In the thick of the ‘cost of living crisis’ the Centrica CEO set a challenge for his eighty-strong senior leadership team to all volunteer with frontline organisations.
We devise tailored projects, programmes and partnerships that are strategically relevant to business and that create social impact.
We believe that Community Impact is much more than a strand of a Corporate Responsibility strategy – it is a way to understand, engage in and act upon social and environmental issues, for the benefit of the business and society.
It is about bringing the purpose of the business to life through embracing big societal issues and local community themes.
Those are the considerations we have front of mind when supporting businesses with their Community Impact agendas, whether in a consultative or delivery role. Our work includes:
- Designing and implementing flagship programmes, helping businesses to maximise their impact on a particular social or environmental theme.
- Setting up and supporting high impact business-charity partnerships, ensuring there are benefits for both organisations and bridging any cultural differences.
- Devising and running bespoke, skilled volunteering projects, often for senior teams, that tap into their business knowledge and experience and engage them in the social impact agenda.
- Organising large scale business volunteering days, with a focus on skilled projects and building the capacity and skills of the volunteers.
- Measuring and evaluating impact, including acting as an independent reviewer for existing projects, programmes and partnerships.
Across all elements of our Community Impact work, we connect businesses and their people with partners and issues that align to business strategy and priorities.
“Three Hands worked with us to bring expert social insight, knowledge and challenge to land on a theme that has resonated across the business.”
Community Impact Case Studies
Three Hands has partnered with British Land since 2015 to deliver its Community Day Programme, benefitting communities and partners in London. To increase business impact, this year it evolved into a Community Week.
Centrica’s new partnership with Carers UK seeks to transform the lives of carers across the country. We were brought in to help both organisations build strong foundations for the partnership and to develop innovative, skilled volunteering opportunities that will maximise its impact.
"I deliberately spoilt a loan application form in the hope that the bank would notice that I was being coerced into filling it in." So said a survivor of domestic and economic abuse to the Community Banking Executive Committee at Lloyds Banking Group.
Education and employability are major features of the ‘Thriving Communities’ agenda at RSA, one of the UK's leading insurers. Youth unemployment and the need to better prepare students for the job market constitute both a moral concern and a material issue to the business.
Our remit was to help develop a new flagship social impact programme, to work alongside Royal London’s existing social impact commitments, and to engage customers, colleagues and wider stakeholders in society.