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How can businesses manage their impact on people and the environment?

The Henderson Group has been part of the retail fabric of Northern Ireland for over 100 years. In that time, they have given back to communities in more ways than one.

The Group’s CSR strategy, Tomorrow Matters, focuses on the three areas that the Group strives to enrich – ‘people’, ‘place’ and ‘planet’.

There is a real spotlight on health to help Group employees to look after themselves.

People’ is all about Henderson’s employees; health and wellbeing, development and inclusion. There is a real spotlight on health to help Group employees to look after themselves.

For example, over 200 Henderson Foodservice staff (almost the entire workforce) participated in a walking challenge where teams of five embarked on a virtual 10-week challenge. Every step they took raised money for the NI Children’s Hospice.

CS_Henderson Group FAO Emma Cheque no date_ 800x400Other employees took on the ‘£ for lb challenge’, a 12-week initiative in conjunction with Business in the Community where they were pitted against other NI businesses to lose between 12-24lb. Henderson Wholesale gave £2 for each pound lost to the NI Chest Heart and Stroke Association.

Through the Roots to Wings initiative, Henderson Retail provides placements leading to full-time work for job seekers. It continues to develop in 2014 along with new Graduate Schemes and a School leavers programme.

All areas of the Henderson Group pride themselves on their charitable giving, being an integral part of the community and having solid educational partnerships.

As part of the ‘place’ strategies for CSR, our Business Class programme at Monkstown Community School has been a huge success over the past year. The Programme covers mentoring to students, teacher-into-business placements, work experience, and business education.

CS_Henderson Group1349396_800x400Charitable-giving excelled through the Group’s well established partnerships with Cancer Fund for Children, NSPCC, Tearfund, NI Children’s Hospice and Action Cancer. To date, staff and customers at SPAR and EUROSPAR stores across Northern Ireland have raised £100,000 for NSPCC and £370,0000 for CFC. Each year, Henderson Wholesale gets involved with Tearfund, The Christian International Aid and Development Agency. £150,000 has been donated to Tearfund in 2014 to help tackle the trafficking of woman and children in India.

Employees have also once again been rewarded ‘Platinum Quality Mark’ status for their charitable contributions at the Payroll Giving Quality Mark Awards. More than 1,000 employees are signed up for charitable-giving through their pay, raising over £100,000 which has been doubled by the company, totalling over £200,000.

Over the past year, 10% has been saved on bills thanks to a more energy-efficient practice at work including ‘switch off’ trials, turning off large pieces of kit overnight.

Finally, the ‘planet’ strategy has continued to improve with initiatives to monitor energy consumption. So that each department has a clear understanding of what is expected of them in relation to environmental issues, an environment warden team has been trained to carry out internal audits and to educate. Over the past year, 10% has been saved on bills thanks to a more energy-efficient practice at work including ‘switch off’ trials, turning off large pieces of kit overnight.

Another waste reducing initiative is Henderson’s Fresh Food Division work with Fairshare to collect short-dated products from the warehouses.

The Henderson Group will continue to employ these strategies throughout 2015, developing further ways to enhance their people, their surrounding communities and to continue to be a more sustainable company for the planet.


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