Giva Blog Categories : Social Responsibility

Giva Salutes: Charity IT Association (CITA), Addressing Nonprofits’ Technical Needs

Charity IT Association (CITA)

In our digital world, it is almost impossible for an organisation to flourish without the proper technology. One licenced charity's focus is making sure the rest of the United Kingdom's charities are smoothly ushered into the modern era. The Charity IT Association (CITA) was launched in early 2015 in response to the growing issue of nonprofits' inefficient digital resources to organise their communication and market their mission. CITA matches a charity in need of advice and support with an independent and experienced volunteer in the information technology field.

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New Bio Plant Will Revolutionise UK Household Waste Treatment

REnescience & DONG Energy

Recycling benefits the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and it conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals. Yet in 2014, only 44.9% of household waste was recycled, and fell to 44.3% in 2015. Traditional waste handling systems are inefficient, relying on households to sort waste into different bins that are transported to separate locations. The waste cannot be completely separated either.

For instance, paper containers are typically made of a paper exterior, a foil interior, a plastic screw cap, and remnants of whatever substance was inside the containers. At best, households can screw off the plastic cap for recycling and empty the container as much as possible. They cannot separate the paper from the foil.

But with DONG Energy's REnescience technology, enzymes separate waste so that the materials can be recycled. Leftovers and paper are turn into biogas, plastic is re-purposed for new plastic goods, and foil is burned in a waste incinerator to generate energy.

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Case Studies in CSR: Freeths Partners with BITC's Right to Read

Freeths & BITC's Right to Read

Literacy is critical to understanding and succeeding in today's world. A report from the National Literacy Trust shows that low literacy is associated with poverty and that individuals with low literacy are "more likely to be in routine work, receive working age benefits, live in disadvantaged housing conditions and more deprived areas and experience homelessness".

Business in the Community (BITC's) Right to Read programme aims to raise literacy standards by increasing the number of trained volunteers providing reading support for children ages seven through eleven. Since January 2015, Freeths, a national law firm, has worked to increase this number. More than 70 of its staff members have volunteered for the programme, helping over 250 children.

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Case Studies in CSR: London Introduced New Line of Zero-Emission Double-Decker Buses

Transport of London & CSR

Few objects are more emblematic of London than the double-decker bus. No London tourist brochure would be complete without a picture of one these beauties. And it would be rare to find a cinematic montage of the city without a shot of a bright red double-decker bus zooming through the streets. The symbolic nature of the double-decker bus makes it all the more exciting that London's transport network last year introduced a new line of eco-friendly double-decker buses.

In March 2015, Transport for London (TfL) announced that it would add five all-electric, zero-emission double-decker buses to its transport system. The buses use lithium iron phosphate batteries, which enable them to travel for more than 24 hours and approximately 300 kilometres without stopping to recharge. Each bus includes air conditioning and can hold 81 passengers (54 seated, 27 standing). The buses and their batteries were designed by BYD, the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer. BYD will also help install the London bus charging stations and help train drivers.

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CSR Spotlight: Premiership Rugby Launches "Move Like a Pro"

Premiership Rugby Move Like a Pro

Premiership Rugby has a history of giving back to the community with their Movember drive last year raising over £41,000 for men's health. Now, the organisation has launched a new programme, Move Like a Pro, that gives rugby fans the opportunity to participate in a free 12-week physical activity course online or at their local Premiership Rugby club session with trained staff members.

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Giva Salutes: WaterAid UK

WaterAid UK

Here at Giva, we search for organisations that work to make the world a better place, and we are pleased to salute them here!

WaterAid is an international organisation that works to better the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people throughout the world by providing them with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

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5 UK Charities Working to Protect Wildlife

Environmental Conservation & Wildlife Protection

With more than 165,000 registered UK charities from which to choose, people interested in getting involved with one could easily feel overwhelmed. In addition to thousands of different organisations, there exist hundreds of diverse social causes as well. If you are interested in volunteering with animals or plants, or would like to help preserve their natural habitats through donations or a corporate partnership, this article may be able to assist you in the charity selection process.

The following are descriptions of five unique charities serving to protect the diverse flora and fauna of the United Kingdom:

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Thames Water Builds Largest European Floating Solar Farm

Thames Water

Thames Water, the United Kingdom's largest water and wastewater services provider, is in the process of installing an expansive solar farm on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir in London. The floating solar array will consist of over 23,000 solar panels, making it the largest in Europe. The project was completed in early spring of this year.

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CSR Spotlight: Business in the Community

Business in the Community

Are you interested in implementing corporate social responsibility (CSR) into your place of business? For people living in the United Kingdom, there may be no better resource than Business in the Community (BITC). The organisation provides abundant information on CSR efforts, resources, programmes and events.

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Deloitte Launches Society Partnership Programme

Deloitte's Society Partnership Programme

Deloitte, one of the UK's leading accounting and professional services firms, has recently created the Society Partnership Programme, which combines its charity partnership and social innovation pioneering programmes into one major initiative. The Society Partnership Programme's mission is to support UK charities and social enterprises committed to benefiting the public good and helping those who are unemployed move up.

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