Doing what's right, the GoCo way
We can’t get enough of giving at GoCo Group and 2019 was no exception. From marathon running to blood donations, Tough Mudder to our annual Christmas toy appeal. If there’s one thing a GoCo’er can get behind, it’s charity.
£10k raised for NSPCC Cymru
+£45k donated to charities in 2019
65+ national and local charities supported
Upping the ante on 2018, our CEO, Matthew Crummack, joined several of our colleagues to run the 2019 Newport marathon. Never one to do things by halves, Matthew ran the 26.2 mile course in an inflatable Gio Compario suit branded with sponsored partner logos. Matthew and the team put in a sterling effort, raising over £10,000 for NSPCC Cymru.
Our budding charitable athletes went on to participate in the St David’s Foundation Tour de Gwent, cycling the beautiful hills and mountains of South Wales and raising £2,500 for the Foundation. For those who weren’t up for a two-wheel adventure, there was always Tough Mudder, where the team battled the obstacles to raise over £1,500 for Help for Heroes.
As well as physical involvement, the team have sponsored a number of employees involved in grassroots sports clubs with kit, equipment and transport.
Our For the Greater Good Committee has been busy during 2019 helping people less fortunate than most. With everything from organising regular food bank donations and volunteering sessions to our monthly staff charity of choice giveaway where we pledge £1,500 to causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.
The team have helped support in excess of 65 national and local charities with various initiatives.
We offer a diverse range of health and wellbeing activities to ensure our people are healthy in body, mind and spirit. From social and fitness groups including cycling, climbing, walking, running, football, metafit and circuit training to awareness campaigns discussing the impacts of alcoholism, breast cancer awareness and mental health. Since working from home, we have introduced free membership to the membership to the mindfulness and sleep app, Headspace. During 2019 we continued to provide free flu jabs, private medical cover for all staff, workplace massages, eyecare vouchers and onsite Welsh Blood Service blood donations. Whilst we are working from home due to Covid-19, we are enabling staff to donate blood offsite, have implemented remote desk yoga and are working on provision of flu jabs for winter 2020.
We recognise both the benefit and power of a rich and diverse workforce and creating an environment where everybody feels as though they can be their authentic self. This year we have continued to work on our own diversity and inclusion initiatives internally, whilst still supporting external movements and support groups.
As part of our continued commitment to increasing the acquisition and development of gender diversity, we have continued to utilise blind CVs, gender language software and data-driven assessment methods to ensure everyone is assessed fairly and on an even footing.
Our benchmarking, succession planning and talent management frameworks also require our managers to focus on the issue of gender diversity and challenge their thinking.
To further crystallise our commitment to driving diversity across the Group, we launched and headline sponsored the initiative, Digital Women Wales. This is a monthly meet-up in conjunction with tech enablers, Innovation Point, across the South Wales community. We are committed to building a strong, visible support network available to those women who want to be a part of our industry across Wales. The event regularly subscribes to capacity with attendance in the region of 60-70 people.
We have showcased how we support our initiatives and working practices such as how to effectively support flexible working and accelerating your career through employee speaker slots from data through to marketing departments.
2019 was the year of mental health awareness and support. From mental health awareness training for managers across the Group to open-door therapy sessions with qualified counsellors as part of the Time to Talk campaign. The team stepped up their approach to tackling mental health and support in the workplace. Some of the team took part in mental health first aid training whilst others joined staff from across the Group to undertake our fully-funded MoodMaster programme designed to proactively support our employees with good mental health.
Raising awareness and championing the issues of under-represented groups is also something we are passionate about. In December 2019 we joined thousands of businesses, action groups and cause champions for Purple Light Up 2019 to celebrate the economic power of disabled people. Different backgrounds, experiences and mindsets make for a productive, varied and effective workforce – not only is encouraging and supporting diversity the right thing to do, it makes good business sense. Joining the Purple Light Up was our way of showing solidarity with this important cause; one that reflects our Company values and champions what people can do, over what they can’t.
Throughout February we joined thousands of businesses to stand shoulder to shoulder with our LGBTQ+ colleagues to fly the flag in recognition of LGBTQ+ history month. Later in the year, some of the team draped themselves in the rainbow flag and joined the parade to celebrate each other’s uniqueness.