Today, in a show of their commitment to R U OK? Day principles, Viva Energy and its wholly owned subsidiary Liberty Oil announced a new sponsorship with Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Foundation (HHTS), whose mission is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of every worker across the road transport, logistics and supply chain sectors.
The three-year sponsorship will assist in the Foundation delivering its National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap (the Roadmap), to provide a best-practice approach to building a psychologically safe industry.
Liberty Oil Australia (Liberty) has approximately 100 drivers in 22 depots in rural/remote communities, while Viva Energy, across Australia, engages around 150 refuellers at major airports and their supply chain works with a range of transport suppliers encompassing 400+ drivers and support staff. The HHTS Roadmap aligns well with the needs of both companies.
The primary objective of the Liberty and Viva Energy partnership with HHTS is to provide national access to resources that support mental health and wellbeing of the Liberty driver community and Viva Energy terminal communities and indirectly to suppliers.
Jennifer Gray, CEO – Liberty, said she is delighted the company is able to support a program that looks to bring together professional organisations such as Lifeline, R U OK?, Black Dog Institute and Beyond Blue – but in a tailored approach for the needs of the transport and logistics sector. “We believe that industry tools will have greater acceptance with the driver community and that opens the door to better understanding and communication,” Ms Gray said.
Vince Neville, Viva Energy’s General Manager of Distribution Supply Chain, said the program promises to bring critical support to drivers and support staff. “This sponsorship ties closely with our company vision to help people reach their destination which is achieved through our people and our business operations,” Mr Neville said.
HHTS focuses its work through three key pillars:
- An increase in the number of people trained in mental health at transport and logistics facilities.
- Standardisation of policies and regulation at transport and logistics facilities.
- Helping the individual be healthier from a diet and mental health perspective.
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Extracted from Viva Energy