Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
The Crown difference
Demonstrating our commitment to the well-being of the communities in which we operate is one of the core philosophies of the Crown Worldwide Group. We believe in being good corporate citizens and taking responsibility for the impact we make on the developing and mature societies where we operate.
The Crown Worldwide Group has been serving the international business community for more than four decades. Having operations in many of the developing countries of the world has given us the opportunity to experience their social development first-hand.
Many of our staff members live in the developing nations of the world and are the same people who have built Crown to what it is today. Crown’s management, as well as its global staff, have a unique and personal understanding of how our business activities affect the societies in which we operate.
Our role in corporate responsibility is not only recognised but is also critical to the culture of our organisation. Through a dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort, the company remains committed to its community outreach programs and to continuously reducing its impact on the environment.
Charity in Motion
Helping local communities in need has been part of Crown’s culture for decades. This is driven by the inherently global and human nature of Crown’s relocation business and by the personal passion of Chairman Jim Thompson. The company has provided services, funds and volunteers to a broad range of causes around the globe. Today, taking action to help local communities is one of the company’s five fundamental corporate commitments.
Crown’s chosen charity in the United Kingdom during 2013 is Brain Tumour Buddies (BT Buddies). Founded in March 2009, BT Buddies is a national charity committed to providing information and support to anyone affected by a high grade brain tumour.
What is a high grade brain tumour?
High grade brain tumours are normally graded 3 or 4 under the World Health Organisation's criteria. The cells are examined under a microscope, and the more abnormal the cells look, the more quickly the brain tumour is likely to grow and the higher the grade.
Brain Tumour Buddies aim to:
• Provide information, support and assistance directly or indirectly to people affected by a primary or secondary brain tumour
• Advance the education of: the public in particular but not exclusively, patients, their families, carers and medical professionals about all areas relating to primary and secondary brain tumours
• Any other charitable purpose for the benefit of children with brain tumours, childhood cancer and similar conditions as the trustees see fit
• Fund research into high grade brain tumours
16,000 people each year in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour, and more people under 40 die from a brain tumour than from any other cancer. With more than 120 different types of tumour, brain tumours are a notoriously difficult disease to diagnose, and have recently overtaken Leukaemia as the most common malignancy and cause of death in children. However, in spite of this, brain tumour research receives less than 1% of cancer research spending in the UK.
Donations and fundraising support from the community will enable BT Buddies to continue providing this level of information and support to those in need. Crown is proud to support BT Buddies and employees from across the UK and Ireland already have plans underway for a number of fundraising activities throughout the year to support this cause. Cycling, walking, running and a variety of local events such as lunches, quizzes and raffles are just some of the ways Crown staff will be raising money to support this worthy cause.
Crown Relocations has been awarded the Environment Accreditation ISO14001:2004, a standard recognised worldwide and awarded to organisations who demonstrate awareness and reduction of any activities that impact on our environment. Crown was one of the first international relocation companies to take on this challenge and, by encouraging suppliers and partners, hopes to make an impact on the growing threat of global warming.
Just some of the actions we’re taking in order to achieve this are:
- Recycling of all cardboard, paper blankets, paper-based packing materials, timber, office paper and drinking cans
- Use of paper-based packing materials wherever possible instead of oil-based materials such as bubble wrap
- Advanced driver training to encourage better driving skills, which results in less use of fuel
- A fleet management programme to include strict guidelines on vehicle emissions
- Promotion of correspondence by email rather than hard copy wherever possible
- Archiving of files electronically and any paper from original files is shredded and recycled.
In addition, Crown Relocations UK has partnered with Plant a Tree Today (PATT), a registered UK charity working with communities around the world, since 2008. PATT Foundation work to combat climate change and provide economic, social and environmental sustainability through community based forestry projects in developing countries. Crown has managed to offset almost 5000 metric tons of carbon through the Foundation so far, which has resulted in the planting of more than 7500 trees in Thailand.
In 2011 Crown donated over £10,000 to PATT, which was used to fund the Khao Yai Forest Restoration Project in Thailand. This project aims to restore the forest and biological diversity of the area, and not only assists with conservation efforts in the region (such as providing increased habitat for wildlife and preventing erosion) but also reduces the impact of climate change globally through re-forestation. At the same time, it benefits rural Thai communities, as money is earned by the villagers in exchange for planting, protecting and maintaining the trees. This will provide ongoing benefits for the community as a whole, both for now and future generations.
In 2012 Crown donated just over £5000 to PATT to continue funding of this project. It is estimated that through the planting of up to 2500 new native Thai trees, approximately 1450 tonnes of CO2 in total were absorbed in 2012.
If you’d like to find out more about the work done by PATT, please check out their website.
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