We believe that we need to participate in the issues that our industry is facing today such as gender equality and diversity, and make sure we give back to society where we can make a difference.

We believe we are well ahead of our industry in terms of gender equality. We made a voluntary declaration of our zero (mean -0.01%) gender pay gap before the 31.03.18 deadline. With a male/female leadership, 50/50 split at board level and 66%/34% female/male split we believe we are in good shape.

In 2022, Brands2Life is partnering with national charity, Family Action’s HeadStart, a youth employability and volunteering programme designed to support young people to develop the skills, experience and confidence needed to secure and stay in employment.

In this partnership we will support more than 80 young people with their progress into the workplace and employment during 2022, providing a combination of career workshops and discovery days, paid workplace experience placements and training for young people coming through HeadStart. This ESG initiative is all about providing equality of opportunity to disadvantaged young people.

We have an ongoing partnership with Ark Globe Academy, a state school with over 1000 predominately non-white pupils, and have run three career enrichment days for 50 pupils, have coached their marketing manager and each year host sixth form pupils for work experience. Recently we helped celebrate their 10th Anniversary with an installation that celebrates the career aspirations of all its students.

We’ve also helped publicise the 30th anniversary of Hackney Quest, an organisation dedicated to supporting the development of young people in the East End. Watch our crowdfunding video below and read more about our work with Hackney Quest here.

Brands2Life supports the wider community and one way in which we aim to do this is by offering all our staff Charity Days, which allow them to give something back to the local community and spend a day doing something out of the ordinary. Staff can spend a paid day per year volunteering for their chosen charity.

This Christmas, we’ve been fundraising for Whitechapel Mission, a London based charity primarily helping the homeless, operating a drop in centre in Whitechapel offering breakfasts, hot showers and various other support services. Our activities have included cake sales, a raffle with fantastic prizes, a ‘Socks ‘n’ Chocs collection and a big donation of sleeping bags.

We’re very proud of our broader CSR work with over £100,000 raised for Action for Children through our Bytenight sleep-outs over the past ten years. Staff raise money through cake sales, sponsored runs etc and then the company doubles what they raise.

There’s not much our team hasn’t done to raise money for good causes – from sleeping out to baking cakes, running the Paris marathon, taking part in Race for Life, or donating at Christmas. We’re proud of our team’s charity fundraising efforts and support them in every mission they set out on by doubling the amount of money that they raise.

We are also supporting Tree-Nation, the worldwide platform to plant trees, here in the UK and also through our Brands2Life Global Network on a pro-bono basis, to raise awareness of the threat of deforestation to our planet.  This is the first time Tree-Nation has appointed an agency network for a global project.

We have also created our own Brands2Life Forest in partnership with Tree-Nation to support reforestation projects in both Brazil and Nicaragua. The aim of this is to offset our carbon emissions for all of 2020 and beyond. In addition we have plant a tree for every member of Brands2Life staff and each of our current clients, which you can view on our online Brands2Life forest.