In the Spotlight: Giving Back on a Global Scale
BGRS partners with Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. This strategic partnership emanates from BGRS’s larger charitable mission under the corporate social responsibility platform. Nancy Brickwood, Senior Vice President, Human Resources speaks in depth about BGRS’s shared purpose and global philanthropic program In the Spotlight.
What is BGRS’s shared purpose surrounding giving back in support of corporate social responsibility?
Nancy Brickwood: This year we introduced a global platform under which all of our philanthropic partnerships can thrive. I am thrilled that we are focusing on helping the world’s youth reach new horizons. With a unified focus, our employees are empowered to collaborate at the global, regional and local level to support this cause.
The BGRS teams around the world have a long history in their local communities of being generous contributors to the world’s humanitarian causes, and this new purpose continues to encourage and support our employees making an ongoing positive difference in a unified direction and benefiting the future generations.
What is BGRS’s approach to giving back globally?
Nancy: BGRS believes in achieving more through mobility and enabling relocating talent and their families to succeed in new opportunities and places. We help relocating employees and their families find success across the globe. As part of those services, we support children, helping them adapt to new locations. That spirit transcends to our goals to give back globally. Our focus, in the communities where we live and work, is helping children overcome barriers that inhibit their success and in turn help them realize their future goals.
Our team of more than 1,500 global employees volunteer, fundraise and support causes that assure personal achievement through youth development and education programs and help children overcome various challenges that are beyond their control. Every effort is in pursuit of ensuring the world’s children reach their fullest potential.
How do BGRS employees support their local communities?
Nancy: Employees collaborate in their respective offices to work in partnership with organizations in their respective communities that they feel a connection to and are passionate about supporting. Each BGRS office designs coordinated giving and fundraising efforts to make a meaningful impact where they live and work.
Having a defined aim for giving back offers our employees the opportunity to engage at work in a different way, creating a rounded employee experience. Our dedication to youth reflects the culture of BGRS and its values. Our global efforts strengthen our culture and our relationships with each other, while affecting the change we want to see for the next generation.
What are BGRS employees doing today to support children?
Nancy: Each regional office has employees who volunteer, forming a committee to champion the CSR efforts for their location. Additionally, every philanthropic committee has a team leader who liaises with all other leaders in our global offices to share ideas, discuss upcoming events, and support each other in their endeavors. Our employees have banded together deciding to work with various organizations locally that support our shared purpose through efforts they feel especially passionate about.
In addition to supporting the Save the Children organization, we are very excited about the organizations our employees are already working with to make a difference, including:
- Magic Breakfast – addressing the problem of child hunger and malnutrition as a barrier to education by offering a nutritious breakfast to every child in the UK who needs one.
- Gleaners – a community food bank targeting individuals and families who are food insecure.
- The YMCA’s Operation Backpack – collecting backpacks and various school supplies for children in need.
Click here to read more about our efforts to give back globally.