High Value vs. High Redemption: Why CSR products need to be in your assortments

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Picture this scenario… It’s time to renew an R&R program with one of your best accounts. They are a mid-sized company and you have been doing business with them for five years. HR and upper management have supported the program overall but have seen a downturn in engagement and feel it might be time for a change. Why?

Some seismic shifts in everyday business have taken place over the last several years. It seemed like it happened overnight, but the seeds were planted more than a decade ago, and when it took root it grew like a Redwood. That tree was Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR).

There are so many branches of CSR, but let’s focus on our opening scenario. The workforce has changed over the last five years. Millennials have taken over the workplace landscape (By 2020, Millennials will make up 50% of the workforce.) and are more engaged in social issues and the world around them. Although on a smaller scale, this awareness has also influenced the Gen-Xers and younger Baby Boomers, as well. This new workforce is seeking out companies who have a measurable CSR footprint, which in turn, has led to said companies spending thousands, if not millions of dollars to attract and retain this talent in tandem with their CSR initiatives. Companies are aware that 75% of millennials will take a pay cut to work for a company that practices CSR as a core value. Let’s face it, they realize it’s good for their bottom line.

So, to recap. A long-standing customer with a change in its workforce and a softening in its engagement program. What’s missing? That’s right – CSR products in the assortment you’re offering them. Now, this is where it can get tricky. There may be an option, for example, where the participants can donate their points to a charity of their choice. That’s nice, but there is nothing tangible for the participants after reaching the goals set out in their respective program. They still want “stuff.” They want something that rewards them for their hard work and to show to their peers how their hard work paid off. And while selfless, there is no measurable way to acknowledge or celebrate this deed.

This is where CSR products come into play. Products that give back 100% to the artisan groups or social enterprises that produce them. Products that tell a story, support a stated mission, and make the participants not only feel good about redeeming for such a product, but also that management decided to put these products in their assortments. Enhancement of engagement programs with CSR initiatives reduce turnover by 50%. They feel good about their workplace and help reinforce what the program is supposed to do in the first place.

These products also have a high value as a closing tool for opening new accounts, as well as renewing existing ones. Your clients have put so much time and money into their CSR initiatives and don’t realize they have a glaring CSR hole when it comes to their incentive product offerings. You are helping them close that gap, while creating an opportunity to reengage their employees with the introduction of a new product segment that is meaningful.

Jim Wersching is Director of Sales for HHP/helping hand partners, a non-profit supplier of Goods That Do Good™, with an insight into the incentive world.

Divas of Comedy in the Spotlight!

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HHP had a blast with iO Chicago comedians modeling HHP’s fair trade practice jewelry and accessories! You can find these gorgeous pieces in our 2017 holiday catalog.  iO founder Charna Halpern and improv stars Susan Messing, Stacey Smith, Shantira Jackson and Nnamdi Ngwe who all modeled for the shoot.

At HHP, we apply the improv mentality of “YES, AND…” as we encourage consumers to say YES to bringing our fair trade practice goods to the forefront AND to making a difference.

#LIFTCOMMUNITIES

HHP’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser was a huge success!

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HHP’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser was huge success. With the generous support of our attendees and donors, we raised important funds to support HHP’s artisans and partners around the world.
 
This incredible generosity will truly transform lives and provide a pathway out of poverty.
 
Many people asked us how to get involved with HHP’s important mission. Whether it is introducing our fair trade practice products to your friends or business associates or donating directly, we are so grateful for any information, time and talent you can spare. We also offer volunteer activities at our new production facility location, which is opening soon. Volunteering is an enriching experience for company events, team building, bridal showers, and more. You may also consider a warehouse shopping event for your meetup, religious or other social group. 
 
We will be sharing more information about these opportunities over the next few weeks.

At the fundraiser we were also proud to showcase the story of Shanika Smith. Shanika overcame incredible personal and professional obstacles to establish herself as Production and Fulfillment Director, and an integral member of the HHP team. You can watch Shanika’s inspiring story here.

With your support, HHP can continue providing mentorship and a career path for individuals with skills and passions just waiting to shine.  

HHP’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser

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We hope you’ll join us for a fun evening of noshing & bidding at our fundraiser dinner & silent auction! Help us #LIFTCOMMUNITIES and make a difference in the lives of our social enterprise partners.

Bring your appetite, grab a tray and join us for the Third Annual Dinner & Silent Auction Annual to benefit Chicago social enterprise, HHP/helping hand partners at Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen on Jefferson Street!

• Savor the ultimate comfort food with friends (new & old)

• Learn more about HHP’s own manufacturing social enterprise brand, 1eleven™

• Come be inspired by our associates going through our social enterprise job program

• Meet our social enterprise partners & hear about their work

• Bid on the many amazing goods handcrafted by our artisans

Get your tickets here, or make a donation.

#LIFTCOMMUNITIES: HHP’s July act of service

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We need to protect and support our most vulnerable people and communities. HHP is able to do that through our products that provide a pathway out of poverty, and we love supporting organizations that share our mission.

