On-Side Step Changers
We’re all here because we think great corporate social responsibility should be normal. This community is a place for us to share what we know about great CSR, to learn what’s best practice in CSR, and to connect with others who have a similar passion for businesses doing some good.
Chairperson | October 2017 | Wellington
“What excites me about CSR is that it provides a boost to the purpose of organisations by aligning corporate values and identity with active support to projects that are for social good. It helps us mobilise staff around a common purpose in line with business strategy and objectives and gives everyone something to be proud of”
Emma’s background is in commercial and central government sectors in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Emma's experience is in consultancy, senior project directorship, assurance, and project management roles.
Emma has led technology implementations in beachhead projects in Asia-Pacific and had key roles in business transformation, innovation, change leadership and strategy development. She has established a number of quality assurance frameworks and professional services practices. She has also been the Chairperson of our Board since October 2017!
Operations Lead | February 2018 | Auckland
Cordelia is our go-to for keeping this ship afloat. She's been with Step Changers since the early days - first meeting Rosie in Kampot, Cambodia while she was based there for a volunteering gig. If you join our team, chances are you'll have a lot to do with Cordelia over time! Outside of Step Changers, Cordelia studies mathematics and politics at the University of Auckland and coaches competitive Waterpolo.
Social Media Manager | May 2018 | Netherlands
Raima joined our team as our social media manager, and she's responsible for keeping you all informed online. Raima's background is in psychology and writing - she's been published frequently on Concrete Playground with all sorts of articles to do with great Wellington foodspots. You can chat with Raima on our social media channels at anytime via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter!
Partnerships Team | June 2018 | Wellington
Elle is a lawyer with Bell Gully in Wellington! She first learned about Step Changers through Sara, and has since come onboard to help Sara map the Partnerships Programme for Step Changers.
Development Team Lead | August 2018 | Auckland
Brittany was referred to the Step Changers team because she was looking for a community project that embraced her values and that would let her devote her skills in development to a good cause. She's joining the team with a goal of mapping Step Changers' technology requirements and working with the development team to grow the quality and reach of Step Changers' database.
Database Developer | May 2018 | Auckland
Kevin is our German developer! He works on our database and helps to grow the list of charities that we work with. He joined because he was looking for a charitable purpose to use his skills for.
Copywriter | September 2018 | Tauranga
Gemma joined Step Changers in September 2018! She studied corporate social responsibility in depth at the Norwegian School of Economics, and hopes to make a career out of combining her expertise in marketing, strategic management, and CSR.
Board Member | April 2018 | Wellington
Youssef is a top of the line P3M (Portfolio, Programme and Project Management) Practitioner, Consultant and Presenter. He has over 23 years’ experience in various countries. For the past 10 years, he has been based in Wellington and servicing customers and clients in NZ, Australia, India and other countries in the Asia Pacific region in both the private and public sectors.
He joined Step Changers because he is passionate about mentoring early stage organisations and has a strong social conscience. Step Changers is just one of the community organisations he's involved with - having also been a member of the Wellington Rotary Club for more than 7 years.
Partnerships Lead | April 2018 | Wellington
Sara is the strategic mind behind the Step Changers Partnership Programme. Together with our Partnerships Team, Sara has mapped out what tools are the most useful for businesses in developing CSR programmes and helps to make sure our programme runs smoothly. Outside of volunteering with Step Changers, Sara is a lawyer with Bell Gully.
Social Scientist + Writer | August 2018 | Gautam Buddha Nagar, India.
An anthropologist by training, Tuhina presently teaches Sociology at Shiv Nadar University, India. She loves listening to people and telling their stories, and so she is working for our marketing team and helping to tell the story of Great CSR a whole lot better.
She is excited about volunteering for Step Changers because she is passionate about communities and giving back to them!
Could you join this team?
To join the volunteer crew running Step Changers, you can bring a skill and a passion for making great corporate social responsibility happen in your organisation - and that’s all you need. Many of us run CSR programmes in our own organisations, or else we’re academics and read a lot about the topic. We’re based all over the world too, which means location is no barrier.
The Volunteer crew work in five streams: marketing-comms (who run our website, and digital comms), operations (who run the ship), CSR + advisory (academics and professionals who pull together and review our content on CSR), development (who work on our database of community projects), and the activists/consultants (who are consultants in their own fields who promote the SC ethos to their own networks, and bring people together for events to discuss developments in CSR). If you think you could get something out of giving to one of these teams, reach on out.
Progress not perfection
Great social responsibility is imperfect - and so we're not about big promises of perfection. We focus on progress.
A ‘turn the wheel’ attitude
Great social responsibility takes everyone on a team working to build the momentum.
Going home proud
We do good work so that every employee goes home proud.
Knowing better, and doing better. Great social responsibility takes having a voice for things that can’t speak for themselves in the board room; communities faraway, the environment, young people, and other workers who might be being disadvantaged in front of us. It takes a little bit of courage, and we rate that.
Be transparent about where you're at, what you're doing, and what you're aiming to do. Spend diligently, report diligently, and make decisions with the best data available.