Our corporate social responsibility strategy is focused on adding value to the communities in which we live and work. As a long-term sustainable business, we want to do more to maximise the social value that we create which is why our Charity and CSR committees have strived to do even more during 2020 than ever before.
Our culture is based on individual accountability, we encourage our people to support and engage with local activities and charities. We proudly support a diverse range of causes through fundraising, volunteering and local initiatives and this hasn't slowed down because we've been working from home.
Our business is built on the foundation of giving back and helping those less fortunate. We have a dedicated charity committee, For The Greater Good, which helps coordinate our efforts and has continued our full range of fundraising activities despite not being in the office.
Our STEM ambassadors volunteer at schools to teach young people the benefits of studying STEM subjects, whilst showcasing tech career opportunities. We're focussed on inspiring young women; our female engineers and data scientists go to schools, meet ups and events to talk about the benefits of pursuing a career in STEM.
During covid-19 lockdown, we adjusted the way we volunteer and utilised online opportunities to educate and support our community.
World Kindness Day
We surprised staff at the University Hospital of Wales with cupcakes to say thank you and keep their motivation high at this tough time.
Thank you NHS | Diolch GYG!
Storm Dennis caused devastating flooding in South Wales. Over 50 GoCo volunteers joined the flood-relief support team to assist the clean-up operation.
GoCompare provided in-community claims advice, answering insurance questions in local village halls. Financially we supported through skip hire, providing cleaning supplies, protective clothing and other essential goods for families.
Covid-19 NHS community support
We supported Cheers NHS with financial donations to provide NHS staff with free meals during COVID-19, a small way to say thank you to our NHS.
We continue to make donations to local health boards of essential items required by Covid-19 patients and staff.
Black Lives Matter
In June 2020 we worked with the UK’s largest anti-racism charity Show racism the red card who deliver educational workshops to more than 50,000 young people and adults per year.
We also supported UK Black Pride, Europe’s largest celebration for LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent. The organisation held the celebration virtually in 2020.
Distributing devices to those in need
In April 2020, GoCo supported DevicesDotNow, an initiative started by the Good Things Foundation and FutureDotNow. Distributing devices to vulnerable people in our communities who are without any kind of device or internet access was important to us as a tech business; keeping people safe and at home, whilst connecting them with loved ones, online healthcare, shopping and education.
Read more from Ron who received a DeviceDotNow device.
Our Group CEO, Matthew Crummack, ran 26.2 miles dressed as Gio to raise over £45,000 for the NSPCC.
We support a variety of awareness days throughout the year. October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month, we dedicated the month to raising awareness and supporting those impacted by Breast Cancer, including raising £500 by wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Now’s Wear it Pink Day!
Every year our committee raid the toy shops to bring some festive cheer to a local charity, last year we proudly supported Shelter Cymru. We donated pet food to the Battersea Dogs Home and RSPCA Newport, bought gardening tools for Tredegar house community gardens and employees donated coats for Wrap Up London and Wrap Up Newport, distributed to homeless, elderly and refugee charities across the cities. Just some of the ways our employees contribute to our chosen charities in our local communities.