We are an ethical company that takes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very seriously
We are one of a growing number of businesses in the UK who believe that companies have a responsibility to contribute to society.
We are a company that ‘gives back’ and this is a very important part of our motivation in doing the work we do. The greater our success, the more we can give. We hope that through our example more companies will integrate corporate responsibility into their business models, changing and enhancing the way they do business. We take great pride in the difference we make to the lives of others.
Here are some of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects:
Time Trade for Bromley Dementia Support Hub
A wise man once said:
“To say, I don’t have time is like saying I don’t want to” Lao Tzu
As a company we have decided to flip this concept and change its very outlook to:
“I want to do that – I’ll make the time”
Time Trade – Doing the right thing, for the right reasons
For one day every three months, we exchange our working day for a “Time Trade” day – offering our time and support in any way needed to our chosen charity. We see our Time Trade not only as a valuable investment to our community but it’s also a unique opportunity which enables us to do something inspiring as a team outside of the office environment.
By understanding and making this simple change we realised how easy it would be to make a difference to the things that really matter to those around us locally. By donating our time, we are able to support our chosen charity in a way that we believe means more than just money.
In 2017, we are supporting Bromley Dementia Support Hub. The London Borough of Bromley has the highest number of Dementia sufferers out of all of the London Boroughs, so by donating our time we will help build a greater understanding of Dementia within our local community and by reporting about our experiences through social media, we hope to inspire other businesses and individuals to take up similar schemes to promote the importance of ‘giving back’ to charities in our local area.
After all promoting Local is at the very core of what we do.
Entrepreneur, Bali, Indonesia
The problems encountered by entrepreneurs in developing countries are immense. Poverty and lack of resources can prevent people achieving their true potential.
We support a budding entrepreneur in Bali whose determination to build a thriving business against all the odds impressed us immensely. Ketut is from a poor farming background and has a wife and three children to support. Impoverished and uneducated, Ketut started his working life as a street cleaner and housekeeper in a hotel. Despite these disadvantages he aspired to run his own business so that he could look after his family.
Ketut worked hard, taught himself English by watching films on TV, and learned computer skills in Bali’s internet cafes. Throughout the years of hard work he was sustained by his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
He decided that with the new skills he had learned and his first-hand knowledge of the beautiful island of Bali he should establish his own courier and guided tour business. The problem, as is common in many developing countries, was that it was difficult for Ketut to find the capital he needed to invest in marketing. So Make Me Local committed to support him by providing pro-bono work, helping him to build a website.
We are proud to see Ketut’s ‘little taxi business’ go from strength to strength. And due to the support provided by Make Me Local, he can now support his family. We hope that he might be in a position to offer employment to others on the island in years to come.
ChildAid to Russia and the Republics
ChildAid to Russia and the Republics is a small, Bromley-based charity that works with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.
Founded in 1973, ChildAid has worked tirelessly to support people in this turbulent region by providing social welfare to the most vulnerable families and their children. The charity supports a variety of services, in the region including:
• supporting children and young people living with disabilities;
• providing inclusive education for children with disabilities;
• providing vocational and independent living skills training for social orphans;
• providing free therapeutic paediatric healthcare.
The work they do provides vital support for more than 1,200 children and young people and their families, and we are proud to be able to support this vital cause by making a donation each month.