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 Good Business Egg Awards 2015 short list announced

BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2015 short list announced

The 2015 short list comprises of 20 NZ businesses considered as good business eggs. A total of 17 community leaders on the judging panel are currently sifting through reports and indications of business good practise in the community.  This year a kokako ‘virtual’ egg will be part of the awards to the three winning businesses.

“Although we don’t know yet who will win the three awards we do know that this year it has been more difficult as the initial list has grown by 30 percent.

“And there is now a greater understanding by community leaders of what is expected in good corporate social responsibility which has made the scoring more challenging” said Julie Donvin-Irons Director of Business and Community Shares (BACS).

The past year provided 97 business names through questionnaires and feedback from community organisations. The first round brought the number down to 53 companies that were then observed through their own reporting, media and comments from charities. Read more


Cadbury Jaffa Race raises money for charities

Jaffas wore a new fluro green look when they jostled and tumbled down world’s steepest street at the infamous Cadbury Jaffa Race in Dunedin. 

The race marked the end of the week long Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival and raised funds for Parents Centre NZ Inc. and Make-A-Wish New Zealand.

With one of the largest turnouts in the history of the race, an excited crowd cheered on as two races of 25,000 Jaffas hurtled down Baldwin St. It was an amazingly tight race with the winning Jaffa crossing the finish line in under 25 seconds.

12-year old Jayden Chaplin from Dunedin was granted his wish by Make-A-Wish New Zealand to release the Jaffas for the first race. Make-A-Wish, along with Parents Centre NZ Inc. are this year’s beneficiaries from the race, raising money from the sales of Jaffa tickets.

The world’s steepest street party kicked off with pop sensation Jamie McDell performing live as part of the celebrations.

“The Cadbury Jaffa Race is always a great way to complete the chocolate celebration in Dunedin. Over the last week we have seen hundreds of people enjoying the festive feeling of Joyville, and of course experiencing the joy of Cadbury,” said Cadbury New Zealand Managing Director, Alastair De Raadt.



The winners of the Good Business Eggs in New Zealand Awards 2013 are announced

Egg throwing at the Good Business Eggs Awards 2013

A little bit of egg throwing by enthusiastic winners, Minister Jo Goodhew and BACS!

New Zealand’s best business “good eggs” were announced last night at a special function at the Department of Conservation in Wellington.

From sixty -six businesses the nine finalists lined up to hear who was to take a Good Business Egg award of New Zealand.

Only three were awarded as the ‘very best’ by community organisations surveyed over the past year with a line up of some of the country’s largest companies alongside some small and medium enterprises.

Business and Community Shares (BACS) was launched at the same event, a hub for community and business to share resources and skills.

Founder Julie Donvin-Irons said she was delighted with the response to the event with real interest from a great many organisations.

The Hon. Jo Goodhew Minister of The Community and Voluntary Sector presented the awards to the three winners; BNZ Bank, USave and Vodafone.

The event was sponsored by the Stanley East Company and Cadbury.

The runners up were: Contact Energy, CQ Hotels Wellington, Fonterra, Genesis Energy, NZPost, ANZ Bank.

Photo by Neil Mckenzie.


BACS is launched!

BACS is launched!

On Thursday 11th April at the Department of Conservation in Wellington BACS was duly launched with a mixture of dignity and a little egg-tossing fun.

After nearly 8 months of road testing BACS we were very pleased to share the successes we have had in membership growth, the amount of news we have put online and especially the shared resources and skills that have been posted onto BACS.

Members, partners, guests and friends attended the event in the beautiful and restful foyer of DOC.  Avon Adams welcomed us all on behalf of DOC with details of their commitment to the partnership they have with BACS.

Their new video of partnership- working with volunteers within the greatest living space on earth was well received.

Founder Julie Donvin-Irons spoke about BACS and how it intends to grow further with continuing partnerships and campaigns.

She also reminded those present that they were welcome to offer a koha to Kaibosh, which would further assist them with their work to rescue and recycle viable food for those in need.

Scott Arrell of Thales, spoke as a business member of BACS. As a global company that designs and operates systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements Thales has an exceptional international footprint, and is clearly aware of its corporate social responsibility in New Zealand with the need to work in partnerships.

From the Hikurangi Foundation, Alex Hannant explained what the foundation does as a base for social enterprises in the areas of energy, land-use, consumption and use and how through developed support models they equip people with some great resources. Alex spoke of the benefits for them in BACS as a community member.

The London Benchmarking Group director for New Zealand and Australia, Simon Robinson explained the need for companies to measure their community investment through a clear methodology that can be used for in- house reporting or as a benchmark externally. He continued their commitment to BACS as a CSR partner.

Chair Heather Stonyer welcomed the Hon Jo Goodhew, Minister of Volunteering and the Community sector to officially launch Business and Community Shares.

The Minister made a rousing speech about business and community sharing resources and described BACS as an exciting tool in the box!

Heather then took the opportunity to make a call for interest to business and community organisations to take leadership in the health campaign that BACS intends to roll out as soon as possible.

After more tasty nibbles and drinks we continued with the Good Business Eggs of New Zealand awards. We made good use of the Minister as she presented the three winners, BNZ Bank, USave and Vodafone with hampers of Cadbury chocolates and a specially designed photo award.

Each member went onto announce the charity they were donating their hamper too. Some egg throwing was necessary as an outlet to the exuberance and delight of winning the awards after the earlier tension and excitement. (No eggs were harmed during this pursuit.)

The BACS team wishes to thank all who attended that evening, those that have supported and are committed to BACS, and we very much look forward to working with you to make a greater impact on people sustainability in New Zealand.

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BACS is glad to announce Cadbury as a new member

Cadbury has a long tradition in community involvement.

The three key areas of contribution are: education and enterprise, health and wellness and environmental sustainability.

At Cadbury World, we are constantly looking for areas to improve upon and adhere to the guiding Maori principle of Kaitiakitanga, and acting as guardians across all cultural, natural, environmental and social environments.  We feel it is important to share with our visitors, initiatives that we have implemented to ensure we act sustainably and to encourage visitors to travel sustainably.

One programme Cadbury is involved in is ‘Reading for Life.’

Volunteers from Cadbury become reading buddies to selected children in primary schools and assist by helping enhance children’s reading skills, self-esteem and motivation.  Each volunteer works with a child one-to-one for 45 minutes every week for between 10 and 15 weeks. Website: