GoodCompany wins award

GoodCompany wins prestigious Westpac Award

Westpac has awarded GoodCompany a High Potential Business of Tomorrow, based on our potential to shape Australia’s future. Of the 200 winners overall, we’re one of only twenty companies in the nation to receive this accolade.

The Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow program recognises and supports great Australian businesses today, with a clear vision for tomorrow. David Lindberg, judge and Chief Executive, at Westpac Business Bank, remarked

“As Australia’s first unified workplace giving and volunteering rewards platform, GoodCompany has made a significant impact on the Australian not for profit sector. Through making it easy and empowering staff to give their time, talent and donations to causes in need, GoodCompany helps make a positive impact to the lives of many Australians.”

The 200 winners were chosen from almost 2,000 applications nationally. They were based on criteria such as business purpose, contribution to customers and the community, current strengths and vision for the future. All winners have a track record of delivery and are determined to have the qualities and potential to help tomorrow’s customers and communities. We are honoured to be included in this impressive cohort.

“We found the calibre of applicants extremely high. These are leaders with a strong sense of purpose and the capability to think differently about meeting customer needs that exist today and those that may be needed in the future” said Lyn Cobley, Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank.

Ash Rosshandler, GoodCompany CEO, has returned inspired from the awards presentation and time with Westpac executives “I look forward to sharing our journey as a winner of this prestigious award. The recognition and tailored prize package will enable us to achieve even more for the community.

Thanks to Westpac we have $100K to spend on professional services and also an international study tour in August.  We’re absolutely thrilled by the support!”

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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:Westpac shows us 10 smart ways managers can motivate their team

 Career satisfaction is vital to Kiwis. According to a 2014 survey by GFK, 82% of us believe that being happy at work plays a pivotal role in our overall happiness.

And the cheerier we are, the better we perform. Happy staff are, on average, 12% more productive than their grumpier colleagues1.Keeping morale high isn’t simply a matter of regular pay rises and the occasional team-bonding away day – although they definitely help. Here are 10 smart ways managers can motivate their team without blowing the budget. 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


Westpac hosts Disability in the Workplace events as good example of business social responsibility

Notes from the BACS Talking Pods kindly hosted by Westpac

Where and when:

  • Auckland: Westpac on Takutai Square, Auckland on 26th November 2014 welcomed by Karen Silk, General Manager of Corporate & Institutional Banking.
  • Wellington: Westpac on Lambton Quay, Wellington 3rd December 2014 welcomed by Grant Fleming Head of Government Relations, Sustainability and Community Corporate Affairs.
  • Pre- BACS Talking Pod Westpac Wellington celebrated Disability Day with Minister for Disability Nicky Wagner. Read more

Westpac to host a BACS Talking Pod on disability in the workplace

Diversity in the Workplace: This BACS Talking Pod features on disability in the workplace.

Westpac was noted as outstanding in the 2013 ‘The Good, the Not-So-Good and the Inspirational’ survey on disability in the workplace and was a finalist for the BACS Good Business Egg Award for Health in 2014.

BACS Talking Pods are unique occasions, providing opportunities for questions, sharing experiences and connecting with others in a small group. Emerge Supported Employment Trust will also be attending.

Kindly hosted by Westpac

Wednesday 26th November 2014 Auckland

Welcome by Karen Silk: General Manager of Corporate & Institutional Banking

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 Wellington

Welcome by Ian Blair: General Manager Retail Bank

Please contact BACS here to register your interest. Fees may be applicable.


Westpac calls for nominations for Women of Influence awards

If you think you, or someone you know, is a Woman of Influence, here’s how to make a nomination.

See our 2013 finalists and winners here.
There are eight categories you can make a nomination for;

  1. Board and Management
  2. Local and Regional
  3. Innovation and Science
  4. Business Entrepreneur
  5. Emerging Leader
  6. Community
  7. Social Enterprise, and
  8. Arts

Find out more about each category here.

Place a nomination

You can enter yourself, or nominate someone else, for more than one Women of Influence award.

Further questions?

Feel free to send enquiries to the Awards Manager, at luck.

Talk to us on 0800 400 600

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The good, the not-so-good and the inspirational; Three good business eggs nominated

A survey on Disability in the Workplace as part of diversity in corporate social responsibility.

Three Good Eggs

Who were the three good eggs?

Three companies nominated as ‘good business eggs’ for top ratings in their policy-making on disability in the workplace, openness to change and innovation, and showing a greater awareness of what could be achieved by improving diversity.

Twenty companies were surveyed by The Stanley East Company in 2013 to gain knowledge on how NZ business directs their approaches to recruiting and retaining staff with disabilities. Businesses included SME’s through to large global corporates to provide a useful snapshot of differing approaches across varied industries, types of companies, and locations. Read more

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Unitec lecturer named ‘Emerging Leader’ in Women of Influence Awards

Mahsa Mohaghegh, a programme leader and lecturer in the Department of Computing at Unitec, has been named ‘Emerging Leader’ in the inaugural New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.

Established by Westpac New Zealand and Fairfax Media, the awards honour women who are making their mark on New Zealand and its future. 
Mahsa is driven by a desire to share her passion for technology with other young women. She leads a network for women in the once male-dominated technology sector.

“It’s such an honour for me to be chosen as the winner of this award, and even to be counted as a finalist with each of the other outstanding women in my category. I really hope that I can be an influence for good, and encourage young women out there to stand out, strive for excellence, and achieve great things,” says Mahsa.

Mahsa is the director for Girl Geek Coffees in Auckland whose goal is to bring women in technology together for collective mentoring and support. The group has gone from strength to strength, doubling in numbers, gaining sponsorships from Google, Vodafone and Unitec and inspiring a new generation of women to reach for leadership roles within their tech careers. Read more