'BACS 2018 The Business of Sharing' by our chair Heather Newell

Heather Newell Chair of BACS provides a look back over 2017 and BACS 2018 The Business of Sharing.

 

What is BACS about?

BACS is here to recognise the corporates who believe that corporate social responsibility is a vital part of running a successful business and a key driver of a healthy economy. AND to demonstrate that our society is a better place to live, if corporates and the charitable sector work together to resolve issues and challenges. To explain to our non- members and readers, BACS stands for Business and Community Shares. Perhaps the most important letter in that is S for Shares, for sharing. Neither side of the equation can work alone – to get the most benefit for the community – we must SHARE.

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COMMUNITY! … Tell us which businesses are the good guys?

COMMUNITY! … TELL US WHICH BUSINESSES ARE THE GOOD GUYS

Since 2013 you have given us on names of businesses that are doing their social responsibility well in New Zealand.

We keep a listing of 100 NZ businesses and we now need some new names to put into our kete to see who will be realised as good examples for the BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2018. (This is who won in 2017.)

As our global BACS ambassador Dame Julia Cleverdon says “name and fame” that way the level of social activity will be improved and become more meaningful for us all.

Easy nomination:

  1. We will check all the nominated businesses before putting them before the BACS Community Leader Panelists who make the decisions and comments for the BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2018.
  2. If you are able to consider the criteria below with some knowledge that would assist us whilst we do the research…although you are not expected to know all of it!
  3. Please provide the business name, a name we could contact (if you know of), what kind of business they operate (we take all).
  4. Your name and community/charity. We do not divulge who has nominated which business and we never divulge who our BACS Panelists are.
  5. We need your nominations before Friday 22nd December.

CRITERIA

  • Does the business have a good commitment to the community without bragging or using it just as a branding exercise?
  • Do they report their community activities and involvement? If so how can we see it? They might do it all through social media, some don’t do ‘reporting’.
  • What sort of activities are you aware of? Do they share their resources? Help you with events/donations? Or assist with skill sharing?
  • Is there any evidence of internal social responsibility that you know of?
  • Do they listen to community and share outcomes?
  • Are they aware of the social impact they are trying to succeed with?

Please email your nomination to bacs@bacshares.org.nz

Thank you from the BACS Team!

The BACS Living Award

The BACS Living Award evaluation on the Empty Cardboard Box 2016-17

The ‘Empty Cardboard Box Award’

The Awards work as an independent evaluation process capturing activity that is acknowledged by communities as being great CSR initiatives, rather than business promotions.

 The BACS Good Business Egg Awards

The BACS Good Business Egg (GBE) Awards take businesses nominated by community organisations, and identifies who is fulfilling expectations on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and impacting New Zealand society in a positive way.

The Awards work as an independent evaluation process capturing activity that is acknowledged by communities as being great CSR initiatives, rather than business promotions.  This process identifies what is considered successful by community standards of CSR in New Zealand, providing real, grassroots commentary on the complex nature of CSR. 

Businesses are categorised into three areas: Education and Skills; Community Empowerment; and Health and Wellbeing.

What we are looking for in a ‘Good Business Egg’: Read more

BACS

The BACS Social Index Results for New Zealand Business 2017

The BACS Social Index Report 2017

The BACS Social Index was launched in 2016 at a breakfast event kindly hosted by Fonterra in Auckland with a good number of interested businesses and community leaders to find out about another BACS initiative. This year we had our event in Wellington and had a great group of people keen to see and hear the results through the good works over the past year.

 

How the BACS Social Index works

 

The first step for a business to be on the BACS Social Index is to have been nominated by a community/charity organisation and processed through a 7- step criteria through the BACS Good Business Egg Awards. The business does not need to be a member of BACS and cannot submit themselves.

After a considerable process the panel of the 16-18 community leaders makes comments and scores on each of the short- listed businesses. Their decisions provide the winners with a Good Business Egg Award and runners up are also acknowledged. BACS then collect this data over two years to provide a consistent result to grow the BACS Social Index. Read more

BACS

An outline report of what was discussed at the recent BACS hui on poverty in Aotearoa

Report of the BACS Trust Hui in Auckland.

A brief synopsis of what was discussed at our hui in late September.

Members of BACS and other guests were invited to attend our event kindly hosted by Auckland Airport.

This was to discuss potential ideas to take forward to the Peter McKenzie project on poverty in Aotearoa, with a particular focus on child poverty.

What BACS did was to convene this opportunity to listen and share knowledge across the business sector and community.

30+ people were presented initially with a slide presentation, showing the results of a membership survey BACS conducted in 2014.  This had been highlighted through members’ interests towards resolving poverty; child poverty etc. Read more

akina

The Akina Foundation will be presenting with SAP at the New Zealand’s largest international event on CSR

We’re delighted to support our BACS Partner the Ākina Foundation who will be presenting with SAP at the New Zealand’s largest international event on CSR.
Why should you attend?

