Charity Partnerships and Bursary
Our employees are enthusiastic supporters of many charities and voluntary organisations and we see it as important that as a business we support this. We take a group wide approach to our philanthropic activities with group wide charity partners who are selected based on their impact, relevance to our priority themes and to our employees. We also have a local bursary, directed by the assets to enable them to support the most relevant organisations for their region. The allocation of these local bursaries are guided by a set of priorities as outlined below.
Every two years Hammerson selects two charity partners to work with. These are selected on the basis of a staff vote. A short list, developed from staff suggestions, is drawn up and the short listed charities are invited in to present at a breakfast meeting. The staff are all then invited to vote and the two winning charities are announced.
The selected charities receive a cash donation but, more importantly, an opportunity to develop a relationship with the business and our employees.
Staff are incredibly supportive of this process and feel a real sense of engagement with the charities selected. We feel that having a two year relationships gives sufficient time to develop a really productive working relationship. We are encouraged to fund raise for the charity in a variety of ways from bake sales to marathons.