The goal of our #LIFTCOMMUNITIES campaign is to create a social movement where everyone gives, volunteers or supports instinctively at least once a month.

For our July act of service, HHP is donating restaurant gift cards to Common Pantry, Chicago’s oldest continually operating food pantry. We strongly support their belief that all individuals deserve the right to good nutrition. The cards were generously donated by HHP supporter and friend Saro Hartounian, owner of Harco Industries, Inc.

Visit Common Pantry’s website to find out ways that you can support this amazing organization and help to #LIFTCOMMUNITIES.

Learn about helping hand ARTISANS™

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helping hand ARTISANS™ (HHA), HHP’s fair trade practice brand in the developing world, is bringing sustainable livelihoods and economic empowerment to countries around the world, including India, Cambodia, Guatemala and Chile.

Purchasing HHA fair trade practice goods helps our partner organizations to provide valuable social programming that includes fair wages, education, safe working conditions, economic empowerment, micro-loans and financing.

Learn more about HHA.

Check out just a few of the beautiful, socially responsible goods from HHA. You will love the story and inspiration behind each piece.

#111ActsOfService to #LIFTCOMMUNITIES: May 2017

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Dear Friends,

We need to protect and support our most vulnerable people and communities. HHP is able to do that through our products that provide a pathway out of poverty, and we love supporting organizations that share our mission.

So for this month’s act of service we’ll be wearing our red noses and making a donation in support of Red Nose Day, a charity that has raised over $1 billion in 25 years to support projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered.

The goal of our #LIFTCOMMUNITIES campaign is to create a social movement where everyone gives, volunteers or supports instinctively at least once a month. Join us this month by wearing a red nose on May 25th and supporting this amazing charity!

Doing Good Looks Good on Mom!

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SHOW MOM YOUR LOVE
with a gift that helps moms around the world.

These beautiful gifts tell a story and help to change the world. When you give Mom a gift from HHP you’re directly impacting the lives of moms around the world. Share the love!

Melt + Soak + Lather Set $62.00

The Melt + Soak + Lather Set includes an 8 oz. jar of Dead Sea soaking salts, an 8 oz. jar of glycerin bath melts, and a 4 oz. bar of hand-poured glycerin soap. Presented in a teal toiletries bag handcrafted in Cambodia from construction netting in a fair trade setting. Jars are non-breakable. Available in Sea Salt, Lavender, Citrus, and Mint. HHP’s social enterprise brand, 1eleven™, allows HHP to further fulfill its mission by providing jobs and a career path at HHP for disadvantaged adults from underserved communities in Chicago. BUY NOW

 

Mosaic Tote  $92.00

This purse is sure to turn heads! Features white leather detailing on top of black netting. Includes 1 zippered pocket and 2 open pockets. Leather handles. Measures 13″L x 12.5″H x 4″D. Proceeds support daycare and preschool for the artisans’ children. BUY NOW

Cristobal Earrings  $50.00

These sterling silver earrings are handcrafted by Mapuche artisans of south-central Chile who have honed their craft over generations. Features a Mapuche inspired adornment measuring 0.5″ in diameter. Total drop of 1″, excluding ear wire. Proceeds support helping hand ARTISANS™, HHP’s global artisan network. Benefits have included clean water, free education, safe transportation, micro-loans, disaster relief, and more. BUY NOW

Aruba Weekender $225.00
Made by a fair trade collective of Guatemalan artisans, this gorgeous Weekender combines hand woven traditional stripes with elegant brass-toned nickel hardware and luxurious leather straps. Features 2 inner and 1 outer pockets, and red macramé pompom details. Made from 100% cotton and leather. Measures 14″H x 17″W x 8″D. Proceeds support the mission to link rural indigenous artisans to international market.
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Silver Flora Bangle $14.95

Adorn Mom’s wrist with this bold bangle. Handcrafted by Indian artisans at a fair trade organization who work from home and are able to care for their families while preserving traditional brass-working skills.
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Introducing HHP’s social enterprise bath + spa brand, 1eleven™.

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We’ve been busy at HHP crafting something new…

HHP’s mission is to #LIFTCOMMUNITIES by providing a sustainable livelihood and job opportunities for people with barriers to employment. We’re helping to provide a pathway out of poverty, and we created 1eleven™ as another way for us to accomplish this goal.

Connecting the power of raw talent with raw materials
At HHP’s 1eleven™ facility, individuals from underserved neighborhoods in Chicago who face barriers to employment are trained and mentored to produce beautiful spa goods, securing the confidence and skills they need to advance their careers at HHP.

Instilling hope
The handcrafted, artisanal spa goods are high-quality and customizable. When you purchase these products, you know that each bar of soap or spa good helped to create a job, change a life and instill much needed hope in struggling communities.

Enjoy our luxurious line of lathers, melts, soaks, and sparks. Each purchase makes a difference.