The BACS Living Award

The BACS Living Award evaluation on the Empty Cardboard Box 2016-17

The ‘Empty Cardboard Box Award’

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

 The BACS Good Business Egg Awards

The BACS Good Business Egg (GBE) Awards take businesses nominated by community organisations, and identifies who is fulfilling expectations on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and impacting New Zealand society in a positive way.

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

Businesses are categorised into three areas: Education and Skills; Community Empowerment; and Health and Wellbeing.

What we are looking for in a ‘Good Business Egg’: Read more

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The BACS Social Index Results for New Zealand Business 2017

The BACS Social Index Report 2017

The BACS Social Index was launched in 2016 at a breakfast event kindly hosted by Fonterra in Auckland with a good number of interested businesses and community leaders to find out about another BACS initiative. This year we had our event in Wellington and had a great group of people keen to see and hear the results through the good works over the past year.

 

How the BACS Social Index works

 

The first step for a business to be on the BACS Social Index is to have been nominated by a community/charity organisation and processed through a 7- step criteria through the BACS Good Business Egg Awards. The business does not need to be a member of BACS and cannot submit themselves.

After a considerable process the panel of the 16-18 community leaders makes comments and scores on each of the short- listed businesses. Their decisions provide the winners with a Good Business Egg Award and runners up are also acknowledged. BACS then collect this data over two years to provide a consistent result to grow the BACS Social Index. Read more

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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)

Congratulations to Countdown who have now been acknowledged with a BACS Good Business Egg Award 2 years running

BACS Good Business Egg Award for Health and Wellbeing 2017

CountdownCongratulations to Countdown who have now been acknowledged with a BACS Good Business Egg Award 2 years running.

Their commitment to health includes a wide range of activity, including the Alzheimers project.

Alzheimers Project

Countdown supports Alzheimers New Zealand’s annual appeal. The not-for-profit organisation offers practical support to people living with the condition, as well as their carers and family.

The 2016 Appeal encourages customers to donate at checkouts, or purchase Southern Kitchen / Countdown Lamingtons with a portion of proceeds being donated to Alzheimers NZ.

Countdown has supported the Alzheimers New Zealand Appeal for more than 13 years and has helped raise $1.5 million during this period. In 2015 more than $30,000 was raised, which was used to support the 50,000 New Zealanders living with dementia.

“Alzheimers seems to be a straight cause related marketing campaign. This has some credit in the CSR bank due to the longevity of the campaign – on the road to iconic!” BACS Panelist 2017.

The BACS Panels are made up of community leaders who comment and provide scores. Runners up were The Warehouse and KPMG.

Website:www.countdown.co.nz

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.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me 10 Lords leaping into Countdown stores

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

Ten Lords are leaping right into their local Countdown store.

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It’s not just the Countdown Christmas range that has the Lords cock-a-hoop, it’s the Free Fruit for Kids, which their regal progeny can’t munch enough of.

And don’t mention this to the second day of Christmas, but we’ve just seen the Partridge and her kids at Countdown Napier, picking pears right out of the free fruit basket.

(Mrs Partridge was overheard saying “This just makes my life sooo much easier; I just don’t have the time this Xmas to hang around in a pear tree.).

Website: www.countdown.co.nz

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The Health and Wellbeing category at the BACS Good Business Eggs 2016 was won by Countdown

James Walker of Countdown picks up the award for Health and Wellbeing joined with the three presenters, Trevor Easton of OUTLine, Mat Scott of Father and Child and Dr Ang Jury.

Countdown wins BACS GBE 2016 for Health and Wellbeing

Countdown wins BACS GBE 2016 for Health and Wellbeing

Comments made by the panelists included “The Kids Hospital Appeal and support for Alzheimers New Zealand provide funding at both ends of the age spectrum. Countdown’s loyalty to these causes is admired.”

And, “It is hard to see past this company in this category. The sheer breadth of the initiatives they support-both local and national covering off social, economic and environmental concerns is outstanding. Their commitment to corporate social responsibility is clearly articulated and central to their stated strategic direction.”

See the BACS Facebook page for more photos.

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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