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!”

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Website:www.goodcompany.org

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

Parkinson's

Deirdre O'Sullivan of Parkinson's presents BACS Good Business Egg Awards after moving speech

Health and wellbeing community leader Deirdre O’Sullivan presents the award to Countdown after exceptional speech.

Deirdre O Sullivan

There’s a positive attitude in this room tonight, and that’s the attitude we encourage at Parkinson’s New Zealand.  We support people living with Parkinson’s to remain active in their communities and also mentally and physically active through exercise, singing groups, dance sessions and even specials boxing classes run by heavyweight boxer Shane Cameron.

I’d like you – the heavyweights of the business world to join us. You have over 13,000 potential customers living with Parkinson’s, and that’s over 13,000 families that could be attracted by your approach.

I just want to share a recent story with you that show the potential business has for improving the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s. Read more

Barnardos

Barnardos CEO Jeff Sanders provides us all with an insight of how children can thrive in Aotearoa

Jeff Sanders CEO of Barnardos presents the winner of the BACS Good Business Egg Award 2017 to ANZ  for education and skills.

Jeff ‘s speech:

The work we do at Barnardos impacts the future of New Zealand. Every day we touch the lives of vulnerable children and young people ensuring that the next generation can reach their full potential.

Unfortunately not every child in New Zealand has a happy, healthy, or safe childhood. Often the kids we work with are going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. Read more

The BACS Pile of Bricks Award 2017 presented at the BACS Good Business Egg Awards in Wellington

The BACS Living Award 2017 was presented to Countdown, The Warehouse and ANZ in Wellington.

Julia at ANZOur tikanga within BACS

Sharing: We encourage our members to share with each other. Business has resources and tools they can share. Community can share their rich resource of community knowledge and wisdom. Our events and website maintain the need to connect and share between us. Read more

We're very pleased to have Age Concern join BACS in our community sector

Age Concern New Zealand provides opportunities for older Kiwis to have a healthy lifestyle, full of opportunities and protection from harm.

We have a network of 35 local Age Concerns providing exercise, health promotion and social programmes as well as a free and confidential Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service. We employ professional staff to work with older people and their carers, providing support and advocacy.

New Zealand has an ageing population. New Zealanders are living longer, healthier and more active lives. The ageing of our population is often portrayed in terms of increased costs; including costs of health care, residential care and New Zealand Superannuation. Read more

A big 'High Five' to GoodCompany NZ, our newest BACS Partner who has tools for communities and corporates

Welcome to GoodCompany NZ.

GoodCompany helps to build online tools for individuals, corporates and charities to engage in impact-driven workplace giving programmes.

The tools we build help donors to identify the most meaningful way to give to causes that they are passionate about – whether it be donations, payroll giving, general or skills-based volunteering or fundraising.

We also provide the support systems to make giving opportunities easier for charities and corporates.

Website:www.mygoodcompany.org.nz

The BACS Social Index is a simple tool highlighting responsible businesses in New Zealand

The BACS Good Business Egg Awards takes businesses recognised by New Zealand communities for good Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity through a process of evaluation to determine who comes up the best. 

How the BACS Social Index began.

 

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

Business activities are categorised into 3 areas: Education and Skills; Health and Wellbeing; and Community Empowerment.

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, made sometimes more complicated by some businesses, with slick marketing messages and poor reporting.

Having hosted 4 years’ worth of Awards we noticed the same businesses bubbling to the top each year. Using this process has built up a story about how each business’s philosophy and culture supports positive and effective CSR activity that is valued by the communities they partner with. Read more

Fonterra winners

Big or small, local or national there are now numerous possibilities for fundraising with businesses

Working with Businesses

Big or small, local or national there are now numerous possibilities for fundraising with businesses.

Find out how to leverage the opportunities provided by business relationships, and ensure that what you are proposing provides mutual benefits for both parties.

In this full day workshop you will explore:

  • why businesses want to work with charities
  • what expectations they have about your organisation
  • what kind of support they want to provide
  • how to make the relationship work for you
  • whether this is the right fundraising opportunity for your organisation
  • the differences between sponsorships and partnerships and which will work for you
  • what resourcing you will need to provide
  • and how to get yourself “business” ready

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Engagement- 'It's not just comms' an upcoming workshop for community in Auckland

Quality engagement achieves action.  When people understand ‘why’, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ come easily.  By activating hearts, we can motivate minds.

The space in which communities connect and communicate has changed. We have an opportunity to lead strategic engagement and communication, which empowers communities.

Using future-proofed tools and techniques we can facilitate robust two-way conversation, create champions for your work and help you engage with communities and stakeholders.

In this free workshop for charities and community organisations led by Sonja de Friez, we will:

  • understand why engagement and two-way conversation work

  • learn how to strategically and collectively communicate with all stakeholders

  • see how engagement can support a culture change required to shift thinking and behaviour to increase the effectiveness of your work

  • build a matrix to get appropriate, targeted engagement

  • understand how engagement allows two-way conversation, and provides a feedback loop for constant evaluation

  • learn how to create champions, allowing a cascade of engagement, where quality information is shared using the voice of each sector/community.

Sonia will cover engagement using social and digital media (including video), as well as proactive engagement with mainstream media. There will be a short Q&A session after the workshop (time permitting).

 About Sonja

Sonja is passionate about communities being well informed, actively engaged and empowered.

For more than ten years she’s worked with large and complex organisations, predominantly in the public service, helping them to engage and inform their communities by developing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies that are innovative and future-proofed.

She has proven experience at changing public perspectives around challenging subjects, and always find positive solutions to ensure communities are informed, with the right information via the right platform.

A current affairs journalist and documentary maker for more than a decade, Sonja has also taught broadcast journalism to post graduate students. Sonja also reviews books for National Radio, and is on the Board of Changing Minds, a not-for-profit working in the area of mental health and addiction.

 When: 8.30am-11.00am Wednesday 15 February

Where: The Front Room, Spark City, 167 Victoria Street West, Auckland

RSVP to auckland@communitycomms.org.nz

 This is a free workshop for charities and community organisations organised by the Auckland branch of the Community Comms Collective. Please let us know what organisation you’re representing when you RSVP. Collective volunteers are also welcome to attend. Spaces are limited so RSVPs are essential. Big thanks to Spark for providing the venue.

Website: www.communitycomms.org.nz

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