Engaging with our communities through colleague volunteering and charitable giving is an important part of our culture, and we are also a not for profit organisation. Our colleagues are encouraged to use their time and skills for volunteering, fundraising for charity and helping people fulfil their potential. Through this we help to unlock the potential of thousands of people worldwide.
Our legacy organisations worked closely with local and international charities in our locations around the world. Now our charity partners are selected by colleagues globally, who vote for international charity partners operating near one or more of our regional offices. Alongside this, all UK-based colleagues can nominate charity partners in Cambridgeshire, Coventry and the North-East of England.
Our partners for 2022-24 are:
Bookaid International sends around one million new books to libraries, schools, prisons, hospitals, universities and refugee camps in over 25 countries every year.
The Positive Youth Foundation helps to raise the aspirations and life chances of 8- to 25-year-olds by running regular groups with girls and young women, looked after children and newly arrived refugees, helping those at risk of exclusion from school, offending or exploitation.
Centre 33 provides free and confidential support to young people up to 25 with mental health, caring responsibilities, housing, sexual health and more.
The North East Autism Society is dedicated to helping autistic young people fulfil their potential by providing care and education for children, young people and adults.
Our colleagues around the world also support a wide range of registered charities of their choice. Find out more about some of the charities we’ve supported around the world in 2021-22 below.
We have partnered with SPARK!, a non-government organisation championing women’s rights, promotion of gender equality and advancement of women’s economic and political roles. We donated books in support of International Day of Women and Girls and Science and International Women’s Day.
We partner with the social enterprise, TSIBA, to provide bursaries and tuition scholarships for its Business School students and bursaries for the Thuto Trust, an education trust which invests in young people through their tertiary education. This makes tuition more affordable.
We’ve partnered with our local Wildlife Trust since 2008, helping with a range of projects such as planting sphagnum moss on an experimental wet farm designed to capture carbon and reduce peat erosion or weeding riverside meadows to improve biodiversity.
We made donations to Operation Backpack, an anti-poverty organisation, which works to end homelessness and helps children succeed in school by providing essential supplies; also to the United Way of Kentucky, providing disaster relief in response to the devastating tornadoes.
Attendees at our longstanding Cambridge Day series donated more than 42 tons of food to local families in need via our Food for Thought project. This year nearly 1500 teachers attended events in nine cities and together with local booksellers, donated 2.5 tons of food
Our Delhi-based team took part in a tree-planting initiative which aims to develop an urban, micro-forest at Ghaziabad. We are supporting the environment project run by the charity Say Earth for two years as part of our local corporate social responsibility initiatives and global employee volunteering programme.