Over half (53%) of UK workers haven’t taken part in any fundraising activities with their colleagues over the past year, according to research from Give as you Live. The majority of companies in the UK do not have a named a charity to support this year – with 40% of workers stating that their company has no official charity they’re supporting, whilst a further fifth (22%) are unsure if their company supports charity at all.
Just under half of UK workers (44%) said that they feel that their company should be doing more to help charities and the local community.
Give as you Live, which surveyed of 4,000 people in employment, is a shopping and price comparison website with a heart. Every time a consumer shops through Give as you Live, a percentage of their purchase value is donated to the charity of their choice. This all happens at no extra cost, as Give as you Live makes the donation on the shopper’s behalf from the commission paid by the retailer.
Steff Lewis, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Give as you Live, said, “Businesses are missing a trick by not encouraging fundraising amongst its employees. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives go further than just increasing employee morale; being seen to give back to charity improves a company’s reputation in the face of its customers and future staff. There are so many fundraising options for businesses that needn’t put pressure on resources or people’s time.”
Steff added, “For example, through Giveasyoulive.com, a stationary order of £100 can raise up to £8 for a company’s chosen charity. Additionally, many travel and accommodation companies – such as thetrainline.com, hotels.com and Experian – are signed up to donate, meaning a business trip can raise a significant amount for charity.”
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