Australia and New Zealand
OCS New Zealand has partnered with a number of non-governmental and government institutions to help local communities across the country. One such partnership is between OCS New Zealand and First Foundation, an educational trust that assists young New Zealanders with limited financial means to access tertiary education. This venture has provided financial assistance, one-on-one mentoring and paid work experience with OCS Group.
OCS New Zealand has also been working closely with the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development and Workbridge (a not for profit organisation). 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.
OCS Australia has continued to support local recruitment providers working with employees who are undergoing rehabilitation as a result of injury or mental illness, helping them back into the workplace. Moreover, OCS Australia is providing ongoing support for the annual Variety Bash car rally in Western Australia. The car rally requires participants to raise a minimum of $10,000 per vehicle. All funds raised go towards helping sick, disadvantaged or special needs children.
In Australia and New Zealand OCS has developed a partnership with The Salvation Army, an organisation which has supported vulnerable people since its inception in London in 1865. The range of services and programs which The Salvation Army provides fit well with the OCS objective – ‘to support and deliver programs which develop the capacity and skills of socially and economically disadvantaged members of the communities in which we work.’
The Salvation Army operates throughout Australia and New Zealand providing opportunities for staff in all parts of our region to be involved. It also allows us to work on both local and national initiatives to assist those in need. The OCS team in Region 2 provide support to The Salvation Army by volunteering, fundraising, payroll giving, advocacy and work opportunities.
South and Southeast Asia
We have a wide range of CSR initiatives across this diverse region. For example, PCS Thailand run classes for children with craniofacial defects, including painting, cooking and craft classes.
OCS Singapore has also continued to remain engaged and active across the island. Significant events during the year included managing cleaning services for aged care homes, providing entertainment options for elderly residents, and coordinating excursions for the Children Aids Society.
PWB Malaysia organised painting activities at a local orphanage home and other fundraising activities to support natural disaster recovery initiatives in other parts of the world.
In Cambodia OCS has been involved in the ‘Clean the City’ campaign. During the project, we provided general cleaning and garbage collection services throughout downtown Phnom Penh.
In South Asia, PCS Bangladesh continued its support for the Acid Survivors Foundation Hospital. This scheme primarily aims to bridge the gap between acid attack survivors and the general public, as most victims face ostracism and discrimination following such an attack.
PCS Bangladesh contributed to the local community by donating stationery to orphanage schools and sewing machines to vocational training centres, as well as providing assistance for vulnerable girls.
OCS India gave donations to underprivileged schools, financial assistance to aged care facilities and cleaning support to a local orphanage home.
OCS Ireland has maintained its support for both national and local charities that make tangible changes to the lives of people across Ireland.
In Ireland we also support local disadvantaged young people, offering on-the-job training and mentoring in the OCS Security Division. Many trainees have also moved into full-time staff positions at the conclusion of this training.
We were also proud to sponsor Paralympics Ireland during both the London 2012 Paralympics and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Support in 2012 included sponsorship of two athletes; Double Paralympic H1 Champion London 2012, Mark Rohan and double Paralympic athlete Enda Smyth. Enda retired from Paralympics Ireland after the London 2012 Games and became the first Irish Paralympic athlete to be employed by their sponsor. Our commitment to supporting passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) is further enhanced by Enda joining our PRM team at Dublin Airport, as our PRM trainer.
Other support provided by OCS Ireland includes services for passengers with reduced mobility at Cork Airport, first aid training for young people, and local community events.
The OCS Family Foundation
Arising from our desire to take sustainability and CSR further, the OCS Family 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
- 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.
As well as the OCS Family Foundation, we also operate the PCS Foundation in Thailand. The late PCS Chairman, Liam Ayudhkij, established this foundation in 2007 as a means to support the local communities in which OCS Group works within Thailand.
Some of the organisations that have been supported include TBCA, Chulalongkorn Hospital (Princess Srindhorn Craniofacial Center), Camillian Social Center and Satriwittaya School. Through activities such as sport, concerts and charity events, the PCS Foundation continues to raise significant funds to support local communities in need.