Giving to charity good for business survey finds

New research finds 54 per cent of UK respondents believe UK businesses should give a percentage of annual profit to charity by law.

New research from social development charity, the Greg Secker Foundation, reveals 54 per cent of UK respondents believe UK businesses should be required to give a percentage of their annual profits to charity by law, outlining a strong moral obligation for businesses within the UK. The research – conducted among over 2,000 UK adults (+18) – questioned public opinion on whether UK businesses are doing enough for charities. The results show many UK businesses are missing a trick by not focusing more of their efforts on philanthropic activities.

The findings revealed donating a small percentage of annual profits (up to five per cent) to charity would significantly better the image of the business to consumers. If consumers knew a UK business gave five per cent of its annual profits to charity:

  • 43 per cent would have a more positive opinion of the company
  • 20 per cent would use this company over competitors companies
  • 17 per cent would recommend the company to friends/family

The research also finds donating a percentage of profits isn’t the only option for businesses, with 41 per cent of those surveyed believing businesses should be doing more for charity as a whole. Offering pro-bono services that map back to the business’ specific area of expertise came out on top with 25 per cent of respondents wanting to see more of this. Donating more of their profits followed with 24 per cent and up-skilling members of the community 21 per cent.

‘UK businesses are already doing excellent work for the third sector, and the government’s tax relief incentives are certainly a step in the right direction. However, what these results show is there is public appetite for more, both morally and legally,’ says Greg Secker, founder of the Greg Secker Foundation.

‘Time and time again we see the benefits a thorough corporate social responsibility programme offers businesses, with the figures here speaking for themselves. By simply donating a small percentage of annual profits to charity, businesses are able to increase brand loyalty, positively shift perceptions, and increase their potential customer pool, all the while helping a good cause. We would just like to encourage businesses to keep the third sector in mind because helping out is good for business.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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