Working on Purpose brings together public sector and corporate leaders, policy makers and specialists across employee engagement, branding, procurement and CSR.

The programme features the world’s leading social enterprise innovators, practical workshops, collaborative sessions and global best practice which will inform and inspire you to:

  • create and measure impact of meaningful community engagement
  • showcase investment in innovation, job creation and economic growth
  • adopt social procurement best practice
  • demonstrate business value and enhance corporate brand recognition
  • enrich employee engagement with CSR programmes

Thursday 28th September Christchurch, New Zealand
Find out more and how to book your place here

GoodCompany wins award

GoodCompany wins prestigious Westpac Award

Westpac has awarded GoodCompany a High Potential Business of Tomorrow, based on our potential to shape Australia’s future. Of the 200 winners overall, we’re one of only twenty companies in the nation to receive this accolade.

The Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow program recognises and supports great Australian businesses today, with a clear vision for tomorrow. David Lindberg, judge and Chief Executive, at Westpac Business Bank, remarked

“As Australia’s first unified workplace giving and volunteering rewards platform, GoodCompany has made a significant impact on the Australian not for profit sector. Through making it easy and empowering staff to give their time, talent and donations to causes in need, GoodCompany helps make a positive impact to the lives of many Australians.”

The 200 winners were chosen from almost 2,000 applications nationally. They were based on criteria such as business purpose, contribution to customers and the community, current strengths and vision for the future. All winners have a track record of delivery and are determined to have the qualities and potential to help tomorrow’s customers and communities. We are honoured to be included in this impressive cohort.

“We found the calibre of applicants extremely high. These are leaders with a strong sense of purpose and the capability to think differently about meeting customer needs that exist today and those that may be needed in the future” said Lyn Cobley, Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank.

Ash Rosshandler, GoodCompany CEO, has returned inspired from the awards presentation and time with Westpac executives “I look forward to sharing our journey as a winner of this prestigious award. The recognition and tailored prize package will enable us to achieve even more for the community.

Thanks to Westpac we have $100K to spend on professional services and also an international study tour in August.  We’re absolutely thrilled by the support!”

Read it here

Website:www.goodcompany.org

BACS

The BACS Report 2017

Delving into the detail of CSR strategies is like opening a Kinder Surprise Egg.

An extract from the BACS Good Business Egg Awards Programme and Report on 2016, to read the whole article click on the link below.

2016 showed there was no ‘one size fits all’ formula adopted by all.

The most interesting and impactful CSR strategies focused on a number of key areas, not necessarily linked to each other.

Some businesses had programmes running under 2, or even 3, of the CSR categories. It isn’t only the target group and purpose that varies, but also the delivery.

For example, some choose to give money to support community activity, others offer products and resource to help communities achieve goals, and still more encourage others to be generous.

All three of Spark’s flagship CSR programmes focus on enabling their communities, both internal and external, to give to others.

Countdown’s win of the Health and Wellbeing category reflected the breadth and depth of their investment in a diverse range of CSR initiatives.

On the upside, several businesses received comments about having a ‘scattergun’ approach to CSR which potentially led to watered down impact and effectiveness.

BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2017 (PDF)

The Warehouse

The Warehouse wins their third BACS Good Business Egg in 5 years, more than any other NZ business

Testimony to the significant investment in the New Zealand community by The Warehouse…time to consider how they and why they achieve so well.

The Warehouse

The Warehouse continued to focus on working with organisations that support families and young people in three key areas: education, well-being and youth employment working at a national, regional and neighbourhood level.

Every year The Warehouse raises approximately $2.5 million for hundreds of community groups throughout New Zealand.

The Parenting Place has been chosen as one of the five national charities The Warehouse will support as part of their comprehensive community plan to help young people and families.

The Parenting Place work toward inspiring and supporting families and young people throughout New Zealand using programmes and resources designed for all.

“It does feel like this is all part of their DNA. Multiple examples given, some enduring relationships and others change annually; at national, regional and local levels.” BACS Panelist 2017.

The BACS Panels are made up of community leaders who comment and provide scores. Runners up were TSB Bank and Bell Gully.

Website: www.thewarehouse.co.nz

Vincents logo

Vincents Art Workshop is the go-to- place, we found that out at the BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2017

The go-to place in Wellington, for so many people as Vincents Art Workshop is a place of learning and creativity, which contributes to healthy communities.

The Warehouse wins

 

Vincents Art Workshop is the oldest Creative Space in New Zealand.  It was established in in 1985 when the mental health institutions were closing down and people were moving into their local communities.

Some of the people moving into the Wellington community had been involved with art activities in Porirua Hospital in the early 1980’s.

They wanted to continue to be creatively self-expressive when they left the hospital but they didn’t want to sign up for the established art schools.  Two social workers from the Inner City Ministry noticed this need and set up Vincents as an Incorporated Society.  Read more