With global companies like Starbucks hitting the headlines for evasive tax practices and others like BP involved in international, ecological disasters in recent years, it seems that we only hear about the evil that large corporations do. But what about all those organisations who give something back to the community? Ethically-minded consumers will sleep a little easier knowing that the products they buy are made by businesses who give money back to worthwhile causes, especially when the donations help the health industry. Here’s a short list of some high-profile do-gooders.
The beauty company has spent 12 years raising money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. In that time the business has donated more than $18 million to help the battle against one of the most common and deadliest cancers among women. Much of this money has come from sales of their Colour of Hope cosmetic range.
Casinos might not be the first businesses to spring to mind when you think of charity fundraising. In three years some casinos around the UK have raised over £1 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Their partnership with the charity began in 2010 and has now raised enough money to pay for over 50,000 hours of nursing time. Marie Curie can only provide this nursing time with the help of donations. The charity has around 2,000 nurses who care for over 30,000 terminally ill patients at no cost to their families every year. Check out Betsafe livebets to find out more about the company
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The most famous of American diners has been doing its bit for charity since 1991. Since then it has given away millions of dollars to various causes through sales of its Signature Series T-shirts. The tees are created using an original piece of artwork donated by a famous musician. Bon Jovi and Shakira have contributed amongst others and proceeds from sales have gone to charities of their choosing.
The well-known jeans brand started their National Denim Day back in 1996 as a way of both getting people to turn up to work in more casual attire and raising money for a good cause. Lee employers came up with the idea of encouraging people to wear denim to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. They got 3,000 businesses to take part, raising almost $1.5 million. The event has to this day raised around $80 million, making it the largest fundraiser for breast cancer in the US.
Trident were a bit late on the scene compared to others in the list but they certainly made an impact when they decided to donate $1.5 million over three years to Smiles Across America. The chewing gum giants pledged the money to Smiles, a non-profit dedicated to providing dental care for children in poor communities, as well as giving donations to dental clinics. It’s all part of their long-term goal to give the millions of children who aren’t receiving dental care in the United States a chance to have a healthy smile.