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We encourage our staff to play an active role in the communities they work in, for instance by supporting participation in local volunteering activities.
We also invest in good causes that are aligned with our own culture and values and those that help children and students maximise their talents. Each year the Group allocates a global budget to match staff donations to international charities for specific causes. In the past years we have collected and donated funds for the fight against Ebola, the appeal for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the tsunami in Japan, the Sichuan earthquake in China and for research on neuroendocrine tumours.
We make donations to various local charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society and Brainwave initiative in the UK and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in different locations.
Examples of our local community affairs and charity engagement:
We support The Great Art Quest, a UK-wide project designed to introduce primary school children to art and to their local art galleries, often for the first time in their education.
The Great Art Quest is a partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, one of the Prince of Wales’ charities. The Foundation is an educational charity that believes children’s lives should be enriched through access to the arts. World-renowned artists including Quentin Blake, Anthony Gormley and Gavin Turk have given their support to The Great Art Quest.
We are a corporate member of the Royal Academy of Arts and also sponsor the Royal Academy Schools, which is an independent institution that offers the only three-year, full-time postgraduate course in fine art in the UK.