UW is committed to making a difference to the environment
Working with Charities Trust, the UW Foundation ensures that UW is committed to making a difference to the environment and within local communities. Decisions regarding which charities to support are underpinned by the things that UW customers, Partners and employees feel most passionately about.
At the Company’s virtual Express Day earlier in the year, UW Partners voted in favour of supporting Plastic Oceans UK. Since this original decision, the health crisis caused Team Purple to focus their charitable activities on raising £30,000 for NHS Charities Together. Moving forwards and from 1st October 2020, the UW Foundation will now focus on matched pound-for-pound fundraising for Plastic Oceans UK. This means that as UW Partners and employees embark on charitable fundraising activity, so the UW Foundation will effectively double the ‘pot’.
UW and ‘Team Purple’ have always been involved with fundraising
As a people focused business, UW and ‘Team Purple’ have always been involved with fundraising. Charities supported by UW have included Mind and Macmillan Cancer Support, with every pound raised by staff and UW Partners being matched with a pound direct from UW.
The UW Foundation has also pledged to plant 100,000 trees, which will ‘save’ 20,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide – equivalent to the carbon dioxide used by 2,000 homes.
Who are Plastic Oceans UK?
Plastic Oceans UK started in 2009 to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans – inspiring people to make real-life positive changes to prevent ocean plastic pollution. Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year which causes great harm to marine ecosystems.
Plastic Oceans UK are experts on plastic pollution. Their award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean was named by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time”.
“We have to act. We have to act now to try and clear up some of the appalling damage we have made to the ocean … and that is going to require positive action” – Sir David Attenborough