Donate Now

Get in touch

Better City Business

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just about philanthropy or charity but also about creating shared value for the business and society. CSR can help companies improve their reputation, attract customers, and retain employees. It can also help them reduce costs and risks.  More and more it is also a requirement from your customers, whether they are the public or government.

We know that when it comes to implementation of CSR businesses can face some challenges.

There is some ambiguity in tax rules, fear of overinvestment in a single sector, lack of a clear framework for implementing and measuring CSR and now tighter budgets brought about by rising costs of materials, inputs, and wages.

 However, there are tangible business benefits of investing in this space.

  • It builds brand awareness and trust among our customers and potential customers.
  • It boosts staff retention and morale as our employees feel proud to work for a company that does good things.
  • It increases company investment and growth as you attract more customers, partners, and investors who share your values.
  • It generates media attention and publicity, meaningful storytelling opportunities.
  • It expands networking and collaboration opportunities with other local businesses and organisations.

Therefore, we know that its important but it’s not easy and where do you start?

That's why we have established Better City Business. This is a CSR support programme designed for businesses in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakriri.

Businesses sign up to the programme which then enables them to tap into our expertise and tools, to develop and implement CSR that has impact.

By joining the programme you can access;

  • Research about residential aspiration and areas of community need, as well as trends, changes, and evolution in the CSR space, to inform your decision making.
  • Our global network of experts can inform/coach and advise the thinking of those working with us, through our events and workshops.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other members of the programme, and our partners that can give scale to community projects, that means that they happen.
  • A wide breadth of programmes to step into, which means you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, and there is storytelling content ready for you to share.
  • Events with other businesses with common values for staff and in some instances clients to attend.  Businesses that want to be better and want more for greater Christchurch. This leads to some wonderful collaboration and referrals.
  • Access to our Better City Businesses a time and cost advisory service to help you identify objectives, build a plan, implement, and measure it.

To access the programme and tool kit requires an annual contribution of $2500 + GST.  

Contact us for more information.

Port Hills Fire Regeneration

Port Hills Fire Regeneration

In response to the 2024 Port Hills fire this fund has been established to assist with the regeneration of endemic natives in the impacted area.

There is scientific evidence that natives are more fire resistant and can significantly contribute to the resilience and protection of at-risk ecosystems and communities.

The funds raised will be actively managed by The Christchurch Foundation and distributed with support of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and Te Kākahu Kahukura. These two reputable entities are already working in the impacted area and have extensive experience in the establishment of native plants in a best practice manner with participating landowners (private/public and charitable).

Funding could be applied not only to securing new plants but could also include pest management, weeding and other activities to support the regeneration of the area safely.

The intent is to help increase the fire protection on the port hills as well as also increasing the biodiversity of the area.

Donate Now

Green Philanthropy Fund

Green Philanthropy Fund

The Green Philanthropy Fund has been developed to accelerate positive environmental change in Waitaha Canterbury.

Future thinking must be applied to quickly address the big environmental issues we are facing. Our goal is to make it easier for businesses and individuals to give to science-led innovation, and to increase the pool of funding available to those individuals and groups striving to improve and protect our ecosystems.

Donate Now