Ipes has recently been recognised for its community involvement in the Corporate Intl Special Global Awards 2010. The firm has been named as the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Firm of the Year in the Channel Islands.
The award, which is affiliated with the finance industry publication Corporate Intl, recognises those firms that have done ‘that little bit extra’ to demonstrate environmental and social awareness.
Managing Director for Ipes in Guernsey, Michal Davy says, “As a Guernsey founded company Ipes seeks to play an active role in supporting the local community through a diverse range of initiatives. In addition to financial support, our staff members like to get involved both through taking part and through coming up with new ideas. It’s great to see what we’re doing is making a difference locally and getting recognition further a field.”
Diverse community programme
Over the course of 2010, the firm has undertaken a number of community focused activities.
These have included the launch of a bursary scheme which has provided financial support and work experience to two local students starting university this term and its ongoing sponsorship of the World Aid Walk, which enables all the money raised by walkers to go directly to the event’s charities (Action Aid, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Oxfam and the Tumaini Fund).
2010 saw the walk raise more than £30,000 a record in the walk’s 40 year history and more than 1000 islanders took part.
One of Ipes’ other Community initiatives was helping a local Primary School purchase new play equipment. Ipes sponsored the school’s swimarathon which enables all the funds raised by the children to go towards the play equipment.
Adding these funds, to funds already raised by the School and a donation from Ipes, the School brought a new Pirate Ship Climbing Frame for pupils to use.
Head Teacher, Jacqui Williams says “The children are absolutely delighted with the new addition to their playground and we’re so grateful to Ipes who helped us complete our project.”
“The School Council were involved in choosing the new climbing frame and it’s been so popular we’ve had to draw up a timetable to avoid overcrowding.” Mrs Williams concludes.