Howden Group Foundation
The Howden Group Foundation is one of our proudest achievements – established in 2014 to celebrate and extend the charitable work of our people around the world. As they are at the heart of our work, everyone in the Group gets a voice and a choice in the causes we partner with. By making the Foundation a shareholder in our business we have also ensured that it – and the good work we can do through it – will continue to grow as we do.
As a group, we have six key objectives that we strive to achieve through our charitable work. These are causes we hold close to our hearts, and every one of our initiatives is designed to:
- Relieve sickness
- Relieve poverty
- Relieve disasters
- Relieve unemployment
- Advance education
- Environmental sustainability
We believe in effective altruism: not just giving money to feel good about ourselves, but dedicating our resources to make the greatest possible impact. That’s why we carefully select the organisations we partner with around the world. We want to ensure we are more than just “doing good” - we are doing the very best we can for the most people.
How we work
Our people are passionate about the causes they support, completing hundreds of personal fundraising challenges a year. From climbing mountains to octopus knitting, they give up their spare time to raise money and awareness for charities large and small. We use match-funding to help their efforts go that bit further. The Foundation offers to match up to £750 of donations raised per employee, per year, when they raise money for the charities of their choice.
At key moments throughout the year, the Foundation makes one-off donations to charities supported or selected by our employees. These are sometimes in response to global initiatives like disaster relief or annual awareness-raising events – for example, raising awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week or World Environment Day.
We also offer donation prizes for group-wide competitions and challenges. For example, the winners of our annual Christmas card competition and our Spring Art competition all chose to support local charities.
Alongside our work with local charity partners, we also support global organisations through long-term strategic partnerships. These multi-year relationships link closely with our group CSR strategy to support Education, Entrepreneurship and the Environment, as well as offering our people the opportunity to make an impact through volunteering and fundraising. They also align with Howden Group’s Sustainability Charter, helping us to create a cleaner, fairer, healthier, safer world through our business and charitable work.Strategic Partners
Each year, our people nominate charities for us to support through our Investing in the Community Awards. These are one-off grants of £5,000 for grassroots organisations that are making a big difference in our local communities.
In 2021, we granted seven awards to charities which aligned with either one or more of the CSR strategy’s three E’s, education, enterprise and environment. We distributed the awards across the regions we work in, asking our people around the world to nominate charities they have been supported by or given support to either via fundraising, volunteering or raising awareness. The winning charities are listed below and we are proud to support their work.
Foundation in numbers
Through match-funding, volunteering, grants, and more.
Organised by our employees and CSR champions.
To charities around the world.
Supporting our people’s personal challenges.
How far our donations have reached.
As of 30 September 2021
Matt supports overseas education
The Future Light Orphanage, Cambodia (FLO) received one of the Howden Group Foundation’s ‘Investing in the Community’ awards at a time when local donors could no longer support them, the timing of the award keeping FLO in existence.
FLO provides food, shelter and education to 83 children within Cambodia. They also provide English, Computer and Chinese lessons to 200 children from local communities. Their aim is to ‘bridge the gap’ in terms of financial support while Cambodia recovers from the pandemic as well as providing presentations/lessons to the pupils when we return there. Since the pandemic, they have been able to raise £18,795 via friends, family, matched funding and the ‘Investing in the Community’ award. The challenge continues.
The Time we got Creative
During the first lockdown we put away our laptops and got out our paintbrushes. Employees and their families from all across the globe were encouraged to get creative for a four-week window and submit their artwork.
We had 66 entries across four categories, under six, six to twelve, thirteen to seventeen and eighteen plus. There were 5 winners who were given a £500 donation to a local charity of choice. We had winners from all around the world demonstrating our truly global presence and enabling us to support a range of organisations that were affected by the pandemic.
Reaching India, London to Deli
As covid cases started to drop across the rest of the globe, it was only getting worse in India with cases rising exponentially. At Howden Group Holdings, employees wanted to support from wherever they were based worldwide. We set up a fundraising campaign to raise funds and run the same amount of kilometres between London and Deli by foot or bike.
Over four weeks, employees from all of our global offices came together to donate money towards the India crisis. We raised £7,226 which was split between two Indian charities selected by our Howden India employees, Goonj and Project SAANS, who provide oxygen tanks to hospitals and support rural villages to get access to hospitals and medical care.
Paula Lennon’s O2 climb
This March I climbed the O2 for Mummy's Star, which supported me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer while 16 weeks pregnant with our second child. I have undergone chemo, surgeries and other treatment and take daily medication, but I’m thankfully now in the clear.
The climb was a great opportunity to give back to Mummy’s Star and raise awareness of their fantastic work. With the support of friends, family, colleagues, and the Foundation’s match-funding, I raised £2150 - far more than my £500 target! It means a lot to help a charity so close to my heart.
The Unusual Recital
We were thrilled when world-famous pianist Odelia Sever offered to perform a series of fundraising recitals as part of our Million for a Million campaign. The concerts took place in Turkey, India, and Spain, with performances organised by Howden Group's CSR champions and all proceeds going to our local charity partners in those countries.
The recitals were a huge success. Odelia brought together over 1,000 people in three countries and raised $68,000, which was shared between the Darüşşafaka Society in Turkey, the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, and the Hospitaller Order of San Juan de Dios in Spain.
John O’Groats to London
In just seven days, 30 keen riders cycled the gruelling 800 miles from John O’Groats to London. Five teams competed to reach the finish line fastest – and in the process raised £275,212 for the Foundation.
The money was donated to Hague Primary School in Tower Hamlets and cancer care charity Maggie’s. At Hague Primary, the donation paid for the creation of a creative art, science, and family learning space. The donation to Maggie’s contributed to the construction of Maggie’s Centre at St Bart’s Hospital, where patients, carers and families are supported through cancer diagnosis and treatment.