Date: 19 December 2012
A partnership between the Department of Conservation and Business and Community Shares (BACS) has real potential to help DOC work more closely with community and business partners looking to invest in conservation.
“BACS is the hub of corporate social responsibility in New Zealand” says BACS founder Julie Donvin-Irons, “It provides an online space for responsible business, community groups and organisations, like DOC, to share their resources”.
DOC has joined BACS as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partner, providing education and advice to business and community groups. “We want to align ourselves with businesses that have an interest in CSR in order to grow the amount of conservation work being achieved” said DOC spokesperson Angeline Barnes.
“We see this as an ideal opportunity to help spread the message that conservation is an investment in our well-being and prosperity – it is at the heart of our culture, society and economy. We want to help people understand the value of conservation and why business would want to support environmental initiatives”.
Ms Donvin-Irons noted that businesses ‘get’ that maintaining the health of the environment is intergral to their success, “Corporate Social Responsibility is about operating in an ethical way that takes into account profit, people and the planet.”
“The BAC forum is an ideal opportunity to make the connection between DOC, business and community organisations”.
BACS founder, Business and Community Shares NZ
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Community Outreach Co-ordinator, Department of Conservation
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