The end-of-year holiday season has arrived again, and traditionally an increased spirit of giving comes with it. In 2022, with pandemics, natural disasters and war affecting more people around the globe, there are ever more people in need. More and more companies around the world are practising corporate social responsibility by opting for team building activities for charities that not only strengthen their team but also help them give back to their local community.
Company values are the guiding principles and fundamental beliefs of an organisation. These value statements are important because they dictate to management and employees the actions to take and create a company-wide standard for behaviour. Corporate Social Responsibility should be a genuine component of a company's values.
Unfortunately, in the corporate world, too many businesses have sanctimonious progressive positioning and virtue signalling yet take little or no real action. Employees see through this grandstanding.
And with a new balance of power in the job market – worker-power – businesses should take heed. People identify the need to give to social and environmental concerns and look favourably to corporations who give. The act of giving is a concrete manifestation of intent. Walking the talk has the added benefit of attracting and retaining employees. That's when Team Building Activities for Charity can come into place.
Giving is powerful for the person giving as much as the recipient. Giving activates brain regions associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust. Altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain leading to emotional and physical benefits. In this way, Giving has a place in an employee wellbeing program.
Giving together as a group promotes cooperation and social connection through a shared sense of purpose and a common goal. Collective giving promotes a sense of trust and cooperation that strengthens ties in the group. When employees give together, they perceive their colleagues more positively, leading to team bonding and engagement.
Catalyst Global's Lifetime Partnership with the Global Giving Initiative, Buy1GIVE1 (or B1G1), allows us to make a real difference to people we may never get to meet. B1G1 is a Social Enterprise and non-profit organisation with a mission to create a world full of giving.
Every time someone participates in a Catalyst Global program with one of its network partners anywhere in the world, Catalyst Global gives to one of B1G1's specially selected high-impact projects. But it doesn't stop there. Network partners who are members of B1G1 also give each time they run a program compounding the giving!
Many of Catalyst Global's team-building activities can be tailored to include corporate giving. For example, in Peak Performance, each time a team safely summits the mountain, you can give to a chosen charity - a bonus incentive to participants! Or in Beat the Box Rescue Santa, successfully completing the escape game-style challenges and opening a case, can trigger giving to B1G1 worthy causes. Our connection with B1G1 gives you the choice of a range of projects to give. Alternatively, you can select a local charity or community organisation.
For a specific program with both learnings and outcomes centred on corporate social responsibility, check out Impact. In Impact, teams complete a series of challenges related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. There are mental, physical and active tasks and several levels of difficulty.
What's more, Impact has customised versions for Live, Remote and Hybrid teams! Successful completion of challenges leads to donations to B1G1's three SDG Bundles: Active Economy, Beautiful Society, and Clean Earth, which collectively cover each of the 17 SDGs.
Choosing a socially responsible team building activity for your group that couples with giving completes a great 'virtuous circle': employee engagement, wellbeing and team bonding with corporate action for a more sustainable future.
Get in touch to learn more about how Catalyst's socially responsible team building activities can assist you in planning a fun shared experience that strengthens your team’s abilities while giving back to the community. Book a giving program for your team today.
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