We work with young people to improve wellbeing and employability through engagement with nature and enterprise. We offer employee engagement and training services to organisations. We make and sell  lip balm, candles and the honey that our half a million bees produce.

This amazing organisation is taking Hackney young people on a journey from sometimes challenging starts to success in business or the workplace. It shows what can be done when committed individuals work together and focus on the positive side of human nature.

 – Meg Hillier MP for South Hackney

Growing the Golden Co

Growing the Golden Co

Recently we’ve been asked more than once ‘So how do you scale up your business?’ and ‘Wouldn’t it be great if you could have as much impact as Jamie Oliver?’ Well, yes, of course, it would be wonderful to enable a much larger number of young people to get in touch with nature through the magic of beekeeping. And to open up opportunities for and with many more young people. But of how to do it when you are, like us at the Golden Co, a values-led organisation ? And values-led to the extent that the values guide everything, including how we generate profit right from the start of our business back in 2009? How we’re using our values is high lightened in an article published by Virgin Unite (the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group) and we hope that being very frank with the pitfalls and top tips is going to be useful for others too. We have been very fortunate to secure funding from an organisation that works with us to enable us to be profitable and financially independent in 2016. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation supports the salary for a Project Director -the brilliant Gustavo Montes de Oca- full time until the middle of 2016. Without funding for this role it would have been impossible to grow in a values-led way. No doubt there is plenty of learning coming our way during the next 2 years. We will let you know how we get on for...

Our founder, a hero! (Observer Ethical Awards)

Dear members of our Golden Community, You know that our future is in young people, that our future is in bees and nature and that our future is in strengthening and encouraging the changemakers who bring onto the horizon a way of doing things that is both revolutionary and gentle.  Zoe is one of these people. Please vote for her to be this years Local Unsung Hero in the Observer Ethical Awards, and bring down a choir to celebrate her stunning work. Gustavo …. Voting for Local Unsung Hero is now over, but please keep your fingers crossed for Thursday June 13th when we find out if Zoe will win at the “Green Oscars” Also worth noting that our partners at Warren Evans, where we keep bees and run employee engagement have also been nominated for the award of Ethical Retailer!...

TEDx Businesses behaving like bees create value

When businesses behave a little bit more like bees and natural systems, they can excel while creating value over and above their own needs. Watch the video of Gustavo talking at TEDx LBS (London Business School) about our work bringing together young people and business employees around their shared need for nature. He talks about characteristics of the colony that allow it to maintain the conditions necessary for the creation of life while also enriching and enhancing the environment around them. This work benefits other species including humans by supporting global agriculture, economies and the beauty of the landscape....

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