MAJOR employer, the BGL Group, has donated £10,000 to charity at its annual Senior Management Conference. The conference, which focused on the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, gave 23 teams the opportunity to win one of two £5,000 donations for a worthwhile cause of their choice. The two charities to receive the £5,000 were Help for Heroes and Peterborough Hospital’s Renal Unit.
Peter Winslow, Chief Executive of the BGL Group, said: “Our annual management conference allows us to focus on key topics which impact on our business and employees. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of who we are, and it is therefore important that we stay in touch with employee views.”
“The conference saw our Senior Management team discuss and debate how we can make an even greater contribution in our future activity. BGL employees have already demonstrated incredible dedication towards our pledge to raise one million pounds for good causes. For example in 2009 we set ourselves a target to raise £100,000 for the NSPCC, which BGL employees smashed – our total donated was £210,000! As a result, the BGL Group is now a NSPCC ‘lifetime patron’, which only 85 corporates have achieved in the NSPCC’s 120-year history – quite an accomplishment.”
Julie Daniels, BGL employee and part of a team winning £5,000 donation, said: “Our team selected Peterborough’s Renal Unit to receive the donation. Thanks to BGL’s match funding policy, I was able to double my fundraising from £573 to £1,073 – making the total donation £6,073. Peterborough’s Renal Unit was overjoyed to receive this generous donation and it will go directly towards improving the facility.”
The BGL Group has pledged to donate one million pounds to community, charity and environmental causes by July 2012. The Group offers various channels for donating funds which include local give committees, match-funding of employee fundraising activities, payroll giving and numerous team building events focused on its corporate charity partners, Marie Curie Cancer Care and WWF. Recently the Group launched a charity trek that will take place along the Great Wall of China. 30 BGL employees have been tasked to raise £3,500 each, by April 2012, which will help raise more than £100,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.