People and community
As a global responsible business with strong values and a rich history, we place huge importance on our cohesive CSR programme. Family values and ethos have been behind the success of OCS since its beginnings in 1900. Today, our business has the scale and commitment to make a significant and positive contribution to the communities in which we work.
We know that someone’s social or economic background can have a huge impact on their ability to reach their full potential. That’s why we support and deliver programmes that develop the capacity and skills of socially and economically disadvantaged people in the communities in which we work.
The issues we’ve chosen relate to who we are. OCS employs more than 4,000 people across the New Zealand from diverse backgrounds.
Examples of our work include:
Job placement programmes
We work with the NZ Ministry of Social Development and Workbridge (a not for profit organisation), primarily in Christchurch. This partnership has a specific focus on securing vocational training and job placement assistance for the long-term unemployed and individuals with mental or physical disabilities.
The Salvation Army partnership
OCS in New Zealand is proud to support The Salvation Army, with a range of initiatives and fund-raisers for the charity in communities around the country.
With more than 4,000 staff working from our 24 branches around New Zealand, we are proud to put our support behind a charity organisation that makes a big difference in each of those communities.
Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre
OCS New Zealand supports iconic Wairarapa wildlife centre, Pukaha Mount Bruce, to sustain their restoration programme which will help to continue to ensure the centre achieves positive outcomes for endangered species including the Kiwi, Kokako and Kaka. We are delighted to support this strong community project in line with our own community values.
OCS First Foundation Scholarship
OCS New Zealand partners with educational trust, First Foundation, to provide tertiary scholarships for underprivileged students. OCS partnered with First Foundation in 2014 to provide a scholarship exclusively for students within the families of our staff.
OCS provides these scholarships for aspiring students within the families of our staff who may not have the opportunity to pursue their aspirations without additional funding. Our scholarship also goes beyond financial support to arm our scholars with the skills and knowledge for a successful career through work experience across the business and a mentor from their field of study.
In 2015, a rubbish bin audit found New Zealand households were wasting an estimated $872million of food every year. Each month, KiwiHarvest delivers 20,000kgs of food to more than 115 community groups, and this year they aim to collect and distribute more than 360 tonnes of food. OCS New Zealand is now assisting them in this mission, by providing free cleaning, hygiene and pest control services, as well as the expertise of their Health and Safety team to provide a risk assessment of KiwiHarvest's operation.
The OCS Foundation
Arising from our desire to take sustainability and CSR further, the OCS Foundation has been established as an agent for positive social, economic and environmental change.
The Foundation shares the same family and corporate values at our business, and has two aims:
- To build the capacity and skills of people in socially and economically disadvantaged communities, and
- To protect and improve the environment
The Foundation supports research and initiatives related to these themes, and which contribute to positive changes in policy and practice.
The Foundation's work complements, but is not a substitute for, CSR activities in the Company.
The Foundation will seek collaborations with other foundations and relevant organisations. It will work initially in the UK, and will engage internationally in the future.
As a UK registered charity, the Foundation is a separate entity and is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is currently building a strategy for the Foundation to complement the broader CSR footprint of the Group.
Please note that we are not in a position to respond to unsolicited requests for support.