We’re working to make great corporate social responsibility normal! We’re doing this by a) raising the standards of great corporate social responsibility, and b) making it as easy as possible for businesses to invest in corporate social responsibility programmes.
We provide consultancy services and thought leadership for New Zealand businesses in this space. Clients we work with are interested in establishing new CSR programmes, or else they want to manage their existing CSR programmes better. Our team of consultants from a diverse range of fields work together to develop these programmes with the businesses we work with.
Our Charitable Purpose
To be a registered charity in New Zealand, you have to clearly set out your charitable purpose in a Trust-deed. Our deed (which you can find here) says that the charitable purpose of Step Changers is to alleviate poverty and improve access to education and essential life-sustaining services for those living in South East Asia, the Pacific, and New Zealand.
In practicality, this purpose is applied day-to-day as we operate. It informs how we report, what charities we choose to work with, how we choose to fund ourselves, our volunteer network, and what we focus our energies on. It means we have really strict accountability mechanisms and that we're dedicated to applying any funds we raise to transparently furthering our charitable purpose.
One big part of delivering on our charitable purpose is our Corporate Partnerships programme, where we bring together businesses and charities in partnerships designed to last. The projects we match businesses with fall into four key umbrellas; health, education, equality, and conservation. Investing in these umbrellas, in our view, are key in solving issues of inter-generational inequality and poverty in our lifetimes.
Operating as a charity also means we're entirely volunteer-run and managed. Funds which we raise via consultancy are used to improve the quality of Step Changers' database and research, and to expand our fundraising capabilities for grassroots charities.
Ultimately, Corporate Social Responsibility is something we're passionate about because we fundamentally believe it is up to businesses to contribute back to the communities they profit from, and that there are a range of good reasons for a business to take its CSR programme seriously. In this sense, our aim is to make Corporate Social Responsibility as easy as possible, so that there's no reason for a business not to be giving back.
Dedicated to Sustainable Development
There is power in coordination, and so Step Changers is committed to promoting and furthering the Sustainable Development Goals wherever we can. These goals form part of a critically important global framework for governments, business, NGOs, and individuals alike to work towards before 2030. These are some of SDGs we directly enable through our work at a business level:
Sound like a movement you could get behind?
Reach out to our volunteer team to see if you can get involved! We're always looking for writers, photographers, videographers, researchers, and all-rounders to help drive the Step Changers movement forward.