Supporting charities, communities and those in need
We have a decentralised charity partnership approach to enable each of our global businesses and teams to select their own charities, so that they can choose the cause and partners that are the most meaningful to their local teams to support. These range across all themes from environmental protection and wildlife projects to cancer support and mental health and orphanages to child development programmes.
In the UK we also support 6 central charities – one for each of our core themes of Environment, Education, Employment, Health, Disasters and Poverty - through a combination of direct donations from Howden, employee volunteering and support, and employee fundraising and awareness programmes. These run alongside our UK Military and Youth Development programmes - combining volunteering, donations, fundraising and events to help military veterans and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into work.
Volunteering and Fundraising
To support and encourage employees to give back, Howden gives everyone in the Group 2 volunteering days to use each year. Our central Community Impact team organise, drive and inspire volunteering and fundraising activities across the world, especially during our core campaigns. From quiz nights to charity walks, local school maintenance to beach cleans, and bike rides to global adventure challenges – our colleagues continue to give to those in need and inspire each other to get involved.
We have also partnered with Benevity to create a global fundraising and volunteering platform called ‘Group Giving’. This helps employees find ideas and opportunities to sign up for, whilst also acting as a donation platform for our many active fundraising activities around the world.
The Howden Foundation
As a company we have a fundamental belief that a great business takes care of people, communities and the world around us, now and in the future. One of the ways we do this is through our independent corporate foundation.
The Howden Foundation is a registered charity with a mission to protect people against the social and economic effects of climate change. With an approach that mirrors our own DNA, the Foundation funds entrepreneurial and innovative solutions that will save lives, reduce poverty and address underlying inequalities.