“The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of inspiration.”
– Cornel West
And what better way to inspire your colleagues and clients than by giving them a wonderfully sustainable gift that reminds them of how valuable they are to the company?
The idea behind Corporate Gifting is simple: It’s just a great way to communicate heartfelt appreciation for your customers, employees and partners. Sustainable Corporate Gifting, on the other hand, brightens up peoples’ days while also supporting social and environmentally-responsible brands. With the Earth facing serious concerns of depleting natural resources and global climate change, it’s more important than ever for businesses today to ensure that their economic successes do not come at the expense of social and environmental responsibility. Through Sustainable Corporate Gifting, you get the best of both worlds!
It’s safe to say that most of us would feel more motivated and appreciated when we are acknowledged for the work we produce, or for being a loyal supporter of our favorite brands. Sustainable Corporate Gifting brings about a range of long-term benefits; Here are four big ways that it can directly benefit your company:
- Reinforcing Your Business Values
As the age-old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Opting for sustainable alternatives when selecting gifts reflects the values of your business, and of how the business makes conscious decisions and supports sustainability where possible. It shows that these values are not just empty words and that you put your money where your mouth is.
- Improved Business Perception
Given that issues of social and environmental responsibility have never been more pressing than they are now, it is essential for businesses to align their interests with that of their consumers and the public. Gifting products that are made with eco-friendly materials and/or socially responsible processes communicates that your business is relevant and aware of global issues currently in play.
- Customer Trust and Loyalty
Trust needs to be earned. Making the small yet powerful decision of choosing to support sustainable brands for corporate gifts, showcases your business’s active commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. Customers who see the value in being socially and environmentally responsible will be more likely to remain loyal to your business. It’s also an added bonus if you know the individual preferences of your intended recipients- and send them a gift that is personalized!
- Employee Motivation
While corporate gifting may be perceived as a small act of appreciation, it can go a long way in encouraging job satisfaction and work efficiency. The act of gifting, an extrinsic reward often used to command excellent work performance, can produce intrinsic rewards for employees. It can encourage higher individual self-esteem and self-confidence, providing them with the motivation to perform better at their work! Through sustainable corporate gifts, the act of gifting can also be used to develop and strengthen the sustainable values of employees.
Your business’s first #LittleGreenSteps for Corporate Social Responsibility begins with Sustainable Corporate Gifting. But you’re not just limited to physical objects- We’ve included meaningful Experience Gifts, too. Now that you know about all the benefits to Corporate Gift-Giving, here are five sustainable companies that’ll help you deliver (’cause even Santa doesn’t have to do his rounds alone):
Gifts Less Ordinary
Gifts Less Ordinary (GLO) Corporate is the first corporate gifting marketplace that seeks to provide personalized experiences through sustainable and luxurious eco-friendly products. They support businesses who share their belief that Corporate Social Responsibility is an essential aspect of any business agenda, by providing them with a wide yet careful selection of beautiful corporate gifts. Recognizing that every recipient is unique, they allow for individual personalization at wholesale prices, offer instant quotations and online fulfillment at competitive prices. Corporate gifting made easy and memorable! With an incredibly vast array of items from jewellery, to homeware and even art, you’re sure to find something that even your pickiest client is going to absolutely adore.
The GreenRace features an enviro-mix of some of the best road & trails running around. They organise personalised running & training plans, fun runs, retreats, trail races & trail cleanups. Their events are designed with the aim to contribute to the local community and environment, and they believe that by each of us doing our part to bring about change, we can then continue to enjoy the great outdoors sustainably. The GreenRace is an opportunity for people to reset themselves in everyday life and habit. Through them, you can also help fund a Hong Kong Student GreenCommunity project that helps make Hong Kong an even greener place to live. You could even adopt an eroded/damaged section of a Hong Kong Country Park Trail and support in the restoration (in support of Concern Group for Concretisation of Hong Kong Natural Trails). The possibilities are endless- and we doubt that anybody would be mad at the chance to get a little more fresh air and greenery in their lives!
The Final Straw
The Final Straw aims to promote a more sustainable way of living, which instinctively factors in both people and the planet. For them, replacing plastic straws is a small but very visible way of actively demonstrating commitment towards this state of mind, and sparks wider discussion about how we use and manage resources responsibly in our world. By displacing plastic straws with more sustainable alternatives like stainless steel or bamboo, they aim to reduce the amount of waste in landfill and pollution in the ocean, as well as lessening the impact on climate change from excessive plastic production. They support local suppliers and social enterprises within their supply chain. To ensure they remain focused on their mission, they give away all profits to fund beach clean-ups in Southeast Asia. Why not help your entire company take a #LittleGreenStep with a useful yet good looking gift?
Clean the World
Started in 2009 in Orlando Florid, Clean the World Global launched Clean the World Asia in Hong Kong in 2014. Their mission is to save lives and protect the environment by diverting soaps from landfill and repurposing them into new soaps. Hygiene-related illnesses are the leading cause of death for children globally, claiming the lives of nearly 6,000 children under the age of 5 every day – more than AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis combined. Studies have proven that proper handwashing with soap is the single most effective way to prevent those deaths, reducing morbidity rates by 50% or more. Over 5 Million individuals have received soap and hygiene education in their programs and partnerships. Your business can help save even more lives this Christmas by participating in their Hotel Soap Recycling programme, Textile Upcycling programme or by helping them build hygiene kits. Give your employees the gift of time and purpose to serve their communities today.
Rooftop Republic’s team has been pioneering the urban farming movement over the last five years in Hong Kong. Their vision is to revolutionize the food system and transform the relationship people have with their food. They are a truly multi-disciplinary team and collaborate with architects, engineers, organic farmers, chefs and nutritionists to develop and deliver urban farming solutions. Through their farm set up and maintenance services, they can help you design and manage a farm within your own facilities. They can also help you engage schools, NGOs or communities and make them a part of your project. From donating harvests to local food banks, to organizing school visits on your farm or involving the elderly in your neighborhood through farming activities. Alternatively, if you don’t have the space to set up your own farm, sponsor a farm on a school to provide a unique experiential opportunity for kids. This would be a great way to uplift your company’s image by using the farm as a flagship program to demonstrate the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
That’s enough of how you can make a huge difference- have you checked out all the little ways to have a greener Christmas this year yet? You’ve definitely gotta check out our selection of Conscious Gifts under $50, or how you can have a Zero Waste Christmas, a Vegan Christmas, Zero waste swaps for eco-friendlier presents, How to dress both fashionably AND sustainably this holiday season or even a how you can have a Conversation about Climate Change. Also, do you know which GREEN SPICE you are yet? Or where you’ll be having a plant-based Christmas dinner this year?