Corporate Social Responsibility
"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world"
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
BDO In The Community
Corporate Social responsibility at BDO
At BDO we believe in clear values recognising the needs and interests of the community, being transparent in our dealings and following best corporate governance practice.
Our staff from each of our local firms have identified a number of local communities and projects for involvement and funding, selecting projects according to the nature of the needs and our ability to make a difference. Our CSI initiatives are staff run, under the BDO Evolution team, because what matters to our people matters to us.
At BDO we make an effort to become actively involved in the projects we support and to make our support personal.
Educating our children is crucial to the future of our country as well as the accounting profession. Thus, our national project involves distributing lapdesks to underprivileged children.
Around four million learners in South Africa are in need of school desks. A lap desk is a portable durable desk that can be used on a child's lap.
In 2007, BDO gave 1100 lapdesks to learners in Cape Town. In 2008, 1004 desks were distributed in Pretoria and in 2009, over 900 learners received desks in Kwazulu Natal.
Annually, our South African firms join the fight against HIV/Aids, supporting the "Aids Week Business Bannerthon" by wrapping our buildings and boundary fences in the trademark banner and thus creating awareness.
BDO in Durban is a proud supporter of Africaid's WhizzKids United (WKU) – a programme that uses soccer as a medium to develop essential life skills that enhance HIV/Aids prevention in children. The Durban team attended WKU's World Aids Day event – each being given their own team to coach and manage for the day.
BDO in association with Virgin Active and Discovery Health also produced a virtual reality spinning extravaganza at the Virgin Active Gateway Club. Whizzkids participated on the day and special cycle shirts was sold to raise funds for this very worthy cause.
Every year, BDO Johannesburg donate blankets to The Salvation Army. They visit the Salvation Army's Carl Sithole Centre in Soweto. A portion of the collected blankets are graciously received by the aged residents of the centre. The remaining the blankets are delivered to the Epraim Zulu Centre.
BDO donated much-needed cash, clothes, food and other items to the Finetown Orphanage, run by the Zenzele Counselling Project. Zenzele also supports child-headed households in the community, and provides home-based care to people living with HIV/Aids. BDO staff also give up their personal time to spend with the children of the orphanage on outings to various locations around Johannesburg.
Gerald Fitzpatrick Old Age Home
The Gerald Fitzpatrick House and Nursing Home cares for 85 elderly ladies with little or no income. BDO supports the home and has assisted to raise funds by not only sponsoring but physically participating in their annual "dragon derby". Funds from the BDO ladies golf day are also used to purchase pamper hampers for the residence of the home.
The Alma School provides education for cerebral palsied, severely mentally and physically handicapped children between the ages of three and 21. BDO assisted with renovating their playground and also supported the school by purchasing Casual Day stickers directly from the organisation allowing them to benefit directly from the profits.
The BDO Johannesburg Tax Department join Charles Hahn, the Project Manager of Genesis (a MES-Aksie program) at the BG Alexander Hall for their Christmas in July event for the less fortunate elderly people. Approximately 75 elderly people attended and received a hot meal as well as blankets and food parcels.
702 and Discovery Health Walk the Talk
Seventy Jo'burg staff and their families joined 50 000 walkers at the Discovery 702 Walk the Talk on a bitterly cold July morning. This annual event is to raise awareness and funding for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Beeld Children's Fund Annual Spinnathon
BDO's Pretoria staff show just how big their hearts are (as well as their lungs!) when they participate in the annual Beeld Children's Spinnathon. Team BDO consists of 10 staff who each have a turn to ride a 50 minute set. BDO also sponsor T-shirts and goodie bags for a second team of children from a shelter.