After commencing a career in recruitment in 1996, Recruit for Good Founder, Andrew McGarry, took a break from the industry in 2011, moving into export. At this time, Andrew began providing pro bono case management for victims of domestic violence (DV). In doing so, Andrew found that DV victims could often not afford to feed their children. This led to Andrew being involved with the Vinnies Bread Run, delivering leftover bread to those in need.
It became very quickly apparent that the need for NFP sector services is growing, whilst Government funding is shrinking.
After returning to the recruitment industry in 2015, Andrew very quickly noticed the industry needed an overhaul. He found the industry to be very transactional, treating candidates as commodity items rather than people and focused entirely on the generation of profit. This appears to be a key driver of many of the behaviours that currently plague the recruitment sector. Combine this with a general lack of knowledge amongst many recruiters in the areas in which they recruit, along with high fees, there is plenty of scope to “reimagine” recruitment.
In 2015, Andrew established a recruitment service to assist business to attract and retain high calibre high quality candidates, to treat candidates as people rather than products and to give back to the community in which we all live and work. innovate360 was founded to operate as a social enterprise, donating 20% of all fees to a charity nominated by our clients. The Recruit for Good social enterprise model of recruitment represents a new and proven approach to generate funding for the NFP sector from the “Business as Usual” operational expenditure of business.
As a result of its high impact, social enterprise and ethical approach to recruitment, innovate360 attained both B Corp Certification and Social Traders Certification in 2019. In 2020, innovate360 rebranded to “Recruit for Good”, a name that better reflects what we do and our ethical approach to recruitment.