Join us for Sustainable September – a volunteering challenge for everyone in your business

by Lauren Cunningham, Community Engagement Manager

In the pursuit of a better world, every small action counts. Imagine if these actions were amplified across business, turning them into a collective force for good.

Join us for Sustainable September – a month-long initiative for companies to involve their people in fun and productive challenges. There are a number of ways to get involved and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Did you know that in Northern Ireland, we throw out 500 tonnes a week in textiles, equal to each person throwing out 3.6kg a week?

It’s time for a clear out

We’ve all been there – lots of ‘stuff’ accumulates in our homes, taking up space and gathering dust. Sustainable September’s Volunteering Challenge turns this everyday task into an opportunity for positive change. Encourage your employees to declutter their homes, collect unwanted items, and donate them to local charity shops. By doing so, they’re not only creating space in their lives but also giving others a chance to find joy in their pre-loved items.

Swapping for sustainability

Hosting a swap shop is another creative way to participate in Sustainable September. This not only encourages sustainable consumption but also provides a platform for your employees to exchange items they no longer need for things they truly desire. It’s a win-win situation – reducing waste while promoting a sense of community within your company.

A double whammy

Beyond material donations, employees can also have the opportunity to experience hands-on volunteering. There are a number of places for volunteers to spend time in local charity shops, helping to sort, organise, and serve customers. This direct involvement allows them to see firsthand the impact their efforts have on the community. Moreover, it raises awareness about the causes these charities support, from supporting individuals and families living with cancer to hospice care, from charitable impacts at home to those far away.

Raising much-needed funds without donating a penny

Charity shops play a vital role in generating funds for their respective causes. By making donations and volunteering in these stores, your employees contribute not only their time but also help these organisations raise essential funds. This financial support can enable charities to expand their reach and create a more significant impact on the lives they touch.

Driving sustainability through action

Sustainable September’s Volunteering Challenge embodies the essence of sustainability – a balance between people, planet, and place. By engaging in this challenge, your company showcases its commitment to responsible business and environmental consciousness. It’s not just a month-long event; it’s a step towards embedding sustainability into your company’s culture

Fostering employee engagement

Engaged employees are more likely to be productive, creative, and loyal to their employers. Participating in initiatives like the Sustainable September can significantly enhance employee engagement. When individuals see their business aligning with causes they care about, they feel a sense of pride and purpose. This, in turn, can lead to improved job satisfaction and a more positive work environment.

Stronger together

Sustainable September is an opportunity not only to magnify individual efforts but also to inspire a collective movement towards positive change. If one company gets involved, that’s great, but it is much for impactful when companies do it together. I’m delighted that we already have 25 businesses* signed up this year, but we have room for more.

We make it easy

At Business in the Community, our aim is to make it as easy as possible for companies to get involved. Once you sign up, we’ll send you a pack with posters and social assets you can download, and all of the information you need to get started.

So, why wait? Sign up for Sustainable September – clear out unwanted or unused items, enjoy a clutter-free space, raise awareness, and foster sustainability – all while strengthening the bonds within your company and doing something positive for great causes across Northern Ireland.

We’re ready and waiting for you . . . Sustainable September – Business In The Community (bitcni.org.uk)

*Acheson Glover, Allstate, Baker McKenzie, Bassets, BBC, Breedon Group, Cavanagh Kelly, CCEA, CFR, CME Group, Compass People, Dowds Group, Felix O’Hare, George Best Belfast City Airport, GRAHAM, Henderson Group, Heron Bros, Hyster Yale Group, JP Corry, Mutual Energy, NI Assembly, SSE, Translink, Tughans Solicitors, Utility Regulator, Visit Belfast