Corporate Social Responsiblity
We have a responsibility to help address the challenges facing our society, which is why our CSR strategy aims to support the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).
Our focus is on our people, our community and the environment. With this in mind, at Cardif Pinnacle, we have chosen three SDG's as core to our CSR agenda:
Our mission is to support the BNPP Group CSR strategy, working with our CSR colleagues and sustainability experts across the UK to help make a difference.
Supporting the local community:
Fareway and Northway Schools were delighted with our recent donation of PCs to support the learning of their school children and responded with the following comment:
"I would firstly like to thank Cardif Pinnacle for their very kind generosity to donate PCs to our Schools.
Both Fairway and Northway Schools have had a challenging year juggling teaching and providing remote learning during the pandemic. Every year budget constraints always effects our IT procurement and ability to refresh what the schools have available, to provide the best teaching environment of our children.
Your donation will go along way to aid our ability to remain ahead of the forever changing digital world."
CARDIF PINNACLE STAFF SUPPORT HERTSMERE MENCAP, as part of the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week - Kindness.
Hertsmere Mencap were calling out for help to raise £500 to support those with learning disabilities within the local community. Many of their members are becoming increasingly lonely and isolated during lock-down - for some, the only contact they receive in the week is when a volunteer from the charity rings them. Some have no internet or smart phones and some cannot read. The charity plan to provide them with activity packs as a really important initiative to keep them engaged.
Staff at Cardif Pinnacle set ourselves this challenge as part of the week's theme of kindness and exceeded it within just 24 hours.
Paul Moser, Chair Hertsmere Mencap said:
"We are overwhelmed by the generosity displayed by Cardif Pinnacle to support people with a learning disability and their families. Lockdown is a particularly challenging time for many of our members, who are feeling increasingly lonely, isolated and anxious. The tailored activities, resources and treats we can now provide, will mean the world to them."
CARDIF PINNACLE DONATES TO GOODS FOR GOOD
Cardif Pinnacle has made a donation to Goods for Good, a local charity, which sends goods donated by businesses and individuals in the UK to vulnerable communities living around the world.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, they have focused all of their efforts on local communities and have been delivering goods to front-line NHS teams, foodbanks, vulnerable people and the homeless.
Among those in need Goods for Good is undertaking to support are:
- NHS front line workers at local hospitals - Delivering, nappies and wet wipes, soap, shower gel, feminine hygiene products, toiletries and food items. Many of these goods are scarce in the supermarkets and often inaccessible to front line workers or they are just too exhausted to go shopping.
- Trussell Trust Foodbanks - Delivering, nappies and wet wipes, soap, shower gel, feminine hygiene products, toiletries and food items. Goods are being supplied by both industry partners and the community.
- Refugee and asylum seekers - Doorstep parcel drops of essentials to individual families in Barnet and surrounding areas. Goods include nappies, toiletries, toilet paper and feminine hygiene goods.
- The homeless - Distributing brand new sleeping bags, to those who are particularly vulnerable at this time.
- National food programme - We are launching a programme to mobilise families to volunteer and donate goods from their larders to their own local foodbanks.
Rosalind Bluestone, CEO at the charity said:
"Thank you so much, your help is fantastic. This donation will mean that we can continue to work TOGETHER with you and reach more people during this time of crisis".
BNP PARIBAS GROUP INCREASES FINANCIAL COMMITMENT TO OVER €50M IN SUPPORT OF HEALTH CRISIS.
BNP Paribas' teams have already provided support through grants to numerous local NGOs in Europe, Asia and Africa, various bank and insurance solidarity funds and research. Actions so far have amounted to €25m, in addition to many other kinds of contributions, including the donation of 3 million masks to hospitals across Europe.
The additional €25m is structured as follows: A hospital support plan, focused on particularly affected countries where the Group has a strong presence (France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal) but also in the rest of Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa.
Actions in favour of vulnerable populations: Support given to NGOs in several countries, providing food aid to the poor, refugees, isolated elderly persons, and women and children who are victims of violence. A specific programme is also implemented to support social and solidarity businesses and microfinance institutions whose clients are in difficulty in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. For disadvantaged youth, assistance to pupils via provision of computers, digital keys and digital inclusion programmes through partner associations in several countries.
Andrew Wigg, CEO of Cardif Pinnacle commented:
"In these unprecedented times, it’s important to stop; reflect and take action to support health workers, the medical sector and those less fortunate than ourselves. I’m proud of the meaningful support BNP Paribas Group is providing to COVID 19 relief. Turning closer to home, last week the BNP Paribas’ UK arm, announced it will provide a further £500k to support disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated people impacted by the virus, in addition to the £500k committed to the Imperial Health Charity."
SARACENS SPORT FOUNDATION 'GET ONSIDE' RUGBY TOURNAMENT - HMP, THE MOUNT
Some of our team took part in Saracens Sport Foundation’s ‘Get Onside’ touch rugby tournament at HMP The Mount, in Bovingdon near Hemel Hempstead, prior to lockdown.
Reoffending rates in the U.K. continue to rise, with 50% of prison leavers reoffending if they leave incarceration with no skills or job prospects. The Get Onside programme has seen a dramatic reduction in this figure with just 15% of participants reoffending since the programme launched in 2011. The Mount is a re-settlement prison, where residents are in the last six months of their sentence, participation in the programme is a fantastic way to help prepare them for life after release.
Since lock-down, with preventing the spread of COVID-19 at the forefront of everyon's minds, prisons across the UK have switched to "essential regime" - meaning that all inmates must stay in their cells for 23.5 hours a day and can receive no visits from families or friends.
To help with the obvious blow this has had to morale and mental health, Saracens Sport Foundation (SSF) have requested support in writing letters to the programme participants- many of whom are due for release soon and are facing a more uncertain future than ever, as the country experiences unprecedented changes.
Some of our staff have responded to SSF's request to write to the inmates in order to be supportive and positive for those whose isolation is even more severe than ours.