SOCIALBOX.BIZ is a social impact business trying to change the world by providing practical corporate governance and technology solutions to support local social causes.
Many people who are learning about us for the first time automatically assume we’re a charity organisation. After all, our primary mission is to help vulnerable populations in the UK achieve success in their careers and life through digital inclusion. However, we’re actually a ”social impact business”, sometimes called a “social enterprise.”
What does this mean for our clients?
Our clients include corporations who want to implement sustainable, long-term corporate governance strategies in their firms. More than just searching for a one-time public relations boost, our clients are committed to creating or contributing to lasting, measurable solutions our community’s biggest social problems. We consult with our clients to help them include such strategies in their corporate governance documents, carry out these plans in practical ways, and measure their social impact over time.
At , we help corporations create a measurable positive impact on their communities as we implement more cost-effective IT strategies. Through our consulting services, your business can learn to digitise and store all data in a secure, cost-efficient cloud-based system. We can also coach your IT department on certified, safe methods of “wiping” sensitive data out of old hard drives and help you donate unneeded computers to those most in need in your neighbourhood. We distribute your old computers to the homeless clients of the Thames Reach charity, train them to use basic office software, and help them create and send out resumes to their new employers.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg! Check out our Services page for more details on the supportive corporate governance and IT services we can offer your corporation.
Please also check out our Digital Inclusion page for information on our current initiative — the Laptops for Homeless Support Initiative, where we’re working to donate at least 1,000 refurbished laptops to homeless individuals by 2020.
If you have further questions or want to support our efforts, please contact us !
Measuring Social Impact
As a social enterprise our mission is written in our constitution and incorporation documents ensuring that majority of the company’s profits are reinvested and used for our social mission activities. Our primary motivator is our mission statement, which focuses on our social impact. This means we are driven by our mission. In fact, our constitution and incorporation documents include a “mission lock,” which states that we’re committed to reinvesting at least 51% of our company’s profits into our social mission activities. We have a further special resolution and a clause stating that shareholders must also comply with this mission.
We are very much encouraged by the recent rising trend of other companies moving towards more purpose– and mission–led business models. We hope to encourage more businesses to become socially active through our example, and by embedding some of these principles into our governing documents.
We have a regularly updated news & posts section on our website where we share our social impact activities and reports. These initiatives include:
- Putting laptops into homeless centres to provide social and digital inclusion to those who need it the most.
- Supporting refugees living in the UK who need to connect with their new community.
- Training at-risk job seekers, such as homeless individuals, on basic computer skills, resume-building, and technology-focused job skills
SocialBox.biz is headed by a team experienced in helping socially excluded people with access to technology and the internet, receiving awards for positive impact on society. Our social ventures are self-sustaining through trade and not reliant on grants.
These are the main principles which we adhere to that make us different –
Commitment to Social Inclusion, Digital Inclusion and Environment
Through initiatives such as Microsoft partner programme and Open Source networks SOCIALBOX.BIZ and its partners ensure that computers going to recipients – Charitable, educational and community organisations contain appropriate software – benefiting our clients social impact efforts.
Our policy ensures that everything is dealt with safely, securely and environmentally benefiting out communities and at the same reducing carbon emissions due to all solutions being locally focused.
Though our work we have established that companies can generate positive social returns and improved reputation amongst their customers and investors from their disused office items via SOCIALBOX.BIZ initiatives.
SOCIALBOX.BIZ follow the principles of ISO 14001 environmental program, ISO 9001 for the efficiency of service and ISO 27001 for data security. We work with authorised specialist recycling companies who also adhere to highest available standards and hold ISO 14001 / 27001 registrations.
We also follow ISO 26000 through our core principles, business model and standard processes and provide simple guides to explain and promote these standards that are aimed at making our world a better place. The whole concept embodies the principles of social impact through optimising re-homing and donating of working laptops and maximising social return. It means we help our customers exceed corporate governance and social responsibility targets and go well over and above the minimum requirement. SOCIALBOX.BIZ takes it several steps further through its local social impact focus which can for example be aimed at minimising environmental impact and carbon footprint due to it being local and supporting human rights, social justice, social inclusion and local community where we live and work at the same time.
At SOCIALBOX.BIZ we are committed to continuously measuring our social impact performance. To this end we have implemented period review for maximising positive impact whilst meeting client’s needs.
Some of our service partners include:
- Cloud storage solutions partners – We work in partnership with ISO 27001 data and psychical security compliant partners.
- Recycling Partners – We work with some of the top recycling organisation, who hold the following certification:
- ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System
- ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System
- ISO 27001:2005 Security Management System
- OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management
Together with our partners or by acting as a broker we solve various business problems for our clients.
• Corporate Responsibility • Corporate Governance • Social Value • Social Impact • Space Limitations • Health & Safety • Data Protection • Environmental compliance