, these checks and balances ensure business fulfill their responsibility as drivers of positive impact in the world. 

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