The annual BACS Good Business Egg Awards were held in Auckland this year kindly hosted by Countdown, a previous winner in 2017.
A diverse group of business and communities participated in the event which has a good following over the past 6 years.
There have been 3 winners in each year of the popular corporate social responsibility scene where community leaders in New Zealand make the decisions as to who should win.
Julie Donvin-Irons, founder and director of BACS said she has seen the event become more interesting each year although there are not enough businesses pushing their results out on their CSR. “This appears that some are not doing well or using a cop- out if their strategy is poor. The annual event provides good examples of which businesses are noted as committed to doing it well.”
Fonterra scooped the Health and Wellbeing category this year. One panelist said of Fonterra, “A company like Fonterra has to show its CSR. It’s part of the way corporates should behave, and in this case, they have done so. Their behaviour and openness is brave and truly ‘good egg’ material.”
ANZ who had won the Education and Skills category last year punched into a new category for a bank in NZ as a Health and Wellbeing runner up. This was due to their mental health awareness training and that of those who have experienced robberies. One comment from a panelist noted… “when I read that I was taken aback and then realised what a fantastic idea.”
Countdown missed the top spot they had kept for 2 years running, as now runners up for 2018.
The Education and Skills winner was Auckland Airport who had been knocking on the winner’s door for the last couple of years, however their stunning results showed they were indeed top of the tree for 2018. Considerable number of comments were made on their excellent job with their Ara project, and potential in New Zealand.
Spark and The Warehouse were the bridesmaids this year with excellent education and skills programmes that have saw both companies using a clear purpose with a focus on education.
The big surprise of the night was the Community Empowerment award picked up by SKYCITY, passing over the two other contenders, IBM and DB Breweries, both already stalwarts high in the annual awards.
The results of the 2017 BACS Living Award “The Pile of Bricks” was announced by Deirdre O’Sullivan of Parkinsons NZ and Kate Porter of Countdown, two of the participants of those involved in the group. They explained they had learned how big the social problem of loneliness was so massive and how much they had collected to be used as BACS considers ongoing programmes.
The new BACS Living Award for 2108, is ‘The 100 Cups of Tea” by putting on the jug and listening to others experiences and ask what does business in NZ know about poverty and what can business do to be part of the solution?