Corporate Social Responsibility
As Catalyst license holders we recognise our responsibility to manage the environmental impacts of our activities, products and services. We have assessed our team building activities and identified that our significant environmental aspects/impacts include transport, energy use and waste. All our events are built with our CSR policy in mind.Read our Policy Documentation
We have suggested a CSR direction for the following specific events so that you get both a great team experience but also raise consciousness and awareness of CSR. These can be tailored to reflect your own CSR policy and all offer good PR opportunities. Please also consider activities listed under the Community and Environment section of the Events menu.
Have you experienced Beatswork and been blown away by sense of unity that this teambuilding event creates? How about taking this further a sharing this positive experience with the wider community? Ask for internal volunteers to organise and facilitate this event with worthy groups in the local area – set up a sponsored Samba Band.
Orchestrate is a totally unforgettable extravaganza where participants feel truly uplifted. Why not share some of that feeling? Invite others to join you and sponsor their place in the Orchestra. Are you affiliated to an external organisation with individuals who would really appreciate this opportunity? Prior to the event you may wish to set up competitions with local schools where pupils can earn their seat. Consider donating a number of classical instruments after the event.
Streetbeat conveys a very strong message of sustainability; the useof back to basics trash style instrumentation is good demonstration of how powerful results can be achieved with limited resources. This concept can be driven one stage further with participants bringing/finding recycled materials to build their own instruments!
Due it its market relevance, Big Picture has been very successful and many clients have used the activity as a vehicle to 'give back in some way'. Some of our clients have used the decorative nature of Big Picture to brighten up wall spaces in hospices, play groups or old peoples' homes. The most popular CSR angle has been auctioning the picture for charity post event, earning a lot of money over the last decade.
Set a sustainable tone and tailor Haute Couture so the collections only use recycled or recyclable material. Wining Team? – Yes, but don't drown them in bubbly and corporate gifts, how about donating to their chosen charity on their behalf. The fashion industry is not without its critics, so why not contribute to an organisation that assists with liberating children in third world countries from exploitation and child labour?
Bridging the Divide can be tailored so that each bridge portion is presented by the team as the rationale for the side messages concerning sustainable development.
The end goal requires teams to share resources, minimise unnecessary journeys, control budgets and use recycled materials wherever possible. It’s a route to creating awareness of the impact of any project on the environment and the expectations of diverse stakeholders.
As part of Catalyst's commitment to our own CSR policy, one of our global partners recently donated this activity to a school. Not only did the children receive the educational benefits of this dynamic challenge, they also raised a large sum of money for charity. Prior to the actual event the each of the competing teams were tasked with raising actual corporate sponsorship for their F1 constructions. Character building stuff for go-getters in their formative years!
(See case studies for more detail)
This exercise often asks people to project news into the future. It presents a useful vehicle to explore elements of your own CSR statement: predicting 'tomorrows news' provides a great sounding board for participants to explore their impact on the environment and what steps can be taken to maintain a committed CSR policy.
Creative Juices sets a scenario of one company collaborating internationally. The first part of the challenge presents complex distribution issues that need to be resolved. This is a crucial element of the game and one that can be tailored to demonstrate how teams can successfully work together to reduce their carbon footprint.
River Runner simulates a commercial business operating in an environmentally sensitive environment. The depth of game structure allows the game to be specially tailored to explore ethical issues such as community liaison, conservation, responsible practice, resource management and the socio-ecomonic impact of tourism on a fragile economy.
How The West Was Won is akin to a historical 'Second Life'. The intricate game matrix sets up a common environment where participants are responsible for their own actions. Catalyst can tailor the content to raise awareness of sustainable and ethical business practice. Clients have used to this as platform to explore their own principles; the value they create for society, environmental impacts, use of resources and their affect on employees' lives.
Add a 'bolt on extra to this activity' where the points accumulated by teams are matched with cash donations from your company. Teams are rewarded with star icons according to their performance in each challenge, the team with the most stars at the end of the competition is applauded. The stars have a dollar value which the participants can assign to a chosen charity.
Considering that Breakthrough is a great platform for learning, how about considering an 'event in kind'? Donate a full Breakthrough event to a school, youth group or any charitable foundation that would benefit from the educational relevance of this challenge. To play our part we will provide this at a heavily discounted price.
The Discovery Challenge can be tailored to benefit worthy causes. A recent example of this is the 'Bike Build’; by deciphering clues at specific locations teams unearth bike components. The end goal being to build brand new bikes that were gratefully received by a children’s charity.