HBP Systems puts charity giving in the hands of its employees
Georgina Birley of HBP Systems and Cassandra Hughes of the Sic Children's Trust
By HBP Systems Ltd | Posted: 28 Mar 2018
Humber region IT company HBP Systems is working hard to put something back into the community through a dedicated employee-led social and charity committee.
Members of the committee have just presented £1,000 each to the Sick Children’s Trust and Hull’s Dove House Hospice, and are gearing up for a year of support for Jerry Green Dog Rescue, which operates in North Lincolnshire and Est Yorkshire.
Directors’ PA Georgina Birley is a member of the committee. She explained that support for the charities was decided by the employees’ Social and Charity Committee, which runs independently of company management – but that if fundraising targets were met, the company had volunteered to match the total with funds of its own.
“As employees we decide amongst ourselves what charity to support, and how to raise money for it, but the company gives everyone time off to get involved with it,” said Georgina. “For Jerry Green Dog Rescue this year some of us will be running the Hull 10k, we’ll have raffles and cake bakes, and some are thinking about doing the Tough Mudder event for the second year.”
She said that having control of which charities to support helped individuals to pick good causes close to their hearts. “Last year one of our colleagues had premature twins, and was given a lot of support by the Sick Children’s Fund. The twins are now fine, but we wanted to say ‘thank you’ for the support.”
The committee also organises social events such as the company’s twice-a-year ‘appreciation parties’ such as barbecues, car treasure hunts, or parties in the company garden.
HBP Systems’ Commercial Director Phil Denham said the company believed it was important to recognise the human dimension of IT, and that the company was part of a community and needed to be part of it. “We wanted to empower our employees to make a difference in the communities in which we operate, and we thought there was no better way than to let them control our charity giving,” he said. “They understand what’s important to the communities in which they live, and therefore what’s important to them. What’s more, we recognise that they are people and not just numbers, so we make every effort to be an employee-friendly company. The way we run our charity giving is just one dimension of that.”
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