In case you are unaware of the term CSR, the definition given by the company Simply CSR http://www.simplycsr.co.uk/ is that “Corporate Social Responsibility is the process of assessing an organisation’s impact on society and evaluating their responsibilities. CSR begins with an assessment of a business and their: Customers, Suppliers, Environment, Communities and Employees.”
As a socially responsible business we pride ourselves that we have a strong Corporate Social Responsibility but what we didn’t have was the policy that demonstrated and communicated it well to those in our networks. It became apparent to me, halfway through lockdown, that this was the perfect time to do this.
In the last 12 months, MMC have delivered 55 hours of pro bono support through a mixture of free online webinars, advice and coaching and direct client work, this is equivalent to just over £3,000 worth of consultancy time.
Why? I hear you ask, well think about the impact one business has on its community, both good and bad. Communities are made up of all types of people and organisations, this includes the charity shop in the high street through to the FTSE 100 corporations, hospitals, and churches. In recent weeks we have seen how all types of communities play a big part in our lives and that we are stronger than the sum of our parts. As we move into the second half of 2020 I would like to encourage you to reflect on your CSR policy too.
Some examples I have seen of local companies demonstrating their CSR policy:
During the Covid 19 emergency Dora Aston at We’re Think! Associates www.thinkassociates.co.uk provided some excellent infographics for free to help Elim Connect https://www.connect-centre.org.uk/ communicate their impact to funders and commissioners.
Gill Donnell MBE at SWIB shared: “We have suspended memberships for the first 3 months of lockdown to help businesses whose income disappeared overnight. We now provide additional Power Hours training sessions free to members to help them access good quality, personal and professional development in challenging times. https://www.swibtribe.com/”
Find a copy of our CSR policy on our About Us page www.marshamilesconsultancy.co.uk/about-us