Agility Bangladesh supported the Gulshan Literacy Program by setting up internet connection, donating laptops and photocopiers, and training teachers on how to administer online training programs to 500 students practicing distant learning due to COVID-19.
Since 2016, the Agility Bangladesh team has partnered with the Gulshan Literacy Program, targeting 500 unprivileged children attending local schools. Through this program, 12 Agility volunteers usually contribute their time to offer students in two different schools lessons in English, general knowledge, and computer skills. The volunteers would visit each school four hours a week over the course of three months, during the semester; and have reached more than 2,500 students since the start of the program.
The Gulshan Literacy Program is built on the principle of equal access to education for all slum-children and is dependent on donor funds. This partnership aligns with Agility’s vision of creating long-term partnerships to benefit children’s lives through equal opportunity education.
Agility USA employees enrolled in a giving program where they pledge to donate to one or all of three selected charity partner organizations including Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Since 2018, donations went to support the charity partners in their efforts to help those in need of assistance through their various programs, including, PVA’s Veterans Career Program, and vocational rehabilitation counseling. St. Jude continues to provide free treatment, travel, housing and food to all their patients and their families, and WFP provides meals to those with the greatest needs; collectively reaching more than 17,000 individuals since the start of the donation program.
Students with no other access to computers to continue their education use the organizations’ resources to complete their coursework. Agility Colombia donated 15 desktops to the organizations to support the students’ education.
Agility also supported the Nueva Vida foundation in 2019 with 13 desktops, and provided the organization with funding to purchase essential items for the students’ families, more than 600 individuals, during a COVID-19 related lockdown in 2020.
Since 2019, Agility Sri Lanka has worked with the Sri Lankan Army to support the refurbishment of a school that hosts 174 students in a remote northern village that houses internally displaced persons.
The team started by hiring a construction crew to rebuild the school’s washroom facility and added water filters for clean drinking water. In 2020, they started to build a classroom and computer lab, outfitted the room, repaired and purchased nine computers, and installed Wi-Fi routers.
The students were previously learning outdoors, with only the shade of a tree to shield them from the sun and heavy rains, and would miss a lot of school days due to the shifting weather. The Sri Lankan Army takes on many similar projects to support the community and Agility Sri Lanka has been a major asset in contributing to the success of this incredible initiative.
Agility’s Paperless Branch initiatives involved the implementation of an integrated document management system, which provides a central repository for all job-related documents. This isn’t just good for the tracking and fidelity of job information, as well as operational efficiency, it’s also good for the environment.
An average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, and nearly 50% of that ends up in the trash. Implementation of the system in three of our offices, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Penang, has reduced our demand for paper by almost one million sheets per year; the equivalent of over 100 trees. In the Barcelona branch, the implementation of the system led to a monthly reduction in paper usage by more than 70%.
Agility offices across the globe have joined the Waste-Free Agility campaign to eliminate the use of single-use plastic water bottles and paper coffee cups. The Waste-Free Agility campaign calls on our facilities to meaningfully reduce or eliminate an important waste stream through changes in behaviour.
For example, at Agility’s offices in Mumbai, guests were given small plastic water bottles. Much of the water ended up going to waste, so our team there started to use glasses and a carafe, which reduced waste of water, and entirely eliminated the single-use plastic bottles. Unused drinking water is recycled for cleaning purposes as well. While it did require a change in behaviour, managers across India were enthusiastic to jump on board, and the elimination of single-use plastic bottles has become a country-wide trend for Agility.
Other Agility offices in Brazil, Italy, Singapore, the US and Australia also are leading the way in the elimination or significant reduction of the use of plastic water bottles, paper coffee cups, or other single-use materials. We’re aiming for 100% office participation!
Over the last decade, Agility USA has raised over USD$3.3 million for disabled veterans. Since 2008, Agility USA has organized the Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open Day to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Donations are used to help disabled veterans pursue meaningful careers. PVA uses the funds to provide free, one-on-one counseling and support to any veteran, family member or caregiver. It also offers assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans.
The Agility India team spent some time with a local school and distributed notebooks and school supplies to over 900 underprivileged students. In addition, Agility has also helped fund a night school that has helped educate over 300 students. Local Agility team members also volunteer as tutors to help teach these students important IT skills.