A new social enterprise dedicated to corporate social responsibility has been set up for businesses and individuals working in the UK catering equipment sector.
The initiative, called Together We Will, has been set up by distributor association Ceda and buying group Cedabond – however it will have its own independent structure and will be open to everyone in the industry.
Together We Will’s initial focus will be mental health management and health and wellbeing in general, and will encompass offering events and training.
CEDA director general Adam Mason explained: “When Ceda and Cedabond announced our joint-venture last year, one of the primary goals was to create an independent, industry-wide social enterprise that could focus on the development of corporate social responsibility initiatives for the betterment of the entire industry – areas that are bigger and more important than any affiliation with any organisation should be addressed by the industry and for the industry.”
Mr Mason said that work has been undertaken over the last several weeks to plan the launch, but it has moved more quickly in recent days to put in place actions for its first area of focus, which is on health and wellbeing.
The social enterprise has drawn up a list of immediate, short- and medium-term actions with regards to the initial focus on health and wellbeing to accomplish the overall objectives of: raising awareness, tackling stigmas, education and support services.
To begin with, this will include a series of webinars, access to training courses, the creation of networking groups for business leaders or owners and the development of direct action resources.
Mr Mason said: “We are very conscious that we don’t have all the answers, but are engaging professionals that do and will also involve the many people that offered their support to date, in order to then best develop what we deliver on the topic.”
The overall and long-term objectives of Together We Will are to address challenges such as: environmental sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion and others, as well as health and well-being, to help deliver support and solutions for businesses and people across the industry.
Mr Mason continued: “The issues that we are seeking to address are much bigger than any affiliation. They will need involvement and engagement with the whole industry in order to deliver the right solutions.
“Any person or organisation in the industry that wants to be a part of the conversations and ultimately the actions that are taken is absolutely welcome.”
He concluded: “The aims and objectives are really quite simple – focus on big challenges that are affecting every business and every individual in our industry, start and continue conversations, then deliver the necessary support and solutions.
“We are in the process of setting up the business as a social enterprise that will be governed and operated independently.”