Here at BlackBee, we see Corporate Social Responsibility as the continuing commitment to behave ethically and contribute to economic development as well as local communities. We believe strength in these factors leads to better governance and ultimately benefits society by creating a more sustainable focus for the firm.
Social: BlackBee donates 10% of company profits each year to a selection of charities believing it is important to give back to society and empower positive change. BlackBee also sponsors events throughout the year in support of selected charities.
Environment: We are committed to operating in an environmentally friendly manner and reducing our carbon footprint where possible through affiliations with ethical and eco-friendly companies.
Governance: Well run and well-governed companies should lead to a more sustainable outcome for society at large. BlackBee has a strong and experienced board that is committed to the highest levels of corporate governance.
Affiliations: As part of our 2016 strategy we are proud to be affiliated with the official ‘Bobble’ brand. Bobble is a stylish, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink using an ingenious replaceable carbon filter. When water passes through the filter, the carbon removes chlorine and organic contaminants. Every filter equates to 300 single-serve bottles. After a year, you’ve removed thousands of bottles from the environment, simply by filtering the water from your tap. Bobble is free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC.
GIVING BACK TO SOCIETY
December 2016: Cork Simon Christmas Jumper Day
Cork Simon is a community of people who work with men and women who are homeless, have experience of or are at risk of homelessness, and those concerned with ending homelessness. Their emergency shelter is located on Anderson’s Quay, in the heart of Cork city centre. The Shelter provides care, accommodation and one-to-one support for people around-the-clock, every day of the year. As well as providing an emergency shelter Cork Simon provides medical services, outreach work, a youth homeless drugs prevention project, training, employment programmes and an activity programme. BlackBee were delighted to be involved in the annual Christmas Jumper day to raise funds for Cork Simon’s fight against homelessness.
November 2016: Juvenile Jerseys for Hurling Team
As part of our dedication towards supporting community projects BlackBee sponsored a local Hurling team with a much-needed set of juvenile jerseys, the team led by a dedicated group of volunteers provides coaching and personal development for a large number of young people from the area providing much needed activity and contributes in no small way to their personal and physical development.
July 2016: CyberSmarties
CyberSmarties is the first safe educational social network designed specifically for primary and special needs schools. Cyber Smarties was created by Diarmuid Hudner a Behavioural Psychologist and his team to create a safe social media network for children that would be predator-free and enable them to develop much-needed skills for the future through behavioural messaging systems and emotionally based reporting systems. Unlike existing social media, Facebook, Twitter etc. children are vetted and enrolled/added online through their own school/ teachers, avoiding predators being able to sign up externally. The site not only promotes fun and safety but their entire premise is based on psychology and developing children’s social skills. The site promotes positive learning and deters children from cyberbullying behaviours online. At face value, this is the first ‘safe for children’ social media network’ that is being created, but also long term this project could have incredible transformational and long-term effects on societal change and the next generation of children in Ireland and internationally.
June 2016: Wooden Spoon International Disabled Tag Rugby Tournament
Wooden Spoon is one of the largest funders of respite and medical treatment centres, sensory enhancement therapeutic facilities, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas, and community-based programmes across the UK and Ireland. So far they have granted over £20 million to these fantastic projects. Inspired by their rugby heritage and their values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun they have helped over 1 million young people and children in need. Held at the Garryowen FC ground in Limerick on the 11th of June 2016, the tournament was a huge success and it was an absolute privilege that BlackBee were able to get involved.
April 2016: Serving the Community, Blood Bike West
Blood Bike West is a charitable organisation established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies between hospitals, healthcare sites and laboratories. In critical situations, blood or other medical items need to be delivered urgently in order to save a patient’s life. Blood bikes with their distinctive livery, emergency lights, and narrow profile can quickly get through busy traffic reaching the destination sooner. BlackBee were delighted to sponsor the latest addition to their team in the form of a Satellite GPS System to help their volunteers get from A to B safely and quickly.
March 2016: Cork Simon Coffee Morning
BlackBee hosted a ‘Father Ted’ themed Coffee Morning on Monday the 21st of March 2016 in support of Cork Simon. the merriment was continued throughout the day with games, tasty treats and a ‘Craggy Island’ themed quiz. Cork Simon works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless offering housing and support in their journey back to independent or supported living.
January 2016: BlackBee Charitable Commitment
BlackBee donates 10% of company profits each year to charity believing it is important to give back to society and empower positive change. We are proud to announce we donated to two incredibly worthy causes for 2015; Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Ireland’s leading provider of community-based neuro-rehabilitation services for people who have acquired a brain injury in Ireland, and Down Syndrome Ireland, a national voluntary organisation supporting people with Down’s syndrome and their families across the country.
December 2015: Cork Simon Christmas Jumper Day
Cork Simon works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless, offering housing and support in their journey back to independent or supported living. Every night they provide over 115 beds for people in Cork who are homeless. As well as providing emergency shelter and supported housing Cork Simon provides medical services, outreach work, a youth homeless drugs prevention project, training, employment programmes and an activity programme. BlackBee were delighted to be involved in their annual Christmas Jumper fundraising day where festive finery was matched with a Christmas song list and plenty of festive spirits.
October 2015: Inspiring Mental Health Awareness: October the 10th is World Mental Health Day, in support of this BlackBee teamed up with Quantum Life Ireland to help with the development of mental health through the arts. We co-hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘I Know the Feeling’ in Waterford with a Panel and Q&A session after the screening. Created by award winning Waterford filmmaker Joan Keith the short documentary takes a look at how art is helping people to open up about mental illness.