Philanthropic 30 2017: The most caring companies in Britain (10-1)
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21 March 2017
Our Philanthropic 30 2017 campaign has shown that you don’t need a huge number of employees or a large budget to give something back, so we continue the rundown of the most caring companies in Britain.
Finishing off our reverse alphabetical reveal of the Philanthropic 30 winners, here are numbers ten to one on the list of the most caring companies in Britain, demonstrating a plan to change the idea of business value.
(10) Envirobuild Materials
The Envirobuild founders are on a mission to redefine the meaning of business value – in their eyes it represent “minimising humanity’s impact on the world”. For example, Envirobuild’s decking supplies range avoids the lucrative artificial grass space due to how damaging it is for the environment. Currently, ten per cent of profits are donated to the Rainforest Trust, while future growth will be contributed to focus on the oceans next. And with a green mentality encouraged, the company buys all furniture and equipment second-hand, while 75 per cent of staff cycle to work often.
(9) Document XL
Sector: Office supplies
After his mother passed away, Document XL’s MD Stephen Dobson wanted to give something back, inspired by the support Marie Curie Hospice provided her. Leveraging Document XL’s 20-year partnership with Xerox UK, he created Charity-Wrap. Through the fundraising scheme, each time a client prints a colour page with a Charity-Wrap Xerox printer, Document XL donates a penny to their nominated charity. Dobson has a target to help raise £1m, while £6,000 has been raised since launch in December 2015 already.
(8) Dine Contract Catering
Dine Contract Creating has an eye on the environment to give back, which has resulted in a 13 per cent decrease of chemical use and 80 per cent of sites recycling all cardboard. And in 2010, the choice was made to restrict supply partners to those with the same CSR and business value. Additionally, the firm has launched an “Eat Well, Live” service to deliver healthy recipes to customers and combat the two-thirds of the UK considered overweight or obese. Teams have also completed fundraising campaigns, including climbing Mount Snowdon and Paris to London bike rides.
Employee count: 50
A construction business with an ambition of producing social impact, Chototel specialises in affordable housing in impoverished areas. Accommodation is designed at a high-tech, low cost, hotel-style fashion, which provides communal living, childcare facilities, shared kitchens and gardens, as well as bike hire. Meanwhile, all power comes from renewable energy to keep tenants’ costs down – it’s around $0.50 a night (a tenth of the $5 a day pay-packet). Based in London, the B Corporation business made India its first focus, and plans to scale into the UK, UAE and Nigeria.
Sector: Social enterprise
A collaborative enterprise, Cause4 works alongside corporations and charities to help them scale projects and philanthropic business models across sectors. With an ambition to “provoke change,” Cause4, has helped raise £46m for clients since launching in 2009. And with education one of the markets the business supports, it has secured jobs for over 80 graduates. In 2015, the company was registered as a B Corporation, cementing its commitment to “do some good in the world”.[rb_inline_related]
Bulletproof has committed a decade of support to VITAL, a programme for children in India that provides education, healthcare and protection. The ten-year pledge was made with the belief that sustained growth needs stability, thus VITAL can outline a plan. Elsewhere, the design agency uses its skills to support charities in a way that will allow them to expose branding and bring in sponsors. Furthermore, charity days are granted to staff at a moment’s notice, without the need for forms. “We work as a tribe so if it does good, it’s all good,” the firm stated as a key business value.
Sector: Food and drink
Family-run business Broderick’s has a very community-centric design. The coffee vending business supports numerous charities including Macmillan with bake sales and Children in Need with fancy dress. The Broderick’s Beanstalk Foundation, meanwhile, receives £1 from the company for every box of coffee that it sells, with the funds to pay for local schemes such as a day out for the elderly or support for unfortunate families.
(3) Arrows Group Global
At the Arrows Group, staff are really involved in fundraising and have taken on challenges such as climbing Mont Blanc. Meanwhile, with India a key business area for the company, the Arrows Group Foundation was set up to help local children. Enabling staff to play to their strength, recruitment, team members can offer career and recruitment expertise and tutoring to vulnerable children through Skype, helping to stand against the local employability issue they face.
Sector: Food and drink
The philanthropic element within Aduna is in the very recipe behind the business. The company creates wellbeing bars and powders, but the natural ingredients, such as baobab fruit, within the products are found in Africa, where Aduna is providing sustainable income to 700 women on the supply chain. Elsewhere, some 4,000 people are indirectly receiving regular income locally too. The products are sold in 18 countries, and Aduna feels the business model offers a sustainable alternative to failed aid in rural Africa. It is estimated baobab could be worth $1bn if used globally.
(1) ABS UK
Sector: Office supplies
Location: Elland, West Yorkshire
The ABS Foundation was created within the company to encourage staff involvement in fundraising activities. It features an incentive programme that enables workers to nominate diligent colleagues, the best of whom will receive monetary rewards. And since 2014, the winners have also been flown to Sri Lanka by the Foundation to help at a children’s home, doing everything from grow vegetables to repairing pipes to providing IT skills. Adding to this business value, some 2.5 per cent of net profit is donated to the Foundation annually, as well as £20 for each new photocopier supplied.