Christmas has somehow snuck up on us again this year, and I’m sure your plans for festive celebrations are already in full swing. However, it’s important to remember that ethical business extends beyond your team volunteering days and into every aspect of how you run your company. It’s possible to put some ethical considerations in place that won’t take away from the fun, but will still let your employees know that you’re serious about doing good – even when it comes to social events.
Here are our suggestions for how to keep the true spirit of Christmas in your festivities:
1. Order your party supplies from an eco-friendly provider
A party usually ends with a whole mountain of plates, cups, and cutlery ready to be thrown away, which is a big thumbs-down for the environment. If you choose a supplier that has done all the hard work and sourced sustainable materials, you can relax knowing that you’ve minimised your environmental impact as much as possible while still providing everything your guests will need to enjoy themselves.
Why not try Little Cherry for pretty but sustainable options?
2. Choose a social enterprise to cater your event
Every year more and more social enterprises are popping up in every industry, and food is a big focus. When there are so many caterers out there who can provide delicious food at a reasonable price, why not go for one that will use their profits to help an important social or environmental cause?! It’s a no-brainer really.
There are some fabulous options all around the UK. Why not check out Good Mood Food in Manchester to support mental health services, MILK in Glasgow to help empower refugee women, or Unity Kitchen in London to help fund apprenticeships for people with disabilities?
3. Go for a veggie or vegan menu
Meat production is gradually becoming more and more linked with some major problems facing the world today – from global warming to world hunger. (Check out Cowspiracy and Food, Inc. if you still need convincing.) Cutting back our meat and dairy consumption is a great way to do a little bit of good for the planet. As an increasing number of people are looking for plant-based alternatives, the vegan food available to us is getting delicious! It’s no longer a case of being stuck with some chips while everyone else tucks into a delicious meal. You could consider choosing veggie options from a regular caterer, or even look into an all vegan option. It’ll still be delicious, and your environmental impact will be almost non-existent!
Why not try Vood Bar for some plant-based delights?
4. Change the world by getting drunk
Obviously, no Christmas party is complete with plenty of booze., but you can even turn alcohol into an opportunity to make a difference! There are a few social enterprises starting to appear in the wine industry, and it’s the perfect time to show your support so this trend can continue.
Why not try Vin2O who use all their profits to support clean water projects?
5. Pick a restaurant with a purpose
Similar to the catering options above, the social enterprise scene in the food and hospitality industries is going strong. There are plenty of ethical options out there, so have a look around and pick somewhere delicious and impactful.
6. Look into charities with unusual spaces to hire
As government funding has begun to dry up, charities have got more and more creative with ways to keep themselves afloat. Plenty of organisations have great spaces that they use to support their beneficiaries and have been making extra money by hiring them out as event venues. Have a look into some options in your local area and help support a cause your employees care about as well as putting on a party that’s a bit different than usual.
Westminster Boating Base is a great example for river-side views in London.
These are just a few options to get you started – there are plenty of other ways to help society and the environment while keeping your employees happy with a great celebration. Do some research on options local to your business, brief the team responsible for planning the event on the importance of minimising waste and maximising social impact with every decision, and feel free to get in touch if you need any advice! Enjoy the festivities!
For more information about social enteprises, check out Social Enterprise UK. If you are looking for solutions to make doing good more straightforward, please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org.