Acting Locally, Naturally
We believe that in order to make the world a nicer place to live, we need to start at home. That's why we support, and are actively involved in, several community initiatives in our hometown of Durham, North Carolina and right here in Australia. These range from social responsibility and sustainability to overall well-being and the list is growing.
In January, General Manager Emma Atkinson and National Merchandising Manager Jeff Belli spent a day at the Developing Leaders Day for the AIESEC student leader’s conference – click here to www.aiesec.org
With Burt’s Bees help, the conference committee went over their logistics and re-jigged their ‘greenery’ to incorporate recycling bins for compostable material, plastic and glass. They were also able to use compostable plates and cutlery for their catering requirements and post consumer recycled paper for their notepads.
It’s a great example of how a little extra thinking can go a long way for our planet.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is our latest partner in Australia. As with their counterparts in the United States, being part of “a hand up, not a hand out” is a very special, happy feeling for everyone involved with Burt’s Bees Australia. It’s a very Australian sentiment too, and in these tough times, we’re looking forward to thinking up new ways to help Habitat for Humanity spread the joy this year.
Because of the lack of affordable housing in Australia it’s getting harder and harder for low and moderate income families to realise the great Australian dream of owning their own home. Habitat for Humanity Australia wants to change that. The charity helps break the cycle by helping Australians own their own homes through a subsidised purchasing program. So far in Australia, 82 homes have been built and there are another 37 under construction nationally.
This is a charity where volunteers and partnering organisations actually donate their support in the form of muscle power and time. Some volunteers involved have already taken part in Habitat for Humanity building projects overseas and are keen to get together with likeminded supporters back home in Australia. The charity mixes skilled and unskilled tasks according to available volunteers so there’s work for everyone and always something new to learn.
That meant Burt’s Bees Australia General Manager Emma Atkinson and the Burt’s Bees team from all over Australia gathered together on a muddy morning in July to do their bit helping to build a new home in a northern Adelaide suburb. Given Burt’s Bees commitment to sustainability, it was fitting that their team focus was on insulating the new house which will increase its energy efficiency and long term liveability for its new owners. (It also kept them away from the power tools, but that’s another story.)
There’s nothing quite like getting your hands dirty and giving directly of your time and effort to a cause like this.
Habitat for Humanity Australia’s Scott Langford says people often feel as though challenges such as this are just too big for one person to be able to make any real difference.
“But being involved in a house build, and doing the actual work, gives people a rare chance to see what a difference each of us can make. It’s empowering for everybody involved as well as directly helping a family move forward.”View Today Tonight’s story on a Habitat for Humanity building weekend here
Barbara Hardy Centre for Sustainable Urban Development
We’ve also set up a partnership with the wonderful folk at the Barbara Hardy Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, staff and students at the centre are highly focused on ‘citizen science’, which is all about communicating with the community about issues such as water, green space and biodiversity and the role they play in healthy urban environments. That put the whole Burt’s Bees Australia team in Adelaide on a sunny summer’s day in January, helping to collect bugs of all sorts for inclusion in a catalogue of the city’s wildlife. Amongst the 800 plus invertebrates brought in was a native sun moth not seen for over 70 years and a brand new species of ant.
Recycling at its very best, all the venomous spiders went off to a centre to be loved and cherished – and produce venom to make anti-venom.
Orana – Building Lives Boosting Business
Burt’s Bees Australia is pleased to be able to support Orana by utilising their services, currently we are able to outsource work to them in the construction of some of our packaging requirements and they are also able to construct some of our sustainable merchandising materials.
For over 50 years Orana has been providing people with disabilities the opportunity to live and work within their local community, develop their personal skills, fulfil their dreams and become valued and productive community members.
Providing employment to people with disabilities is possible because Orana’s commercial customers send them work. Growth and success in these businesses translates into more employment opportunities and therefore better lives for Orana’s people, which is why Orana is about building lives for people and boosting business for their customers.
Planet Earth Celebration, Respect Your Mother
We are proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Annual Planet Earth Celebration in Raleigh, N.C. This local Earth Day event is designed to bring together organizations and individuals dedicated to creating sustainable innovations.
Colony Collapse Disorder
Our work to fund research and spread awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder, the mysterious disappearance of honeybees, has brought our message to movie theaters, Congress and the public.
Building Green Homes
We work closely with Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina in by building homes and a playground in first affordable green housing community in the state.
Getting Involved in Our Community
We believe that it is important to be active where we live, work and play. It's part of living The Greater Good.