There’s an urban (or should that be rural?) myth that there are more than 130 community groups on Islay – that’s one committee for every 26 people! Being part of the community is being part of island life. We at team Botanist, Bruichladdich Distillery, are no exception.
In a normal year, it’s our policy for teams to take a day away from the distillery to work on group projects (the picture above is from such a day of action in the community garden.) But throughout the year there are those who also crew lifeboats, coastguard stations and fire trucks – dashing from work whenever there’s an emergency – and many more who help local clubs and sports teams, serve on committees, go shopping for neighbours or do a multitude of other good deeds.
So what has making gin got to do with volunteering?
As a B Corp company and a socially responsible employer we need to govern and manage the impact we have on the community. Mandating time for volunteering is certainly on the agenda – in the year before the pandemic 484 hours were devoted to voluntary work – but that’s just the start.
Head of HR Emma Crawford says: “We always want to support people in giving back to the community – especially through the emergency services.”