What a year 2021 has been. Through the on-going pandemic, more lockdowns, working from home, then in the office, then from home, CHR for Society is incredibly proud of what the team have achieved through our CSR initiatives.

This year, we have already planted 1,334 trees, as we continue to contribute to global reforestation and rewilding efforts. These have been planted with Trees for Life in the UK, and the National Forest Foundation in the US, and the team have rallied around to complete challenge after challenge through our Moving Miles for Forests initiatives. We have another big target to reach over the rest of the year and will be planting another 300 trees for this!

We also kick-started our journey to Net Zero. We calculated our carbon footprint and put together a strategy to reduce future emissions, whilst offsetting historical ones through different initiatives! This involved identifying suitable global carbon offsetting projects, voted for by our entire team. We are so excited for this journey and what it means for our company.

The team at CHR, through our CHR for Society committee, supported 17 charities this year through sponsorships and donations! This included our annual tradition of wrapping over 100 Christmas gifts for AgeUK, making donations to charities focussing on children in need and towards local hospitals, as well as the team running a half marathon in aid of many more deserving charities!

This year we also engaged in some new collaborations that truly make a difference. ‘Fill it Forward’ is an exciting initiative supporting reuse, plastic reduction, and global water sustainability projects. All our team received stickers with barcodes to attach on their CHR bottles; each time they refilled their bottles they could scan the barcode which would lead to a small donation towards a selected global water charity. CHR also honoured our longstanding relationship with FindaCure, this year sponsoring the ‘Rarely Heard’ podcast series, which focused on the personal perspectives of people living with rare diseases. And last but by no means least, we joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, backed by the United Nations!

Undoubtedly, our amazing Team CHR deserve a huge thanks for taking part in so many activities this year, from running a Half Marathon and raising £1,717 for three different charities, to beach cleaning on Chalkwell Beach and frantically knitting a collection of exceptionally diverse, woolly hats for the AgeUK Nationwide fundraising campaign with Innocent Smoothie.

We are excited for the new CHR for Society committee to fully take the reigns as we move into 2022 and see what other creative and valuable initiatives we can continue and drive through our CSR commitment.

From our committee to you, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and we wish you a wonderful festive season and happy holidays!