IQ, our intelligence, helps us to think. But EQ which is more instinctive, helps us to live and work together. When both work together positive things can really start to happen.
At IQ-EQ we believe in people. We believe that people, with a real understanding of one another’s needs, can achieve things that individuals working alone, no matter how intelligent, couldn’t even dream of.
Our CSR focus
Act with Integrity
At IQ-EQ we care for our planet and the communities where we live and work and so do our people. Together we strive to create a positive difference in people’s lives now and into the future. Our focus is on;
- Community involvement
We believe in diversity and inclusion. We work together to fulfil our responsibilities to the societies and communities in which we live and work.
We recognise that access to education is not a given for every child in the world and want to play an active part in providing education and hope for the future for children in underprivileged areas of the world.
We are committed to making improvements to the management of our environmental impact on our planet.
Make it happen
Our people work collaboratively to solve problems and create solutions, they are the driving force behind many of our CSR initiatives. Across our organisation our people are actively involved in their local communities and passionate about championing specific causes.
At IQ-EQ we encourage Group, jurisdictional and individual employee initiatives which “give something back” to the local communities in which we operate, whether by way of time, effort or a financial contribution.
Do it together
The charities we support are often nominated by our own people, either locally or at a Group level many of whom are actively involved in fundraising at a local level.
Our chosen charities for this year across all four corners of our Group are;
We support education across Africa to improve lives. In just eight years, PEAS has become one of the leading providers of non-state secondary education on the African continent. It has a vision of a world where all children can enjoy an education that unlocks their full potential. Education should not end at the age of 11. Today, 72 million African children are missing out on secondary education, and the chance to change their lives. All girls and boys should get access to the opportunities a secondary education brings. At IQ-EQ we are fortunate to have an extremely talented and well educated workforce. Supporting PEAS allows us to help provide the same education to others.
We support vulnerable young people through innovative social programmes. Nyaka educates, empowers, and transforms vulnerable and impoverished communities in Uganda. Over 1.1 million children in Uganda have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Since 2001, Nyaka’s innovative program has been empowering over 7,000 grandmothers to care for about 43,000 grandchildren through a comprehensive approach to community development, education, and healthcare. It also operates high-quality schools that provide education and access to health and nutritional services to children and youth from preschool through university.
Hope For A Child
We help children lead healthier and happier childhoods. Hope for a Child raises awareness and funding to change the lives of children in East Africa. The charity works to positively improve the lives of some of the lowest income families in the world. With nearly half of Malawi’s population under the age of 15 the charity‘s work benefits the children and the nation as a whole.
We help young people to have access to education so that in later life they can achieve economic independence. REACH enables disadvantaged Vietnamese young people to access economic opportunities and employment through targeted vocational training, professional skills training and career placement services.
Candidates are identified through a recruitment process that focuses on finding young people who are unable to access training programs because of economic and/or social barriers. These can consist of lack of education or prohibitively high costs to access and attend school, or other causes of youth marginalisation such as trafficking, HIV status, or difficult social and familial circumstances. Young people graduating from the programme are more likely to find employment, increase their earnings and find stable long term employment.
We support community food initiatives such as Food Angel which provides food to those in need. Food Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program launched in 2011 by the Bo Charity Foundation with the mission of “WASTE NOT, HUNGER NOT.” The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry in Asia that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items are prepared as nutritious hot meals in Food Angel’s central kitchen and redistributed to serve underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.
The Food Bank Singapore
We support community food initiatives such as the Food Bank Singapore who acquire donated food, much of which would otherwise be wasted, from farms, manufacturers, distributors, retail stores, consumers, and other sources. The Food Bank Singapore makes this food available to those in need through a network of member beneficiaries. It has a long term vision to be the prevailing centralised coordinating organisation for all food donations and to play a key role in the reduction of food wastage within the whole supply chain.
We support vulnerable young people through our support of Parrainage Inde an organisation which sponsors the education, health and protection of children in the impoverished region of Pondicherry in India.
Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
We support health care in our communities. Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke has a mission to prevent chest, heart and stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland and to care for those already affected. It has a vision of a Northern Ireland free from chest, heart and stroke illnesses.
We help people in our local communities have enough to eat. City Harvest is dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New-Yorkers facing hunger. City Harvest collected 55 million pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and delivered it free of charge to 500 community food programmes across the city in 2018.
Beyond helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest takes a long-term approach to fighting hunger by partnering with residents, local organisations and businesses through Healthy Neighbourhoods programmes which increase the availability of affordable fruits and vegetables in low-income communities.