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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 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

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

 

We are delighted to invite you to a BACS Breakfast with David Halley, one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers on CSR in the world

We are delighted to invite you to a BACS Breakfast with David Halley, one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers on Corporate Social Responsibility in the world.

David will cover a full range of areas that business in New Zealand can gain on corporate social responsibility. This event will be particularly useful for businesses interested in learning more about international developments and the benefits of community investment within New Zealand.

This will include:

  • Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Contexts for business
  • Some issues in emerging markets
  • Diversity and human rights
  • Motivation in excellence in CSR
  • Community investment

Contact us here for further details for this event in March 2017. As our events are very limited numbers we recommend your early enquiry.

About David Halley

David has travelled the world in his capacity of Head of International Partnerships at Business in the Community in London until his retirement in December 2011, and is Director of Halley Associates.

A native of New Zealand, David followed a business career with IBM Corporation and with Digital Equipment Corp. Among the positions he held were International Marketing Manager, IBM Entry Systems Division, in the USA, part of the team which launched the groundbreaking IBM Personal Computer, London Regional Manager for the IBM Personal Computer Business, and General Manager, Marketing and Distribution, DEC NZ.

After leaving IBM David focused with Business in The Community on the development of CSR and Corporate Community Investment (CCI) programmes with UK and multi-national corporate clients. He developed and co-ordinated a global network of partners in 65 countries, a grouping of 125 independent specialised NGOs providing CSR consultancy, brokerage and project management at local, national and international level. It is called the CSR 360 Global Partner Network, www.csr360gpn.org.

In the course of his international development work, David worked closely with British Embassies and High Commissions and participated with them in over 30 CSR conferences and seminars in cities including Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgrade and Bratislava. In addition, he continues as a lecturer at the bi-annual CSR post-graduate course run jointly at the University of Buenos Aires by partner Fundacion Amartya and Norwegian agency KulturStudier.

David was educated at Victoria University in Wellington and Auckland University and then the Sorbonne in Paris. He is bi-lingual in French, speaks fluent Italian and some Spanish. He has recently begun to learn German. He is married with 3 children, and is the author of “The Complete Guide to Employee Community Involvement”, European Commission 1999, and “The ECI Company Workbook,” CSR Europe 2000. He is co-author of the ENGAGE Community Investment DVD toolkit.

He was awarded a BITC Outstanding Contribution Award in 2011 in recognition of his international development work.

He is a Trustee of Richmond Council for Voluntary Service and adviser to South London CVS Partnership, advisor to SmartKolektiv Belgrade, a former Trustee of GAP Youth Projects International, all NGOs, and a past Governor of Richmond Adult Community College, based in London. He has recently become Chairman of Trustees of the London office of Un Techo para mi Pais, a charity working in Latin America to alleviate living conditions in shanty towns and slums. www.techo.com.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and Commerce, a Friend of the Royal Academy and a Tate Member.

 

 

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BACS Team working hard over the summer to find BACS Good Business Eggs for Easter 2017

Working hard over the summer to find Good Business Eggs for Easter 2017.

BACS Good Business Eggs are beginning their quest to find the fifth annual winners for 2017. And over the summer period the long process of checking and verifying what business has invested in the community over the past year is being completed for the 5th annual awards in April.

Last year Contact Energy, KPMG and Countdown were winners at a superb evening kindly hosted by The Warehouse in Auckland.

As is stands the long roll is now down to a ‘medium list’ of 46 businesses and those that have been considered in this independent process are now under some scrutiny.

Julie Donvin-Irons Director of BACS says “Our next step now is to provide the panelists of community leaders with the information to appraise each business on their community investment, this will provide valuable insights which is good for all concerned.”

Once the panellists consider who is best in each of the three categories, Health, Education and Community Empowerment the BACS Good Business Egg Awards will be presented in Wellington whereby BACS members and the general public can attend to find out who becomes a “Good Egg” and who wins the BACS Living Award.

In alphabetical order:       

Air New Zealand, Annah Stretton, ANZ, ASB, Auckland Airport, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Bell Gully, BNZ,  Broadspectrum, Bunnings, Chorus, Coca Cola, Contact Energy, Countdown, CQ Hotels Wellington, Datacom, DB Breweries, Deloitte, Fonterra, Fuji Xerox, Genesis Energy, Hubbards, IAG, IBM, Kiwibank, KPMG, Microsoft, New World, Noel Leeming, NZAS, NZ Rugby, NZ Post, Ricoh, Sanford, Sealord,  Skycity, Spark, TSB, Two Degrees, Unitec, Vodafone, Westpac, Westfield, The Warehouse, Z Energy, Zespri.

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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