Our responsibility... To establish positive partnerships in the community that enable us to grow sustainably, together.
In practice, this means developing long term partnerships with organisations such as FareShare – an organisation that delivers surplus food to those in need.
Many of our staff teach languages to members of SE1 United – an organisation set up to challenge and broaden young minds in an area of high deprivation in South London. We have also recently sponsored a ‘Health is Wealth’ programme for SE1 United, thanks to a generous donation from the Bel Foundation.
In addition, for over a decade, Mini Babybel has been linked with Comic Relief, raising millions of pounds for those less fortunate in the UK and overseas.
We want our brands to support our communities by partnering with relevant charitable organisations. Boursin recently launched a project with Thrive, the gardening charity, to regenerate the herb garden at Battersea Park. This will not only give employment to over 50 disabled people who would otherwise struggle in full time employment, but will also deliver an enduring benefit to everyone who visits the garden.
Or work with the KM Walk to School Scheme has so far helped 40,000 primary school children to join a Walking Bus scheme. As well as teaching children the benefits of exercise from an early age, it also takes 200,000 ‘car run’ journeys off Kent’s roads every year. We were awarded a Community Award by the Food and Drink Federation for this initiative.
We also support the St George’s Children’s project in Tunbridge Wells with a grant from the Bel Foundation and our annual Big Wrap. This is when the company comes together to wrap up Christmas presents for disadvantaged children across Kent as part of the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells’ Christmas Toy Appeal.
And finally, we support a Payroll Giving Scheme: paying all administration costs so that every penny of an employee donation goes to their chosen charity. We have received the highest possible award (the Government Platinum Mark) for this initiative.