Our Social Efforts
What is Social Responsibility to Baby Mina.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill.
For us at Baby Mina, the concept of Social Responsibility means that businesses (big and small) have a degree of responsibility not only for the economic consequences of their activities, but also for the social and environmental implications.
As active owners of Baby Mina, human rights are relevant to the economic, social and environmental aspects of our business activities. We value and support our direct and in-direct partners who promote labour rights, protect against child labour, conduct and promote fair trade and use sustainable products (bi-products) for those items we promote, stock and make.
As a small business we value and will continue to promote our wholesale partners who remain committed to the human rights of those who come into contact with the goods/services they deliver in some way. This might be by ensuring they have healthy and fair workplace conditions and pay, or by ensuring they are committed to maintaining the welfare of the local areas affected by their manufacturing activities.
At Baby Mina, we ensure our Social Responsibility by supporting local and international charities and organisations. What are some of the organisations Baby Mina supports and why?
St Vincent de Paul - has been a long standing partner within our family. For Fitz as a refugee from civil war, his family was reliant on the generous support provided through St Vincent de Paul and those volunteers who supported his family's migration here. As a former youth president of St Vincent de Paul, Fitz's ties remain strong and central to our personal and business activities and support for St Vincent de Paul. Baby Mina makes regular donations of new children's clothing and is hoping to extend to some volunteer hours in the new year (2016).
Cerebral Palsy Alliance - we chose to support the Cerebral Palsy Alliance as soon as we realised that Cerebral Palsy is the most common form of disability in childhood. 1 in 500 Australian babies are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy every year, or to make this a little more real, 1 baby is born with Cerebral Palsy every 15 hours. Although there is currently no known cure, there are a wealth of treatment and lifestyle options that can be adopted to assist those living with Cerebral Palsy to have a more functional and comfortable life. We are proud to provide a monthly sponsorship to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to assist those people doing it a little harder than you and I and living with the daily challenges of a life with Cerebral Palsy.
World Vision Australia - for us both child sponsorship is the most effective and rewarding way to help give children better futures. The fact that we can contribute to transform a young child’s life and also support their entire community means a lot to us. Hayley grew up as an only child and has never really experienced hardship. For her, it is difficult to see such inequality through the children of the world. As we raise our own beautiful daughter, it is important to us to try and support someone less fortunate than our family. Every child deserves to be cared for and to live a life free from poverty. Our sponsored child resides in Ecuador and has the same birthday as Hayley. We regularly send her messages of love and support and look forward to receiving her pictures each year to see how much she has grown and developed.
Fighting Racism - We are proud to support many of the 'Fighting Racism' campaigns within our community and supporting those stories of individuals and organisations acting on this online. As personal and through our business, we are dedicated to our commitment to anti-racism and to raising awareness about racism and its effect on the community and individuals. It is up to every individual to play a role in contributing to the removal of racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes. As an example, our promotion of the 'Golly Doll' is to re-emphasise that racism is a learned not inherited behaviour. Through the eyes of children, the world is an equal and beautiful place. We must nurture that innocence and stop and reflect on the true issue of racism.