In 2007, Burt's Bees established The Greater Good Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization designed to further our mission of responsible environmental stewardship. The Greater Good Foundation empowers non-profit, grassroots initiatives whose efforts inspire us, particularly in the areas of protecting honeybees, supporting sustainable agriculture, and supporting our local Durham community.
Since its inception, The Greater Good Foundation has issued $1.2 million in grants. In 2012 alone, The Greater Good Foundation donated $233,000 in proceeds to some 23 nonprofit organizations, including Resourceful Communities, SEEDS, and The Pollinator Partnership.
Working together, we accomplish more. That was true when we started, and it's certainly true today (maybe truer than ever). We support sustainably-minded partners, as well as our local Durham community, through funding and volunteer time. We even give employees paid-time off to pursue outreach efforts. These partnerships are a cornerstone of our community service initiatives, giving us the resources, manpower, and motivation we need to go out and do good for our global neighbours.
This list is ever growing, so check back to follow the latest developments!
- BRITISH BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
We're proud to sponsor the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Adopt a Beehive scheme. This charitable project raises awareness of the importance of honey bees and good beekeeping husbandry, while raising funds to support vital research and education projects to help save the honeybee.
Honey bees need much the same things as humans to thrive - a good, varied diet, a safe home and freedom from disease. The Adopt a Beehive scheme works on all these fronts, which are under threat in the UK and across the world.
You can Adopt a Beehive from one of ten regions in the UK, and over the year learn all about life in your hive and the craft of beekeeping as the seasons change. The BBKA calls it “armchair beekeeping!”
Adopt a Beehive makes a lovely gift as you are sent a box of goodies which includes a jar of pure British honey, some wildflower seeds and a Pocket Guide to the Honey Bee.
More than that though, it is a very practical scheme to support. The BBKA’s Adopt a Beehive makes a difference to the work going on behind the scenes to help honey bees thrive by working closely with the people who know the bees best, the beekeepers.
For example Adopt a Beehive has helped fund the painstaking work of Ron Hoskins and his team in Swindon, where they are breeding honey bees which are more resistant to the varroa mite. The varroa mite is an insect which arrived in this country in the 1990’s and has had a devastating effect on colonies across the UK.
We support the BBKA’s Adopt a Beehive scheme through long term sponsorship, and also by working with some of the beekeepers in the scheme. Barnaby is one of the beekeepers in London whose bees you can Adopt. Our staff have volunteered out at his apiary and so far have helped to shift earth, move trees, plant flowers, paint beehives and dig ponds!
You can read more about the scheme or take part by going to the BBKA website….Read More