Part of our decision to create synergy with the clients with whom we work in responsible investment was not just about building partnerships with charities, but more to do with how we create value in those relationships over time.
Before agreeing and committing to the partnerships now in place, we went through a thorough process of talking with numerous charities with whom we could ensure our ability to assist financially, but also with our own time and expertise.
We are proud to have committed to Drive Forward Foundation and Surfers Against Sewage for a minimum time frame of three years so that we may deepen our knowledge of the work they do, and be part of their journey.
Please continue to read below and follow the links in order to learn more about the fantastic work that these organisations undertake and the impact they make to society.
DRIVE FORWARD FOUNDATION
Drive Forward Foundation is a charity working to help care leavers, aged 16-26, to achieve their career goals. Drive Forward exists to find sustainable employment and create relationships with employers specifically for care leavers.
They give young people the practical skills, confidence, opportunities and professional networks to take charge of their futures and live fulfilling lives. Working on a mostly one-to-one basis, they tailor what they do to meet needs and ambitions of each young person.
After training and mentoring, the young people of Drive Forward Foundation can be offered work placements opportunities, internships and paid employment. This is something for which we are keen to contribute and facilitate amongst our clients.
SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life. It was created in 1990 by a group of Cornish surfers from the villages of St Agnes and Porthtowan on the north coast of Cornwall.
Set up as a single-issue campaign group in 1990, Surfers Against Sewage led a nationwide campaign for improved water quality. Their campaign's success was helped by the privatisation of English water companies in the late 1980s and key pieces of EU legislation including the Bathing Water Directive.
In 2012, Surfers Against Sewage was recognised as a national marine conservation charity focused on the protection of waves, oceans, beaches, marine wildlife and coastal communities.