Sponsorship & Community
FGB is proudly committed to being a responsible corporate citizen. We actively engage in activities that contribute to health and wellbeing of our staff, and are committed to giving back to the local and greater community.
FGB donates sponsorship prizes to community activities nationally throughout the year. A variety of groups have been assisted including sports Centres, community groups, hospitals, Kindergartens, Schools and Playgroups..
Charity & Non-profit
FGB Company and staff are committed to raising funds for non-profit organisations. Staff are encouraged to nominate charities they support, and FGB facilitates morning teas, raffles, dinners and other events, often matching staff donations dollar for dollar.
Some of the causes we have recently been involved in:
- The Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease research
- St. Kilda Mums – collecting clothing & toy donations for disadvantaged families
- Hi-City – a group which offers meaningful paid work to adults with disabilities who cannot enter the workforce
- Deaf Ministries International – a group which helps raise money for children in third world countries who are deaf. FGB has contributes to this cause for many years via an annual fundraising dinner (“Christmas in July”).
Royal Botanic Gardens
FGB is a proud long-term sponsor of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne and Cranbourne.
Sponsorship involves the donation of Euca-Mulch to both Gardens and a close association to the new Australian Garden development in Cranbourne, specifically their new “Eucalypt Walk”. This involves signage in the Eucalypt Walk.
The RBG was chosen as a key sponsorship of Bosisto’s in part due to a long historical association. In 1852, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller - a Victorian Government Botanist who was fascinated with the properties of eucalyptus oil - encouraged a young pharmacist named Joseph Bosisto to set up Australia's first commercial eucalyptus oil distillery, near Menzies creek in Dandenong. Thus Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil began.
Over 160 years later, Bosisto's has come full circle by assisting the Royal Botanic gardens to celebrate and preserve this unique piece of Australian history for future generations.
For more information on the Royal Botanic Gardens, please visit www.rbg.vic.gov.au.
Local Community Activity
The Inglewood and Wedderburn region in Victoria is the heart of “Eucalyptus country”.
It is where Bosisto’s Blue Mallee (Eucalyptus Polybractea) plantations and distillery are located and holds a wealth of eucalyptus history.
FGB and Bosisto’s are committed to this rural township, sponsoring many activities and events.
Sponsorship activities include donating to the Blue Eucy Festival, a celebration of the local area including eucalyptus oil and the Blue Mallee. Donations are also made to the football club, school, sports club and other charity organisations in the community.
FGB also sponsor a number of local community activities including the Tea Tree Oil Fishing Competition on the Mornington Peninsula in Vic and the Wedderburn Detector Jamboree Festival in Wedderburn, Vic.
Inglewood – Jones’ Distillery
In 2004 FGB purchased the famous Eucy distillery site on the edge of Inglewood. Traditionally referred to in the area as the Jones’ site (brothers Albert and Phil) it is a well-known icon of Inglewood. The site was subsequently donated to the township of Inglewood.
Jones’ site is now used as a local tourist attraction and family leisure area, highlight the eucalyptus industry and its importance to the region. A plaque at the site says “donated by Bosisto’s Eucalyptus”.
Wedderburn – Stew Pot and Eucy Museum
Robyn Vella from Wedderburn Tourism along with her family is a passionate advocate of eucalyptus oil production in the Wedderburn / Inglewood region. Together with her father Robbie and co-operation from Wedderburn Tourism they have constructed a Eucy Stew-Pot on Hard Hat Hill Tourist Reserve in Wedderburn and have established it as a tourist destination. Almost 1000 visitors per year visit the site and learn about the history, production and uses of eucalyptus oil.
Wedderburn Tourism has also established a museum – the first of its kind in the world - dedicated to the history, production and uses of eucalyptus oil in the Wedderburn / Inglewood region. FGB were instrumental in helping develop this unique local tourist attraction, information and consultation.
For more information on Wedderburn Tourism, please visit loddon.vic.gov.au.
In 2010, FGB Natural Products agreed to fund a scholarship to assist Indigenous students at the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation. The scholarship is intended for tuition fees, materials fees, equipment and travel assistance where necessary.
The aim of the scholarship is to fund a student with an indigenous background who may have experienced individual or family adversity and has economic barriers to further study.
Where possible, FGB is always keen to meet with the student and provide mentoring above and beyond simply a monetary contribution.
FGB is also in talks with local primary schools to develop indigenous native gardens (“Graces’ Garden”) where students can learn about native plants, eucalyptus oil uses and our indigenous heritage.