Friday, 7 December 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Once upon a time, a brand that demonstrated CSR could stand apart from its peers. But has the market become too crowded? We ask the experts:
“Of course there is still advantage in displaying CSR, but it’s not about CSR washing or PR (although this is important), it’s about running your business or organisation better and ensuring CSR is integral.
It’s about the best use of resources and not abusing your power on any level. It’s about sustainability. CSR, if environmental, will be intrinsically linked to Human Rights, whether that be the workforce or the people that are affected by the organisation and its actions. McDonalds is a good example.
In any sensible business, the board should be helping to drive CSR. It affects the bottom line if done correctly. Charity support motivates, thinking about the local community will help recruitment, the environment makes things sustainable and giving the consumer a better choice will in the end supply a known demand, which can be seen in action with fair trade and organic brands such as Green & Black’s.
I can’t see how there’s any such thing as a ‘less authentically responsible’ brand: companies and organisations that lie will be found out, and companies that only act sustainably for reputation’s sake are still making a difference. But you can use great PR, integration with other marketing activities, direct consumer engagement, and of course word of mouth and social networking to distinguish your CSR activities from others.
The brands that really stand out in CSR are those that make sure it’s integral to their business. In The Body Shop it ran through every activity; Green & Black’s changed the chocolate bar industry; People Tree put ethical fashion on the map; and even utilities businesses such as Thames Water have changed the way we think about water. But it takes a long time.”
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Guests heard a fascinating talk from Philip Weeks, a world renowned expert on natural medicine, a master herbalist and acupuncturist who, in his talk, described the ancient Chinese art of Face Reading – and how a face can tell a thousand words!
Former editor of the Swindon Advertiser, Dave King, talked about autism in the county and the introduction earlier this year of an autism alert card in conjunction with Wiltshire Police.
This was the second staging of the ladies’ luncheon and organiser, Sara Tye, from redheadPR, said:
“We sold out very quickly and everyone had a magnificent time at this year’s Ladies Luncheon. The day went fantastically! There was a delicious 3 course meal and the service from the staff at Bushwackers was incredible and The event was a spectacular success."
Among the charities benefiting from the event which was held on Friday, June 17th, are Christ Church in Old Town, the Willows Counselling Service and the Swindon branch of the National Autistic Society. A donation was also made to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal.
Sara Tye, Phillip Weeks, Cllr Ray Ballman, Craig Pinches, Dave King
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
On Saturday 19th February, Camitz Sparkling Vodka provided Camitz Sparkling Woo Woos for Bryce Aime’s A/W 2011 fashion show after-party, held in the Amarillo Suite of The May Fair Hotel.
This season Bryce Aime has returned to his signature roots and once again created a collection that truly reflects his individual style, focusing on a strong, modern look with distinctive and unique graphic prints. The inspiration behind his A/W 2011 collection revolves around the militaristic features of an army barracks. An array of structure, classic tailoring and androgynous silhouettes ensures the authoritative, edgy theme remains pivotal throughout.
Lavish refreshments in the form of Camitz Sparkling Vodka Woo Woo cocktails were provided at the party.
Amongst the guests was the designer himself, Bryce Aime, Amir Layouni from Christian Dior and many up and coming designers, all of whom were seen enjoying the luxurious 100% all natural and refreshing Camitz Sparkling Vodka.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Today we had a wonderful experience we visited the Pattaya Orphanage. http://www.thepattayaorphanage.org/
We were shown around by Alun Evans a young man who has decided to use his gap year to volunteer and help children. There are nearly 200 children at the Pattaya Orphange and each one has a little personality and individual needs. The staff managed by Khun Toy work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to meet the needs of the children who might have been left on the street or worse.
There is a wonderful caring atmosphere which is felt the moment you walk through the door. There is a deaf school within the facility where not only the children’s welfare is looked after but they are also taught sign language. There is no sign language in Thailand – they use the American system.
The Pattaya Orphanage has been in existence for 36 years and a lot of the original children have gone on to get degrees and move around the world.
Long must this work continue.