Our target is to contribute 0.1% of profits to nominated international charities and a further 0.1% of profits to local charitable causes around the world. Local charity committees at each of our sites support charitable causes that are important to them locally with volunteer work, fundraising and donations. Local teams are empowered and encouraged to decide how to distribute funds and support their local communities.
In addition to these local charitable and community activities, Rotork has reviewed its support to major charities this year to ensure they are aligned to our own business activities. We support three major charities - Pump Aid, WeForest and Renewable World.
Pump Aid’s mission is to achieve lasting positive change in poor and rural communities by improving the quality, availability and use of water through training local entrepreneurs. They use simple but effective pumps to provide access to safe water, child-friendly toilets and handwashing stations. They ensure sustainability by supporting and training communities so that they can maintain these new facilities. Rotork’s contribution will help to install more pumps and will support pre-school nursery and community programmes.
£24,000 Contributed to Pump Aid
Through a partnership with WeForest, Rotork is supporting the construction of natural infrastructure solutions in Ethiopia to halt desertification and secure water resources for 18,000 families. Over the next 10 years this will involve the planting and conservation of 49 million trees, digging water harvesting infrastructures and the deployment of ambitious schemes in 14 rural villages, transforming the lives of communities. As the seedlings grow, the roots bind the soil to reduce erosion, improving soil health. WeForest works with farmers to build dams, micro-basins and water harvesting ponds to retain rainwater, improve infiltration and increase water access.
£20,000 Contributed to WeForest
Renewable World alleviates poverty in the developing world through the installation of community-owned renewable energy systems. Projects provide clean energy to improve crop yields, enable communication and trade and support the growth of new businesses. Education is improved as children can study in the evenings, and schools can open later for adult education. Affordable energy improves health through the use of clean lighting and cooking sources, and because clean water can be pumped direct to households.
£30,000 Contributed to Renewable World
Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK
We continue to support the Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK in building a new Cancer Unit via their Forever Friends Appeal. This year we donated £14,000 to bring our donation to £50,000 in total.