Our Ethical App Development Charter
DreamWalk is the only Australian app development company committed to doing business in an ethical, sustainable and transparent manner. We believe in the basic principle of treating our clients, employees and our planet with care, compassion and respect.
At DreamWalk we aim to be everything the typical Australian app development company is not. For example, we pride ourselves on our ethical and transparent app development process and operate by a unique Ethical App Development Charter. Whether you need an Android, web or iPhone app developer, working with DreamWalk you can be assured of the following:
Developing an app is an expensive process. We understand that you are spending precious, hard-earned money on your app. Therefor, we’ll make sure you always know exactly where every dollar is going. It’s understandable that you want to be kept in the loop, so we do the following to ensure maximum transparency:
- Use plain English in our communications, not tech jargon.
- All quotes and invoices will be clearly itemised.
- You’ll receive regular scheduled progress updates.
- We’ll setup a server for your project rather than using our own.
- You’ll receive all source code with every payment milestone.
- If you want to drop in to see how your app is looking, just give us a call.
We donate five percent of all profits to charitable organisations we believe in. As a DreamWalk client, you’ll get to choose which charity your app project supports. Furthermore, you’ll receive updates whenever funds are contributed so you can share in the joys of giving to a good cause. As part of our Ethical App Development charter we are currently offering support to these amazing organisations:
Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals. The mission seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans.
ygap is an International not-for-profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. We back impact entrepreneurs – or ‘local leaders’ – with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities.
SecondBite exists to provide access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia. We do this by stopping good food from going to waste. We rescue edible, nutritious food that was heading for landfill and give it to people in need, free of charge.
Local App Development in Melbourne
Few Australian app development companies actually do much of the development work in-house. Most will ship your project off to third-party developers in India, Ukrain or elsewhere. While this approach may have some small, short-term cost benefits, the results in the long run can be disasterous. We have seen it time and time again. Code that is rushed, corners cut, budget blow-outs (even on supposedly fixed-price projects), source code held to ransom, unresponsive developers, no thought put into architecture or user experience. The list goes on.
At DreamWalk app development Melbourne, we do all development work here in our CBD studio. This way we can control the quality, time-frames and the working conditions of our programmers. It also means more jobs for locals and that your money stays in your community. We believe that by definition, it is impossible to provide an ethical app development service that cares about its local community and customers while shipping work to offshore sweatshops.
B Corporation Certified Office
DreamWalk operates out of HUB Southern Cross, Australia’s forth B Corporation certified workplace. B Corporation certification is a rigerous third-party ethical business certification.
Individually, B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountabilit. They aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.
Collectively, B Corps lead a growing global movement of people using business as a force for good. Through the power of their collective voice, one day all companies will compete to be best for the world. Then society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity for all.
Our mission to make the world a better place, With this goal in mind, DreamWalk’s leadership team volunteer their time to mentor students and social impact startups. This is done through ygap’s First Gens program, Study Melbourne’s Live Projects program and various private mentorship and guest speaking engagements.
iDibs - Mentoring through ygap
DreamWalk founder Joseph Russell mentors the team from iDibs. With Joe’s help iDibs were finalists in 2018’s ygap First Gens program.
Study Melbourne Live Projects
Through Study Melbourne’s Live Projects program DreamWalk’s Joseph Russell and PTVs Leanne Garbutt mentored this group of international students in 2018.
Ethical BankingMaking sure our money is invested ethically and responsibly is extremely important to us. For this reason we bank with Bendigo Bank and our employees superannuation is invested with Australian Ethical Super. Some of the benefits of banking with these organisations are as follows:
- Bendigo Community Bank branches are locally owned and operated and the company invests 80% of profits back into local communities.
- Bendigo Bank (BB) doesn’t fund fossil fuel companies.
- BB have partnered with Community Aid Abroad’s Ethical Investment Trust to provide ethical account options.
- Australian Ethical Super (AES) only invest in ethical industries such as clean energy, sustainable products, health, education and innovation.
- AES doesn’t invest in companies involved in poor treatment of asylum seekers, or companies that exploit workers.