AGILITY CSR IN AFRICA
In teams and as individuals, Agility employees around the world are supporting African communities where targeted efforts offer the chance to make a big difference in education, health and the environment. The company matches most of these efforts with dollar-for-dollar donations.
For example, in Sierra Leone, Agility Middle East employees provided financial support to the All as One Children’s Center, which feeds, cares for and educates 100 orphaned and abandoned children.
“Agility has been rapidly growing its commercial and investment portfolio in Africa,” says Frank Clary, Agility’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). “We are simultaneously developing and implementing a broad CSR strategy that will promote education, facilitate employment, and develop local prosperity.”
Martin Sequin of Agility Switzerland raised enough money to pay the annual salary of a World Wildlife Fund forest ranger in Madagascar, plant 180 fruit trees and provide needed seeds for other plants. In the village of Tienfala, Mali, where Agility DGS France was working on a waste-treatment project, Agility provided hygiene products and instructional materials, along with high-quality surplus mosquito netting, tents and sustainment equipment.
In 2014 students at Camp Kenya in Kwale, Kenya started the school year with backpacks, pencil cases, badges and other supplies sent by Agility Fairs & Events UK employees. Agility Tasmania in Australia worked with Care for Africa to move a container of donated medical and school supplies to King’ori Primary School in Tanzania.
In North Africa, Agility employees have been just as active. Agility Egypt employees refurbished five schools in the city of El Fayoum, distributing books and supplies, installing water treatment equipment, providing new computers and windows, donating playground equipment and preparing first aid kits. Agility UK’s Eve Allen recently returned from Morocco, where she worked with orphans and the homeless, and donated food, arts and crafts materials, games and toys to children in need.
Since 2007, Agility UK and Spain have partnered with the Great Football Giveaway, a non-profit organization, to finance the logistics and transport to send thousands of footballs, netballs and pumps to poor children in Angola, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The equipment has gone to schools, orphanages, community centers, refugee camps and youth centers.
Clary says Agility’s long-term social investments in Africa will focus on areas intended to boost economic growth and prosperity through community-level education initiatives. In Africa, Agility frequently partners with non-governmental organizations supporting elementary education and professional, technical and vocational training.
“We realize this isn’t a one-way thing. Agility benefits by strengthening ties with local communities and government entities, building capacity to run our business, and generating future demand for goods and services. Plus our employees get to make a positive impact on peoples’ lives, and this makes a big difference to Agility and to those who benefit from our employees’ engagement. It’s a win-win for everyone when Agility operates anywhere.” Clary says.