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.


Read Again: Vodafone helps new parents be at their best with pioneering new maternity policy

Expectant mothers employed by Vodafone New Zealand can look forward to a new level of financial support and flexibility thanks to a pioneering new maternity policy launched across Vodafone operating companies globally.

A bold new policy will mean primary caregivers* who return to Vodafone within 12 months receive full pay for a 30-hour week for the first six months.  The result? New parents can spend an extra day at home each week during the critical development stages of a child’s life.

In addition, soon-to-be mothers will be offered 16 weeks pro-rata paid leave, through an improved company initiative that tops up the government’s Paid Parental Leave to full pay. The move coincides with the increase in Paid Parental Leave being introduced by the government on 1 April, 2015, which is also when Vodafone’s new policy comes in to effect. Read more

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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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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

Seven Good Eggs

Latest Flash Survey: Business and community, a marriage made in heaven?

Does business engagement in the community make for perfect corporate social responsibility?

Many community organisations flirt with the idea of partnering with business, the perfect match between the gorgeous young thing with high ideals and worthy causes (an Eva Longario) with a strong, debonair business donor aligned with success and wealth (a George Clooney) should surely be a marriage made in heaven?

Why would a community organisation want to go knocking on the door of a business partner in the first place?

The Stanley East Company surveyed 30 New Zealand community organisations, representing health, community empowerment, the arts and education.

During their early courtship days community groups wanted to find the right partner, so we asked them how many companies had they approached? This appeared unknown for many, as numerous doors had been knocked on, too many funding applications had gone unrequited and too much water had swept under the bridge ravaging the memories of those that spent their days trying to get a response.

So what made them do it, what did they want from their partner-to-be? And what sort of response did they get? Read more


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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UK big business turns to the Church in attempt to repair its reputation

Company chiefs will today turn to the Church in a bid to repair business’s reputation following the financial crisis.

The  London Evening Standard reports ” Bosses from firms including Tesco and Vodafone were joining the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, to discuss ways to put moral principles at the heart of business behaviour.

The move to focus on the good that big business can do in society has also won the support of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

It comes after a series of scandals involving banks, including the attempted manipulation of the Libor borrowing rate. About 200 other executives, from companies including Unilever, BAE Systems and Centrica, were joining today’s conference.  Read it here


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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