Award applications, a pursuit in vanity?

As a CSR team we used to apply to many award schemes relating to our partnerships and impacts. Historically, our organisation had been recognised by prestigious schemes, and it was just something that we had in the diary to do. Most schemes have a similar deadline each year and we were primed to submit when… Continue reading Award applications, a pursuit in vanity?

What #difference does it make? (2)

If you have put your feelers out to explore doing something that makes a difference and loved it, and/or you've reached the point where you want to take the plunge and walk away from your profession for a role in a charity, or in Corporate Social Responsibility, you might be interested in some of lessons… Continue reading What #difference does it make? (2)

Using social media to deepen the impact of youth social mobility programmes

As someone who had the benefit of a privileged upbringing and world class education opportunities, I am passionate about empowering others and helping them get access to similar quality opportunities. As part of my previous CSR role, I worked in embedding and deepening the impacts of a social mobility/youth development programme. In order to bolster… Continue reading Using social media to deepen the impact of youth social mobility programmes

Levers and barriers for corporate volunteering

If you've ever tried to organise volunteering in the community, you'll know it's difficult to get people to turn up. Even with good intentions, numbers often drop at the last minute. This can happen for a variety of reasons, it can be frustrating and puzzling. During my five years focusing on engaging all the people… Continue reading Levers and barriers for corporate volunteering

Landing the corporate client ‘holy grail’

Many individuals and smaller service providers are trying to break into the corporate supply chain. Thankfully, the trend at the moment is for corporates to support local providers and social enterprises. However, it can be difficult to know what approach to take to secure corporate clients, especially if you don't have any experience in the… Continue reading Landing the corporate client ‘holy grail’

Sustainable sustainability

I have been asked about what makes a good corporate sustainability or CSR programme. I think it is one which is sustainable by the organisation. What do I mean by that? I mean it is one which can withstand the test of time. Ideally, in my opinion, one which will be followed through in the… Continue reading Sustainable sustainability

Think twice

It certainly feels like we're hitting a critical mass of people concerned about plastic waste and its impact. This is a great thing and it's amazing to see how quickly change can be brought about and steps can be taken, particularly when people are shown the effect on sea life or a company's customers threaten… Continue reading Think twice

What #difference does it make?

Loads of successful professionals have reached out to me over the years with the same problem. They've dedicated years to qualifying and building careers, but find themselves feeling unfulfilled. People want to feel like they are 'making a difference'. This is something I struggled with personally. Much psychological energy went into questioning the 'why' of… Continue reading What #difference does it make?