New Zealand’s best business “good eggs” were announced last week at a function at the Department of Conservation in Wellington, where BNZ, USave and Vodafone came out on top for the quality of their investment in communities.
The runners up were Contact Energy, CQ Hotels Wellington, Fonterra, Genesis Energy, NZ Post, and ANZ.
Over the past year community organisations were surveyed to gauge their opinion (rather than being given a list of names, they made their own calls).
“Corporate social responsibility is not just about sponsorship or giving funds,” says Julie Donvin-Irons of the Stanley East Company, which has been collecting evidence on businesses’ community involvement over the past two years.
“Our first survey on how businesses reacted to community need was within 48 hours after the second devastating Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.
“We were amazed that some companies’ websites were announcing shareholders results on their front pages rather than conveying some big messages that were needed for their staff and families."
The awards are being run by a new organisation, Business and Community Shares (BACS), which was officially launched at the same time. It's an online hub for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in New Zealand and says it has already attracted 55 members, including DOC, KPMG, Downer, The Warehouse, Chorus, Annah Stretton Unitec, the Red Cross, Wellington Women’s Refuge, Great Potentials, Kaibosh, and Volunteering NZ.