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The BACS Good Business Egg Winners 2018

The annual BACS Good Business Egg Awards were held in Auckland this year kindly hosted by Countdown, a previous winner in 2017.

A diverse group of business and communities participated in the event which has a good following over the past 6 years.

There have been 3 winners in each year of the popular corporate social responsibility scene where community leaders in New Zealand make the decisions as to who should win.

Julie Donvin-Irons, founder and director of BACS said she has seen the event become more interesting each year although there are not enough businesses pushing their results out on their CSR. “This appears that some are not doing well or using a cop- out if their strategy is poor. The annual event provides good examples of which businesses are noted as committed to doing it well.”

Fonterra scooped the Health and Wellbeing category this year. One panelist said of Fonterra, “A company like Fonterra has to show its CSR. It’s part of the way corporates should behave, and in this case, they have done so. Their behaviour and openness is brave and truly ‘good egg’ material.”

ANZ who had won the Education and Skills category last year punched into a new category for a bank in NZ as a Health and Wellbeing runner up. This was due to their mental health awareness training and that of those who have experienced robberies. One comment from a panelist noted… “when I read that I was taken aback and then realised what a fantastic idea.”

Countdown missed the top spot they had kept for 2 years running, as now runners up for 2018.

The Education and Skills winner was Auckland Airport who had been knocking on the winner’s door for the last couple of years, however their stunning results showed they were indeed top of the tree for 2018. Considerable number of comments were made on their excellent job with their Ara project, and potential in New Zealand.

Spark and The Warehouse were the bridesmaids this year with excellent education and skills programmes that have saw both companies using a clear purpose with a focus on education.

The big surprise of the night was the Community Empowerment award picked up by SKYCITY, passing over the two other contenders, IBM and DB Breweries, both already stalwarts high in the annual awards.

The results of the 2017 BACS Living Award “The Pile of Bricks” was announced by Deirdre O’Sullivan of Parkinsons NZ and Kate Porter of Countdown, two of the participants of those involved in the group. They explained they had learned how big the social problem of loneliness was so massive and how much they had collected to be used as BACS considers ongoing programmes.

The new BACS Living Award for 2108, is ‘The 100 Cups of Tea” by putting on the jug and listening to others experiences and ask what does business in NZ know about poverty and what can business do to be part of the solution? 

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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)

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The Warehouse wins their third BACS Good Business Egg in 5 years, more than any other NZ business

Testimony to the significant investment in the New Zealand community by The Warehouse…time to consider how they and why they achieve so well.

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The Warehouse continued to focus on working with organisations that support families and young people in three key areas: education, well-being and youth employment working at a national, regional and neighbourhood level.

Every year The Warehouse raises approximately $2.5 million for hundreds of community groups throughout New Zealand.

The Parenting Place has been chosen as one of the five national charities The Warehouse will support as part of their comprehensive community plan to help young people and families.

The Parenting Place work toward inspiring and supporting families and young people throughout New Zealand using programmes and resources designed for all.

“It does feel like this is all part of their DNA. Multiple examples given, some enduring relationships and others change annually; at national, regional and local levels.” BACS Panelist 2017.

The BACS Panels are made up of community leaders who comment and provide scores. Runners up were TSB Bank and Bell Gully.

Website: www.thewarehouse.co.nz

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.

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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

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The Warehouse wins the Good Business Egg Award for Community Empowerment 2015

The Warehouse won the BACS Good Business Egg for the second year in a row for community empowerment.

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Kirstin Jones-Elm and Shari French pick up the BACS Good Business Egg Award for Community Empowerment from Hone McGregor in foreground and James Araci at the back.

The Warehouse: Community Empowerment community panels comments included: 

  • “The Warehouse continues to giveback.”
  • “Long term commitment to sustainability, with a multi pronged approach to inclusion and community empowerment.”
  • “Good to see the Warehouse continuing to grow its community investment directly as well as through the Tindall Foundation.”

Paul Walsh, Executive General Manager of Community and Environment for The Warehouse Limited said after the event  “The entire Warehouse team are thrilled to have won this award, made all the more special as it’s community organisations themselves which have provided this recognition.

“Supporting our communities has been part of our DNA since Stephen Tindall founded The Warehouse over 30  years ago and, as a business, we look forward to the privilege of continuing to do so in the future.”

Website: www.thewarehouse.co.nz