La Trobe students win the Chartered Accountants Student Challenge

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La Trobe logoLa Trobe’s history of producing socially responsible students has continued with two Economics and Finance students Jackson Oxley and John McCeel awarded first place at the 2010 Chartered Accountant Student Challenge.

The Challenge, in its third year, saw the Institute for Chartered Accountants ask entrants to construct four Corporate Social Responsibility measures for the Smith Family, a not-for-profit charity that supports over 65, 000 disadvantaged children and their families.

The Chartered Accountant Student Challenge involves inviting second, third and fourth year students from all over the country to undertake the role of a chartered accountant and propose to solve a real life problem facing an Australian not-for -profit organisation.

Jackson and John’s entry, presented by their model business, Oxley & McMeel Professional Business Services, portrayed effective pathway’s the Smith family could use to measure and communicate Corporate Social Responsibility to the external stakeholders of the Smith Family. Their entry was chosen as the winning entrant over 30 other teams consisting of over 100 University students nationwide.

The Oxley & McMeel Professional services team design’s four indicators to report on corporate social responsibility where: 

  1. Internal and External Value for Money
  2. Educational Impacts and Outcomes of Community Projects
  3. Participation and Involvement in Community Projects
  4. Engagement and Contribution of the Wider Community

Jackson and John will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to London where they will spend a week shadowing high profile Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand working in the sports, entertainment and finance industries.

Jackson and Jack's original entry and a video highlight can be found at the Student Challenge website.