We support initiatives and projects strongly backed by employees that are relevant to what we do and can be supported for several years.
We have continued to support charitable and community based causes in 2016. The following are a few examples of the good work completed by our employees in the communities within which we operate.
Examples of our charitable donations
Task Brasil Trust
Apart from delivering a successful 2016 Rio Olympics for the Group, the Production Services Business Unit and its employees raised a significant amount for Task Brasil Trust enabling a donation of over £11,000 to be made. The team visited the charity at “Casa Jimmy” which provides a safe and happy home for young children who are either living on the streets or leading lives of great deprivation and vulnerability in Rio de Janeiro. Some of the Production Services specialists also used their time to produce a video programme about the running of Casa Jimmy. Task Brasil Trust is a charity that was established in 1993 to help the street children of Rio de Janeiro. Following a donation from Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin the charity established Casa Jimmy.
In 2016 the team at Manfrotto UK developed a relationship with a local organisation called Leicestershire Cares which brings businesses and local communities together through employee volunteering. Members of the team participated in interview technique days with four local schools which involved conducting mock interviews and giving feedback to students to help them prepare for future interviews. Work experience placements were also offered to local schools.
Further In light of the devastating earthquakes in both Japan in April 2016 and Central Italy in August 2016, employees in both countries gathered donations to benefit charities that assisted with the relief efforts. The team in Japan donated over £2,000 to the Japanese Red Cross whilst efforts across the Photographic Division as a whole raised over £5,700. The team in Italy also collaborated with a supplier in Fabriano, Italy, to create a Christmas card. The town of Fabriano was selected as the area is renowned amongst publishers, writers and artists for its high quality paper and our employees wanted to help local artisans whose activities had been severely affected by the earthquakes.
Continuing education support
The Broadcast Division’s site based in Bury St. Edmunds continued its support of the William & Ellen Vinten Trust with an employee providing a dedicated resource to the trust, supporting local schools with initiatives on an ongoing basis. The Bury St. Edmunds site also provided a five week work experience placement for a local student, helping to promote the company as a local employer.
The Broadcast Division’s site in Costa Rica donated tools to local technical schools to support the development of technicians in gaining skills required to support the business. The team in Costa Rica also created a supplier development programme to help improve the capabilities of their suppliers and build long-term relationships, including offering training courses in technical topics.
Picture of Life
The Photographic Division’s Picture of Life educational photography programme continued in 2016. It is aimed at young people who have experienced difficult upbringings and who are looking for a chance to gain a professional qualification. The 2016 programme was developed to include the following organisations: Jonathan Charity, Naples; NYC Salt Organisation, US and Aike-Dellarco art gallery, Shanghai. The main subject for participants in 2016 was “Invisible Cities” with the final images displayed in several photography exhibitions.
The Picture of Life project won the AIF award for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in Italy in 2016. The award recognised the positive effect of the project not only on young people, but the important messaging it conveyed.
Local Community Donations
Across the Group, each local business makes efforts to support local community projects. These are many and varied and focus on local community projects. Examples include the following:
The Broadcast Division’s site in Cartago, Costa Rica continues to support the community including sponsoring the local Red Cross Committee, a local nursery and completing sponsored walks to raise funds for the local hospital. Employees also volunteer their time at a centre for teenagers.
In 2016 the Group head office in Richmond made a donation of £2,000 to Shine Cancer Support in support of a colleague who had benefited from Shine’s resources during the year. The Broadcast Division’s Bury St. Edmunds site raised £1,000 for two local charities, St Nicholas Hospice and Henry’s Holidays, through a Christmas raffle. The Division’s sites in the US also made donations to local charities including St Vincent’s Special Needs, Shelton Gazebo Fund, Oxford Youth Basketball League and Camerata D’Amini.