The Liberty Specialty Markets’ CSR programme is wide-ranging, varied and reaches many people and communities, and our employees share my belief that helping our communities to prosper is the right thing to do.
Matthew Moore, President and Managing Director.
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Our strategic, CSR framework is divided into three themes, helping us to focus our activities on these three community based issues where we believe we can make a difference.
In each of these priority areas, we’ve chosen charity partners which offer a good fit in terms of aspiration, ethos and size.
WaterAid is an international organisation whose mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
We launched our partnership with WaterAid in 2015 and have since supported 2 ambitious but potentially life-changing projects. The first, in Madagascar, reached remote rural communities with water, toilets and hygiene education. The current project, located in Rwanda, aims to make clean water, toilets and hygiene a normal part of daily life for all Rwandans.
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In 2018, we launched our inaugural Liberty Specialty Markets Art Award programme, adding an exciting dimension to our current CSR programme. The project supports emerging artists in their transition between art school and the commercial art world.
In partnership with The Slade School of Fine Art and The Art Academy, we are supporting 7 artists in this inaugural year. Graduates are paid to display their work in our London office at 20 Fenchurch Street for one year, and works are available to purchase via an online auction.
Crucially, the project will also incorporate a development programme for the artists, including training sessions, mentoring and workshops. This is in line with our approach to equip the artists with commercial skills with which to build a sustainable career.
In the wider community, we contribute to a number of charities, both through direct donations and by supporting staff who are involved in fundraising.
As well as encouraging our employee to raise money, we also encourage them to give their time and skills to worthwhile causes. In London, we are a member of the Lloyd’s Community Programme (LCP) which aims to build a stronger local community by supporting projects in London’s East End.
Through the LCP, a number of employees from our London office have become reading and number partners with children from a local school in Tower Hamlets, giving up one lunchtime per week/fortnight to visit the school and work with a child to help them develop their reading and number skills.
‘Serve with Liberty’ is our annual Liberty Mutual initiative, encouraging staff to take part in volunteering projects and get involved in practical tasks such as tidying community gardens, painting internal areas of charity/community centres or collecting and sorting food for food banks and soup kitchens.
In 2018, 522 employees from 11 offices spent 2,610 hours volunteering with local projects! That’s 54% of staff, giving almost £40,000 worth of time to help our communities prosper.
We are incredibly proud of our involvement in these schemes, and will continue to encourage our people to participate and contribute. We believe that supporting these projects is the right thing to do.