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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Marsh Partner Charities

Under the theme of ‘People and Communities at Risk’, Marsh has established a multi-year partnership with six UK charities, which have been carefully selected to help us make a positive difference to the people, communities and business areas in which we work.

Our 2016 – 2019 charities are:

Apps for Good

At Apps for Good they aim to grow the next global generation of problem-solvers and tech entrepreneurs; young people that learn how to build, market, and launch digital tools to solve problems that they care about, changing their world and challenging the status quo.

Partnering with schools and colleges, they train educators to deliver the programme to students aged 10-18 from a diverse range of socio-economic, ethnic, and gender backgrounds, transforming the way technology is taught in schools and helping young people learn to turn bright ideas into real technology products.

Our support will sponsor the delivery of the course in three schools across the UK, particularly those schools with a higher proportion of students from underprivileged and ethnic minority backgrounds.

The programme will cover for each school a 12-month period, from course revision and continuous professional development (with updated training materials) for teachers during the summer, through to access and support for Expert sessions, help in how to run in-school pitch events, and finally entry into the Awards and a chance to win investment in their app idea.

Business in the Community

Business in the Community is dedicated to tackling a wide range of issues that are essential to creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future. It is a business-led charity with more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business. It currently engages thousands of businesses through our programmes, which are driven by a core membership of more than 800 organisations, from small enterprises to global corporations.

The organisation's help will go a long way to support and guide us in growing our CSR programme, through the use of benchmarking exercises and the agreement of a 12-month roadmap focusing on areas for development and long-term goal setting. It will also allow us to share best practices amongst the industry and to raise our public profile. Meanwhile, our continued membership of the Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) will assist communities across the UK in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies such as flooding, cyber-attacks, and civil unrest.

Help Musicians UK

The UK’s leading independent music charity for 95 years, since 1921, Help Musicians UK has helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long-term difficulties, and enjoy retirement. As well as providing musicians with advice and guidance, it also gives financial and emotional support where it is needed.

Our donation will help the charity to develop their Hearing Campaign; the overall aim of which is to raise awareness of hearing loss and prevention. Our support will allow them to develop the campaign, reach musicians who are in need of audio tests/health checks, and offer hearing aids to those who need them. As it is a small charity, our support will also help to build its presence in the corporate sector and at leading industry events across the UK.

The Centre for Social Justice

At The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), they put social justice at the heart of British politics. Advancing social justice is about identifying the root causes of poverty and providing a way out to those it affects. Our progress in life is often described as a journey up a ladder but, for some people, the very first rung of that ladder is out of reach. They exist to help those people.

Our donation sponsors the annual CSJ Awards – a high-profile annual event celebrating the efforts of more than 350 charities in tackling poverty and social deprivation. It takes place in a prestigious central London venue in front of an audience of senior politicians, opinion influencers, and representatives from the voluntary sector, corporate and individual donors, and invited celebrities.

This year, Marsh will be sponsoring the ‘Marsh Model of Excellence Award’. Charities must be able to demonstrate how their model is exceptional in its sustainability, replicability, and scalability, and outline the process and instruments used to measure impact through qualitative and/or quantitative data. They must explain how their model is replicable and/or scalable, and can be potentially used to help disadvantaged people all over the UK build an independent life and realise their full potential. Once awarded, the CSJ will work with them for the year to help build and grow their charitable work.

The Silver Line

At The Silver Line, they operate the UK’s only free, confidential helpline for lonely and isolated older people, which is available for 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Launched by Dame Esther Rantzen in November 2013, in less than three years it has received nearly one million calls. Over half of callers literally have no-one else to turn to and some call simply to say “Goodnight”. Callers are offered the chance of regular friendship from one of more than 3,000 volunteer Silver Line Friends who make a call or write a letter every week to an older person with whom they have been carefully matched.

Our donation will allow the charity to build an intranet volunteer portal for its existing 7,000 volunteers. Currently, it operates a paper-based system for applications and recording of the volunteers, which is no longer an effective way to work as it moves closer to its target of having 10,000 volunteers sign up by 2018. Without our donation, this is not something it would have been able to accomplish.

Tommy’s

It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, one in four families in the UK still experience the loss of their baby during pregnancy or birth. Tommy's exists to save babies' lives, and is the largest charity to fund research into the causes and prevention of pregnancy complications that lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth. It also provides pregnancy health information for parents-to-be to help more mums and dads through a healthy pregnancy and birth. Tommy’s believes every baby deserves the best start in life and is committed to halving the number of babies that die by 2030.

Our help has allowed the recruitment of a midwife at the charity’s research centre to look into the following two key areas:

  • Research Project A: Investigating whether the analysis of cell-free DNA is of clinical use in evaluating early miscarriage, and should therefore be monitored as an early predictor of miscarriage.
  • Research Project B: Investigating the role of sperm DNA damage in the male partner, for the diagnosis of male causes of recurrent miscarriage.