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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 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

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

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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.

ANZ

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me 5 rings coloured blue, yellow, black, red and green

“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

…five rings coloured blue, yellow, black, red and green

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ANZ Christmas tree with Kiwiana!

This is very clever of my true love as ANZ was the major sponsor of this year’s New Zealand Olympic team.

The Olympics is about a lot more than medals, just like Christmas is about a lot more than presents and time off work – although all are a nice bonus.

You may not be an international athlete, but sometimes as the year’s finish line comes into sight, it can feel like you’ve run just as far and worked just as hard.

From us at ANZ to all of you, may your 12 days of Christmas and beyond be relaxing, safe, happy and shared with those close to you.

Website: www.anz.co.nz

The Stanley East Company

A flash survey on how New Zealand businesses reacted to the Hamner earthquake: We know where to take our business

A flash survey is a swift and nifty tool to capture what’s happening during real- time events and in this case to gauge corporate leadership during this turbulent period after the Hamner earthquake and areas affected.

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We know where to take our business.

This has been the third flash survey after a major earthquake in New Zealand by The Stanley East Company since the devastating quake on February 22nd 2011 in Christchurch.

We saw then a number of major businesses had taken leadership in conveying not just business details of open/closed shops or offices but showed great compassion and provided resources for communities struck by the damage. We also mentioned those that had shown empathy in their messaging, after all we are all people.

Alas back then, one business had no mention of assisting people via their media during the terrible times that Christchurch and beyond had suffered. We spoke to them afterwards to convey our dismay, their response was “there was an intranet for their staff”, however family, friends and customers would not have been impressed.  And worst of all their main message on their website was their share market value that day! Read more

Jess of LBG

LBG Associate Director, Jessica Pattison led a discussion on business impact in the community at the last BACS Talking Pod for 2015

Last week we were pleased to have LBG Australia & New Zealand’s Associate Director, Jessica Pattison to lead a discussion about business impact in the community at the last BACS Talking Pod for 2015.

Jess kicked off her presentation with some of the key highlights and trends from LBG’s recent Annual Review of Community Investment, using LBG’s impressive microsite with 10 years of benchmarked data and analysis.

Those in attendance were keen to understand the latest approaches to community investment programmes and Jess highlighted a number of interesting examples from her work with LBG members.

In particular realestate.com.au’s volunteer bank was discussed – an innovative approach to volunteer leave whereby each employee receives one day of paid leave to volunteer in a community, with the company wide allocation of volunteer leave being placed into a bank so that if an employee’s volunteering activity requires more than one day of leave, they can apply to the bank for the extra time needed to make a difference. Read more

ANZ

BACS Chats with ANZ CFO Antonia Watson who 'walks the talk' and believes in supporting local community

ANZ Chief Financial Officer Antonia Watson wholeheartedly believes in the importance of supporting your local community. And that is just one of the reasons why she was chosen to chair the ANZ Staff Foundation Advisory Board.

Antonia Watson

Antonia Watson CFO at ANZ Bank

 

The ANZ Staff Foundation is a charitable trust that collects money from participating staff members and donates it to local charities – for example counselling for disadvantaged young people, shelter for pets, and programmes supporting people with disabilities. The bank matches all staff contributions dollar-for-dollar.

“Wherever I’ve worked, I’ve made an effort to participate in payroll giving.

“Being part of the ANZ Staff Foundation is an important driver for staff engagement because it’s a tangible way that staff can help to make a difference in their local community.”

The Foundation has received unprecedented support among staff over the past three years due to a robust internal communications programme at ANZ.

In February 2015 the Foundation’s membership sits at 23%, an achievement that ANZ is very proud of when you consider that the average percentage of staff that donate to payroll giving schemes in New Zealand is only 6%. Read more

Good Eggs

Latest flash survey: Coca Cola, corporates and communities

Which corporates promote healthy living in NZ and who ‘walks the talk’ rather than just ticking a corporate social responsibility box?

The departing CEO of Coca Cola leaves New Zealand with the claim that Kiwis hate corporate business. Whilst the incoming CEO brings with him the latest news/advertisements that Coca Cola has joined the war on excessive calories as part of ‘healthy living’.  All this fuelled with media commentators stating that  ‘corporates cannot be trusted.’

If corporates are not to be trusted then surely nobody would want to work with them in partnership. Can any major company promote good health? Is it the usual suspects, food and beverage businesses, fitness or insurance companies?

For those who work in the health community particularly in not-for profit organisations many rely or attempt to, on corporate giving.

The Stanley East Company surveyed 20 community organisations that work under the umbrella of  ‘healthy living.’ They included groups and organisations that work with communities-in-need, some in food rescue, others in mental health situations or working with children, the elderly and those in distress. Read more

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Corporate giving bounces back with over $237 million contributed in NZ and Australia

After a major dip in 2012, corporate giving has risen by 16% with over $237 million contributed to the community this year, according to the London Benchmarking Group (LBG).

Education and Youth were the largest beneficiaries with over $63 million in contributions from LBG members across Australia and New Zealand, according to the group’s Annual Review recent release.

LBG is a global network of companies that apply LBG’s framework to measure their community investment. The Australia and New Zealand branch boasts the largest membership of over 50 companies including the likes of New Zealand Post, QANTAS, ANZ, Fonterra, Holden, Toyota and many more. Contributions comprise of cash, volunteered employee time, in-kind support and management costs.

LBG Corporate Community Investment Director Simon J Robinson said “This year’s increased investments can be in part attributed to the low benchmark set by a significant decrease in contributions in 2012. The total this year is still somewhat shy of the contributions of over $250 million that were made annually from 2009 to 2011.” Read more