Supporting and championing exemplary CSR practice is core to our values at BBO PA Network. Understanding what this looks like and how organisations carry out ‘good practice’ is where there is value in sharing our members’ experiences. Just having the conversation and bringing to life all the great things Assistants do helps raise awareness. We introduced our #BBOCSRChampion of the Month initiative to do just that, to highlight all of the incredible CSR work that takes place in organisations in the hope that it inspires others.
We are proud partners of CSR Accreditation who are delighted to be supporting this amazing initiative. After hearing from CSR-A’s Managing Director last year, Richard Collins, we knew how BBO PA Network could do more for it’s community!
Each month at our online events, we make some time for our CSR initiative in the agenda. We hear from BBO PA Network members who share their CSR experiences but most importantly inspire others. We celebrate members’ stories and hear about the good work Assistants carry out not only within their organisations but also on their own accord. Each BBO CSR Champion will be made a CSR-A Associate and will have a tree planted in their name as part of the Green Earth Appeal.
Social Responsibility allows you to enrich the quality of lives for all by investing in social value as an essential part of an organisations culture. This provides purpose and impact and will ensure a sustainable and profitable business. It will help to build a better world for future generations by improving the environment and ensuring a cohesive community to live and work in.
We are thrilled with our partnership and are proud that BBO PA Network members are the CSR enablers that can create a CSR legacy for their organisations and have a positive impact on the world.
We are excited to announce our December 2020 BBO CSR Champion:
“I am an Executive Assistant for Baker Hughes, a forward-thinking global energy technology company.
At the start of 2020 I started a weekly drop-in group meditation session for staff, whilst we were still working from the office. Little did I know at the time just how needed these sessions would be when COVID hit the UK in March 2020, and we all began to work from home. I took these sessions online and now I run weekly mindfulness sessions, which include guided meditation and journaling exercises. These sessions have gradually grown in popularity and I I now have people joining from other countries and new people signing up to my mailing list each week.
The positive feedback I have received from our employees has made it all worthwhile. Just to know I am making a difference and helping others during my working day makes me smile and gives me a true sense of purpose.
Last week I was asked to participate in a live broadcast for international day of disabilities. I had the opportunity to share my own personal battle with mental health. I then led participants through a five minute guided meditation. There were two members from the leadership team on the call, who took the time to personally message me to thank me for having the courage to share my story. This gives me a lot of hope for the future of the workplace; a future where mental health and well-being is a priority.
This is a cause very close to my heart that I am excited to champion. I am extremely proud of what I have achieved this year, and grateful that Baker Hughes have been kind enough to support me with this initiative. I am looking forward to seeing what more can be achieved in 2021 as the company looks at additional ways to be able to support the mental health and well-being of our employees during these challenging times”.
Corinna Henry, Executive Assistant at Baker Hughes