YWCA Auckland

We believe we should be aiming to be the first country in the world where women earn 100% equal pay for equal work

The 2018 YWCA Equal Pay Awards are now open!

We were the first country where women were given the right to vote, we now have our third female Prime Minister, and we believe we should be aiming to be the first country in the world where women earn 100% equal pay for equal work and we need your help!

NEW IN 2018

Six New Equal Pay Award Categories

  • Since introducing the Awards five years ago, the goal was to celebrate, encourage and motivate New Zealanders to get on the equal pay journey and share initiatives and policies.  It’s always been about the equal pay journey, so this year we have introduced six new award categories including one for an individual leading the way.
  • So here is your chance to join a growing network of people doing great things for equal pay.  Tell us your story and you could win a prestigious YWCA Equal Pay Award!

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BACS

The BACS Good Business Egg Winners 2018

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? 

BACS

BACS is pleased to invite you to our half-day workshops in association with our partner the global sustainability advisory organisation Corporate Citizenship

BACS is pleased to invite you to our half-day workshops in association with our partner the global sustainability advisory organisation Corporate Citizenship. We will be presenting these events in Auckland and Wellington for New Zealand businesses seeking to improve their impact through reporting of their corporate social responsibility

  • On society

  • the business

  • and their Social Index Score

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A free event for community organisations that want to build stronger, better partnership with business in Wellington and Auckland

Want to build stronger, better partnership with business?

For over two decades LBG has helped business make more informed decisions to achieve greater value from their investments in the community.

Drawing on that experience, knowledge and research, LBG has created LBG for Community supporting non-profit organisations with corporate-community partnership reporting, impact measurement and strategic partnership development. Read more

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NZ community deciding which business is worthy of a BACS Good Business Egg Award 2018

The 2018 BACS Good Business Egg Awards are hotting up after the shortlist of finalists have been decided. Once again a range of NZ companies  with good corporate social responsibility have been scrutinized to see who really ‘walks the talk’ rather than just doing a range of branding exercises.

“Some new names have been seen this year with some older participants looking a little weary. However reporting on what companies are doing in New Zealand is a fascinating practise, the recipients in communities are the ones that tell us who and what is really working. ” says Julie Donvin-Irons BACS Founder and CEO.

The 2018 list of finalists comprises of 14 NZ businesses considered to be worthy of winning a Good Business Egg. Experienced community leaders make up the judging panels and it is they that make the final decision as to who will win. Read more

BACS

BACS is pleased to invite you to our half-day workshops in association with our partner the global sustainability advisory organisation Corporate Citizenship

BACS is pleased to invite you to our half-day workshops in association with our partner the global sustainability advisory organisation Corporate Citizenship.

We will be  presenting these events in Auckland and Wellington for New Zealand businesses seeking to improve their impact through reporting of their corporate social responsibility on society, their business and their Social Index score.

The BACS Social Index uses the scores collected from the BACS Good Business Egg Awards by a panel of community leaders. These Awards, now in their sixth year, are an independent process capturing activity that is acknowledged by communities as being great social impact initiatives, rather than business promotions. Read more

'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 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.

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