Actively participating in Corporate Social Responsibility is at the core of one of our values, Thorough Decency, and is ingrained in how we operate as an organisation every day. We believe it is crucial to invest and to give back to the communities in which we live, work and operate each day. As an organisation of our size, and with our widespread geographical footprint, we recognise the opportunity we have to make a real impact in the world. Actavo’s CSR activity has helped countless communities and charitable organisations and will continue to do so as we expand into new markets and geographies.
Young Social Innovators (YSI) promotes education for social innovation and provides young people the platform to use their creativity to respond to social issues and contribute to building a fairer, more caring and equal society. We have been a Gold Sponsor for the past three years and supported YSI’s Annual Showcase, promoting Health & Safety by hosting a designated ‘Safety Zone’ (images attached). Furthermore, our SHEQ Director is a lead judge on the panel which reviews submissions from teams of young people in their transition year. We continue to support YSI in 2017.
In 2016 we hosted our first Cycle Event, which came out of our ‘Bright Ideas’ Programme. This involved three different routes for avid cyclists – 10km, 55km and 100km. It has now become a much talked about event with plans already underway for 2017’s cycle. In 2016, our chosen charity was Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
We worked closely with this fantastic charity, which provides practical, emotional and financial support to families with children aged 0-24 affected by cancer. The charity offers free therapeutic short breaks at its incredible Daisy Lodge facility in Newcastle and Pine & Birch Cottages in Coleraine to families from all over the island of Ireland.
We have been involved in numerous fundraising and time giving activities with the Cancer Fund for Children. In 2014, our Network and In-home Division supplied and fitted new TVs throughout the Daisy Lodge facility. We also entered numerous teams into the Hell & Back event in order to raise funds for this very worthy charity.
Camara is an international charity, operating as a social enterprise that uses technology to deliver 21st Century skills to improve education in disadvantaged communities around the world. In 2014, 13,842 computers were shipped to their educational hubs and 243,411 students became digitally literate in disadvantaged areas around the world. We began our partnership with Camara in February 2015 and believe it is one of our most impactful causes that we participate in. It’s a perfect fit with our focus on improving the lives of children globally. Everyone has the right to an education and we will continue to support this cause to make this dream becomes a reality.
Actavo has also been involved in a number of key charity and community initiatives which include the support of Cherry Orchard Football Club, providing new Herb Gardens for Cherry Orchard Community Gardens, Serve the City, local Schools, Laura Lynn Foundation, Friends of the Coombe, Temple Street Foundation, Pieta House, St Michael’s House, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Special Olympics.