From an agent in the field:
The company (Origin Energy) continues to pay their employees their full
wages, but rather than doing accounting, admin or maintenance for the
company, they're released to plant saplings, ladle out soup, and counsel
troubled 'yoof' for the charity organisation of the employee's
choosing. This "charity leave" is provided in addition to the employees
annual leave. The only possible way it could make for good business is
if consumers were so impressed with Origin's squeaky clean social
conscience, that they'd choose to forgo a cheaper energy provider to
make the world a kinder, friendlier place....bahahaha....God, are we
proles really that stupid? I'm not sure I want to know the answer to
that. In any case, I'm pretty sure Origin isn't pushing that
angle with their customers, they're pretty quiet about it actually,
rather it seems to be a recruiting lure, it's hinted at here:
can't see why they wouldn't just offer their favoured charities
discounted electricity and be done with it - seems far less economically
destructive to my uneducated mind.
CSR is a disease.
Let there be no doubt about it.
It just happens to infect corporations and not people.