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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.

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85 businesses go into the grindmill to see who's making impact in the New Zealand community

The organisers of the annual BACS Good Business Egg Awards for 2016 have just closed the long list of candidates and are ready to scrutinize the companies that are doing well (or badly in some cases) within communities.

“There’s always a lot of huff and puff “ says Julie Donvin-Irons CEO of BACS, an organisation that connects business and community with the aim of improving social issues, “when dealing with companies that enjoy the publicity of helping out but not understanding the real issue or just doing it for their marketing strategy.

“The aim of the awards is to showcase good practice rather than just pat business leaders on the back, we want them to keep evolving into mature and knowledgeable employers and use the collective wisdom of community for better outcomes.

“We’re kind of a blend of mystery shoppers and the SAS says Julie, “throughout the next few months businesses without their knowledge will be quietly checked to see whether their community investment is real and ongoing and how it is reported. Read more

Hone McGregor CEO of Forest and Bird 'awards' kokako egg to three winners

CEO of Forest & Bird Hone McGregor presents award to Deloitte winner of BACS Good Business Egg in Education.

Education GBE Deloitte

Left to Right: Hone McGregor, Alison Howard, Xavier Black, James Araci, Linda Fisher and Deborah Lucas.

As part of the awards Forest & Bird presented a picture of a kokako, a New Zealand endangered bird to the three winners. This represents the egg that each business will ‘adopt’ when laid and be able to follow the progress of its development.

Website:www.forestandbird.org.nz

 

 

Deloitte GBE

"We thought we might get a chance next year" said Deborah Lucas of Deloitte

Winners of the Education category at the BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2015.

Deloitte winners GBE 2015

Winners of the Education Good Business Eggs. The Deloitte team hold their Good Egg photo and the Kokako picture from Forest & Bird. L to R Xavier Black, Deborah Lucas and Alison Howard.

The BACS Good Business Egg Awards held on 2rd April 2015 at the CQ Hotels Wellington awarded Deloitte with the award for Education.

Education Winner: Deloitte. Runners up: Vodafone, The Warehouse.

Awards process

–    There were 97 businesses on the “long list”. The list was compiled through the year from BACS surveys, questionnaires and community feedback.

–    The assessments were made by a panel of community leaders to establish the winners. Assessors used publicly available information such as annual reports as well as their own experience in grading the finalists.

Community comments on Deloitte.

  • “Very impressive management-level input and funding for two very valuable programmes.”
  • “They have clearly chosen carefully who to support, and how they can add value, with a great focus on scaling up education charitable organisations.”
  • “Like the fact that their partnerships are long term and like the touch on influencing through governance – important.”

 

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Winners of the BACS Good Business Egg Awards 2015

Three of New Zealand’s most well known companies: Fonterra, Deloitte and The Warehouse were last night crowned “Good Business Eggs” in recognition of their work in the community sector.

Fonterra winners

Fonterra, winners of the BACS Good Business Egg Award for Health 2015

Three of New Zealand’s most well known companies: Fonterra, Deloitte and The  Warehouse were last night crowned “Good Business Eggs” in recognition of their work in the community sector.

Whilst these companies might be better known for the scale of their business activities, they also demonstrate significant commitments to their various community initiatives.

The event hosted by CQ Hotels Wellington, one of last years winners was packed with business and community leaders anxious to see who had won the annual award.

This year’s winners were awarded a virtual kokako egg from Forest & Bird; businesses will be able to follow the progress of their bird throughout the year. Read more