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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 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.

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

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"Contact has provided a well considered, strategic set of priorities that are geographically, culturally and economically enabling"

Craig Griffiths (far right) of Contact Energy stands with the two other winners at the BACS Good Business Egg Awards wondering what’s in the box.

The BACS Living Award

What’s in the box? Perplexed winners seek answers as to what is the BACS Living Award?

Contact Energy won the award for Community Empowerment at the BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2106.

Comments from the community panelists included: ” Contact appear to have a good grasp of what is important to their stakeholders and their approach to sustainability seems to be a long term vision that is embedded in the company’s brand and culture.”

And, “Here is an organisation showing some leadership in this space! Contact has provided a well considered, strategic set of priorities that are geographically, culturally and economically enabling.”

More photos of the BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2016 on our Facebook page.

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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.

Eleven Good Eggs

Eleven get 10 out of 10

Eleven Good Eggs

Eleven good eggs

 

How did New Zealand business respond immediately online to the Canterbury earthquake in February 2011?

The earthquake that hit Canterbury in February 2011 was devastating with loss of lives, homes, business and infrastructure. The Stanley East Company conducted a flash- survey of company websites to monitor their response to the public, customers and staff within the first 48 hours when people were anxious, looking for loved ones, unsure of what was happening and in need of information.

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