The world we work in is fast-paced and can be all consuming so it’s important to stop and remember the bigger picture, to look at things differently and consider the impact that we as a business have on society. The one constant is the social responsibility businesses have: to give back, to go beyond profit and loss and to strive to have a positive impact on wider social issues whether through financial donations or volunteering time and resources. It was from this premise that our Foundation was born.

The cornerstone of the Foundation is to move the dial; we focus on smaller charities for whom our involvement can make a profound difference. We wanted to give our employees the opportunity to give something back, both to their own personal causes through matching their sponsorship efforts, and by choosing a small number of causes that we feel we could make a difference to.

We are delighted to have supported a wide variety of causes from the Richard House Children’s Hospice, Sands, St Aidan’s Church in Skelmanthorpe to the Nepal Youth Foundation, The Sarah Groves Foundation and many many more.

In memory of the tragic and sudden death of our dear friend and colleague in 2018, the Foundation has supported the Harry Richards Memorial Trust by raising £35,000 for the British Heart Foundation, the charity nominated by Harry’s family.

In the last three years our team has run ultra-marathons, climbed mountains, volunteered at hospices, planted a sensory garden and even built a school, while raising over £500,000 through donations and sponsorships.

Our first donation of £20,000 to Stacey’s Smiles, a charity established to create special memories for families of children with neuroblastoma, really demonstrated the magnitude of what the Capsicum Re Foundation could achieve. In 2017 a team participated in the Race to the Stones ultra-marathon raising an astonishing sum of more than £200,000 which was used to build a vocational school in Nepal. More recently in May 2019 we embarked on the Capsicum Re Foundation Speed Project (#CRFSP). The aim of which was to run, walk, cycle or row 8,500km as a business in just one month. We smashed our targets collectively reaching a mighty 15,737km and raising a phenomenal £68,000 (to date) in the process.

But the positive impact doesn’t end there. Our employees have the chance to volunteer and connect with causes close to their heart and this has fundamentally altered their experience within the firm. It has become a cornerstone of our culture and a fundamental part of our business, something we are extremely proud of. The underlying goal of corporate social responsibility is clear – to create a better world in which to do business and in which to live – this is what we are striving for with our Foundation.