Corporate Social Responsibility and Team Building, All in One!

Corporate Social Responsibility and Team Building, All in One!

According to Chambers Ireland’s CSR Council, 76% of consumers would prefer to support a company that practices Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). So what does this buzz term mean anyway?
Corporate Social Responsibility is when companies voluntarily donate time or funds to benefit the community at large. They may choose to address social or environmental issues and to collaborate with customers, employees, community members and shareholders. Not only do recipients of CSR practices reap the awards – companies also see the advantages in the form of attracting more customers, improving their brand, inspiring employees and increasing profit.
As if corporate social responsibility wasn’t valuable in and of itself, it can be combined with team activities so that all levels of employees can be directly involved in the social or environmental projects your company envisions. Team building among workmates increases morale, work productivity and allows members to work together more cohesively. And Kippure Corporate offers the opportunity for companies to participate in daylong or multiple activities that fuse team building together with corporate social responsibility!
Building team dynamics while serving the community or Ireland’s various ecosystems can take on a myriad of forms at Kippure Estate, or even offsite. You can let us design a project for you or choose one that is suitable to your company’s vision and employees’ interests. The possibilities are endless as you can focus on restoration, conservation, helping youth at risk, impoverished populations, arts and entertainment, assisting those with physical or intellectual disabilities and more. Kippure Corporate will talk with you ahead of time to discuss your desires and needs in terms of corporate social responsibility and team building. We will then do some research before the team event to ensure all your criteria are met.
An example of a corporate event that Kippure Corporate can arrange for you is called The Bike Project. You and your employees can spend the day repairing old bikes that may have been wasting away in refuse bins or on the side of the road, under the guidance of bicycle aficionados. The bicycles that are successfully reconditioned and spruced up can then be donated to a charity of your choice. Maybe your company would want to provide transportation to someone who has been geographically isolated for some time. Or maybe you would like to provide a recreational opportunity to children who could not otherwise afford a bicycle. The choice is yours.
Your workmates will feel so good working together for the benefit of others. The best part is, throughout the day they have the opportunity for team bonding while perhaps learning new things about one another.
In 2005, Chambers Ireland established the President’s Awards for CSR (now called Chambers Ireland’s Corporate Social Responsibility Awards). Past winners have included WYG International for providing each employee paid days off to devote their time to volunteering for a community organization and donating time or funds to charitable activities like clothes drives, tree preservation and Third World farming programs; Ulster Bank for holding a yearly awards ceremony for their employees who have devoted their skills and time to a local charity and awarding them with a cash prize to give to that charity; and Unilever Ireland for recruiting employees to form an environmental committee which has led to their reduction of packaging and water used in manufacturing, their sourcing  of agricultural materials from local and/or sustainable farms and their carbon footprint cutbacks.
Maybe your company can be the next winner of the Chambers Ireland’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility! Why not take it up a notch and make it an ongoing activity for all your employees in a corporate team building environment. Kippure Corporate can facilitate corporate activities to motivate all of your staff while helping your company meet your socially responsible goals.

 

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