Our Responsible Business Strategy has been going from strength to strength so far this year. The recent Gold Status Award that we received from the Green Tourism Business Scheme was yet another feather in our cap plus exciting news for us this month is our new charity partner – The National Youth Orchestra. This is a hugely talented orchestra of British teenager who were awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music! Here’s what else we’ve been up to:
Trees for Cities - helping to transform Redbridge
As part of the Responsible Business CSR team, one of the key aims for 2013 is to plant more trees to help offset our carbon footprint. With this in mind we are partnering with Trees for Cities – Trees for Cities transforms bleak urban landscapes into attractive green space through tree planting and greening projects. Trees for Cities is an independent charity which inspires people to plant and love trees worldwide. Established in 1993, Trees for Cities creates social cohesion and beautifies our cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most.
We wanted to help ‘Trees for Cities’ transform Ray Park in Redbridge to create a new urban woodland and flood barrier. We joined a bigger team with other people from different organisations helping to plant whips and mulch. They were aiming to plant on 1,000 saplings on the day!
The new Edwardian Charitable Fund
The Edwardian Charitable Fund was set up to support the chosen charities of employees who have presented winning ideas to a steering team of senior managers. Several fantastic presentations were made and the following were selected from this round:
Alison Smith – Child’s i Foundation in Uganda, Africa (£1,500)
Our contribution means that we will be able to provide the children at the Malaika Babies home with a 6 month supply of milk.
After a trip to Uganda over Christmas, the charity were delighted with our support – watch the video >
Or watch the video on youtube >
Jo Morgan – Breast Cancer Awareness (£1,000)
Jo has personally been involved in fund raising for Breast Cancer Awareness for quite some time and has demonstrated a genuine commitment to highlighting the issues connected to this cause.
Wendy Menking – Corporate Challenge (£4,000)
Wendy’s idea of utilising everyone’s business planning skills in the organisation to further support a range of causes (Volunteer Reading, National Youth Orchestra, World Childhood Foundation and Springboard) is a great and innovative way to approach fund raising. It is for this reason that we have agreed to kick start these 4 projects with £1,000 for each charity. Well done Wendy!