85 businesses go into the grindmill to see who's making impact in the New Zealand community

The organisers of the annual BACS Good Business Egg Awards for 2016 have just closed the long list of candidates and are ready to scrutinize the companies that are doing well (or badly in some cases) within communities.

“There’s always a lot of huff and puff “ says Julie Donvin-Irons CEO of BACS, an organisation that connects business and community with the aim of improving social issues, “when dealing with companies that enjoy the publicity of helping out but not understanding the real issue or just doing it for their marketing strategy.

“The aim of the awards is to showcase good practice rather than just pat business leaders on the back, we want them to keep evolving into mature and knowledgeable employers and use the collective wisdom of community for better outcomes.

“We’re kind of a blend of mystery shoppers and the SAS says Julie, “throughout the next few months businesses without their knowledge will be quietly checked to see whether their community investment is real and ongoing and how it is reported.

We like to see some humility too as we have a zero tolerance of bragging.” The recipients of the BACS Good Business Egg Awards are chosen by a panel of community leaders who not only decide who’s a ‘good egg’ but also presents the award on the night.

This coming year the event will be hosted by The Warehouse, they have won the community empowerment award two years running with stiff competition from Auckland Airport and Vodafone.

Other winners were Fonterra for its Milk in Schools Programme in the health category fiercely challenged by good work by ASB, PGG Wrightson and Westpac.

Deloitte won the education category for its strategic long-term view in engagement in NZ education programmes, Vodafone and The Warehouse were runners up.