'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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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

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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

Congratulations to Countdown who have now been acknowledged with a BACS Good Business Egg Award 2 years running

BACS Good Business Egg Award for Health and Wellbeing 2017

CountdownCongratulations to Countdown who have now been acknowledged with a BACS Good Business Egg Award 2 years running.

Their commitment to health includes a wide range of activity, including the Alzheimers project.

Alzheimers Project

Countdown supports Alzheimers New Zealand’s annual appeal. The not-for-profit organisation offers practical support to people living with the condition, as well as their carers and family.

The 2016 Appeal encourages customers to donate at checkouts, or purchase Southern Kitchen / Countdown Lamingtons with a portion of proceeds being donated to Alzheimers NZ.

Countdown has supported the Alzheimers New Zealand Appeal for more than 13 years and has helped raise $1.5 million during this period. In 2015 more than $30,000 was raised, which was used to support the 50,000 New Zealanders living with dementia.

“Alzheimers seems to be a straight cause related marketing campaign. This has some credit in the CSR bank due to the longevity of the campaign – on the road to iconic!” BACS Panelist 2017.

The BACS Panels are made up of community leaders who comment and provide scores. Runners up were The Warehouse and KPMG.

Website:www.countdown.co.nz

ANZ

ANZ wins the Education and Skills Award at the BACS Good Business Eggs 2017

ANZ has provided excellent credentials each year for the BACS Good Business Egg Awards, however it is through the community for how they have won the award for their ongoing, sustainable programme.

ANZ winners

MoneyMinded is a comprehensive suite of financial education resources for adults, developed by ANZ and used by financial counsellors and community educators in assisting people to build their money management skills, knowledge and confidence.

We partner with community organisations who train financial counsellors and community educators to become accredited MoneyMinded facilitators and deliver financial education to their clients.

They also have free access to training materials and resources to support their delivery of the program, which include facilitator guides, participant workbooks, case studies and visual teaching aids.

For more than a decade, MoneyMinded has supported people to develop money management skills, knowledge and confidence essential to modern life.

 “Reporting is clear and evident in this long term programme, therefore quite breathtaking in what can be achieved.” BACS Panelist 2017

The BACS Panels are made up of community leaders who comment and provide scores. Runners up were Auckland Airport and KPMG.

Website:  www. anz/investing/moneyminded/

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Dame Julia Cleverdon provides clarity of vision for business and community whilst global political leadership has changed

Our BACS Global Ambassador presents her thoughts on how we can work together in New Zealand.

The last year has seen some unprecedented and unexpected changes in political leadership across the world.

Instability and uncertainty, makes it even more 
vital that business leaders step up to manage their responsibility for the impact of their operations and the effect on the communities they seek to serve.

Walking 
a mile in another’s shoes is vital if businesses are to understand the vividness of the views and experience of communities and their leaders. Read more

Scentre Group

Scentre Group's Westfield Centres has joined our BACS business membership in New Zealand

We’re delighted to have Scentre Group join BACS as a leading global company with a positive corporate social responsibility outlook.

Scentre Group’s Westfield centres are  committed to engaging and enriching the communities in which it operates. Our approach to corporate responsibility involves actively supporting hundreds of community initiatives through its shopping centres. While the programmes for each local area and country may vary, at the heart of Westfield’s community efforts is helping children to develop and grow.

Website: www.westfield.co.nz

Corporate Citizenship joins BACS in a partnership that promotes responsible business behaviours and sustainable practises

A warm welcome to our latest BACS Partner: Corporate Citizenship.

Corporate Citizenship is a global management consultancy specialising in sustainability and corporate responsibility. We work with corporate clients around the world to achieve their commitments to responsible business behaviours and sustainable practices.

Sustainability, simplified – this is our promise.
We are a global management consultancy specialising in sustainability and corporate responsibility. We work with corporate clients around the world to achieve their commitments to responsible business behaviours and sustainable practices. Read more

We're delighted to have Collingridge And Smith Architects (UK) Ltd join us as a BACS Business Member

Collingridge And Smith Architects (UK) Ltd. is an award winning international architectural practice delivering unique, innovative and sustainable architecture.

The company carefully integrates architectural, landscape, interior and furniture design skills to ensure projects achieve an holistic integrity that meets client’s needs.

The company dedicates considerable time to research, in particular to the overall health and wellbeing of children.

Research results enable CASA to focus the company’s early learning centre designs on optimizing the benefits of green, sustainable buildings and the indoor/outdoor environments.

CASA has volunteered their services to the NZGBC for ten years. The company supports the Haemophilia Foundation NZ, NZ Guide Dogs, Make A Wish NZ, World Vision and the SPCA.

Website:www.collingridgeandsmitharchitects.com