As a company, we’re committed to using our skills to make great things happen. He’s a snapshot of the impact we are having beyond the day to day of working with our wonderful clients.
Work that matters
Our positive impact
Supporting good causes
– We run an annual fundraising campaign - Creatives for Change – which raises money for environmental causes such City of Trees and the Wildlife Trust. ‘Creatives for Change’ is a design collective, founded by Creative Concern, responding to the biggest challenges of our time. It’s about using our creative skills as a force for good.
– We donate annually to local based charities as part of our Christmas commitment (in 2022 the donations have gone to Coffee4Craig) and have supported MASH (Greater Manchester charity supporting sex workers, GM and Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Wood Street Mission amongst others.
– Every member of the Creative Concern team is part of our charity volunteering programme. Past volunteering has included tree planting in Salford, and clean up work in the Bridgewater canal.
– Creative Concern offers free consultancy time through an 'advise surgery' model, to charities and not for profits seeking support with brand and communications. The surgeries are promoted through CharityComms network and our own outreach. We are active members in the CharityComms network.
Tackling climate change
– Creative Concern is currently 50% of the way through the GM Business Growth Hub Journey to net zero programme (commenced in November 2022). The programme will see us measure, manage and reduce our emissions as we progress to carbon net zero.
– Our website hosting is recognized by the Green Web Foundation and is certified from renewable resources.
– Our Founder, Director Steve Connor is also a board member of Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership as their green lead.
– Creative Concern donates on a committed monthly basis to reforestation charity Ecologi for the length of the contract period. We have selected Ecologi because they offer the chance to support a broad range of projects globally that are able to evidence that they are reducing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.
– Each month we support a range of carbon avoidance projects that are certified at the very highest level by Gold Standard or the Verified Carbon Standard. Ecologi also have a range of reforestation partners, who, with our support, are growing millions of trees per month. We have also selected Ecologi because 85% of our donation goes to the project delivery directly.
– We are active in our commitment to sustainable travel using public transport or walking/cycling wherever possible. When journeys into the office are taken / required, we support our team with a cycle to work scheme and a scheme to support the purchase of public transport season tickets. Our travel miles have also significantly reduced due to hybrid working.
– Our Founder, Director Steve Connor chairs the GM Bee Net Zero Partnership, which is dedicated to helping businesses reduce their carbon.
Supporting future creatives
– We’re working with the University of Manchester to run career mentoring sessions, undertake portfolio reviews and support students with guidance on ethical communications and careers guidance.
Back in 2016, Cities of Hope brought sensational street art to the Northern Quarter and raised awareness and income for social causes at the same time. We are delighted to be part of the Cities of Hope team for 2018. Yet again, some of the biggest names in street art will be coming to Manchester to cast a new light on some of the most challenging issues of our time. So far we’ve supported Cities of Hope with a website and we’ll be putting together a promo film in the coming weeks. Check them out and support if you can.
It was an honour to be approached to be part of the ‘This is the Place’ book, a creative memorial in response to the attack on Manchester Arena in May 2017. The book, based around Tony Walsh’s poem, 'This is the Place’, brought the creative community of Manchester together to reflect on the tragedy. Each creative was given one line of the poem and the challenge of creating one page of the book. Every penny from the book sales will be split equally across three charities: Forever Manchester, We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.
Our idea wouldn’t have been possible without the support of IPAF, which provided a cherry picker to capture the image of a heart of yellow umbrellas outside Manchester’s Central Library. Thank you to James Torry of Doodledo Motion for getting in touch and giving us the opportunity to mark the moment and to look forward with hope.
“Get yourself a copy of This is the Place. It's beautifully put together and is the perfect way to support some fantastic charities making a real difference in our city. Choose love Manchester."
The extent of food poverty in our city continues to shock us. Salford Food Bank is part of a nationwide network of food banks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. We wanted to help promote their work and offered to put a film together for them to showcase the vital support they give to local people in Salford.
Watch the film and support them if you can.