CRH Simon Safety Challenge
On 3rd July 2007 CRH (Cement Roadstone Holdings) joined forces with the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Simon Community Northern Ireland in rolling out an ambitious new charity venture that proposed the building giant make an annual contribution of up to €1 million towards the work of Simon while achieving improved safety records in the workplace.
The CRH Simon Safety Challenge is an all-island initiative and assists in Simon's important work of tackling homelessness north and south of the border. For every accident free quarter (3 months) achieved at any CRH company location across the island of Ireland, a sum of money is donated to the Simon Community operating in that region.
CRH Companies achieving a full accident-free year donate an additional 25% bonus payment on top of the four combined quarterly donations. Simon Communities in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East and Simon Community Northern Ireland all benefit from the challenge.
The monetary contribution from CRH to the Simon Communities around Ireland in the first three years of the CRH Simon Safety Challenge has been over €2.5 million.
Year one generated €777,062, year two generated €842,355 and year three saw €906,658 raised for the Simon Communities.The essence of this partnership is the fact that CRH has taken ownership in reminding their staff members to keep as safe as possible in the work place. The significant increase of funding made available to Simon through the initiative since its commencement marks a noted improvement in the health and safety record of CRH on the island of Ireland. Each CRH staff member on the island of Ireland is committing to helping Simon tackle homelessness in Ireland by their participation in the challenge.
In addition to raising funds, the initiative has also helped to increase general awareness of the work of the Simon Communities as well as the issue of homelessness to specific audiences. The Simon Communities of Ireland has undertaken a number of direct communications initiatives with CRH employees to inform staff of the outputs of the funds raised. In addition, CRH and the Simon Communities of Ireland have also worked together to profile the initiative through a public relations campaign. This has had the effect of helping to keep the issue of homelessness on the public agenda whilst underlining the importance of large corporate donors like CRH playing their part in helping some of the most vulnerable members of our society.
A number of successful staff engagement initiatives have taken place over the course of the partnership which again shows the level of commitment from CRH staff to supporting the work of Simon across the island of Ireland. In April 2010 CRH staff took to the streets for a national collection day. CRH staff manned collection points across the country to help raise extra funds for the local Simon Community in their area. Simon Community Northern Ireland also ran a number of initiatives with the support of CRH staff including: the "Spring Clean for Simon" initiative and the "Simon Safety Football Challenge".
The companies participating in the Challenge include the building materials providers RoadstoneWood, Northstone, Aerobord, Clogrennane, Premier Periclase as well as Ireland's largest cement producer Irish Cement Ltd.
CRH Simon Safety Challenge at a glance:
Annual contribution of up to €1 million invested by CRH towards to support the work of Simon across the island of Ireland.
- To date over €2.5 million has been raised by the initiative.
- For every accident free quarter achieved at any company location in Ireland, a sum of money is donated to the Simon Community operating in that region.
- For a full accident-free year a 25% bonus payment is donated on top of 4 quarterly contributions.
- Simon Communities in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Midlands, Mid West, North West, South East and Simon Community Northern Ireland all benefit from the Challenge.
CRH Simon Safety Challenge - An Award Winning Partnership
2011 - Northstone NI, Best Enterprise Award - 2010 Belfast Telegraph Making the Difference Awards.
- 2010 - Chambers Ireland President's Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility - CRH Ireland was successful in winning the Responsible Employer - Large Indigenous Company award for its work with Simon on the CRH Simon Safety Challenge.
- 2010 - Northstone was awarded the Business in the Community Northern Ireland - Regional Recognition Award in the Local Community Impact Category.
- 2009 - Chambers Ireland President's Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility - CRH Ireland was successful in winning the Responsible Employer - Large Indigenous Company award for its work with Simon on the CRH Simon Safety Challenge.
- 2009 - The CRH Simon Safety Challenge was awarded the Fundraising Campaign of the Year award in the large organisations category - at the National Fundraising Awards
- 2008 - PRII Excellence Award - CRH and Drury Communications were successful in winning an Excellence Award for the CRH Simon Safety Challenge in the category Corporate Communications - Corporate Social Responsibility.