Our front-line colleagues interact with members of the public every day at shopping centres, hospitals, airports and other locations. We are part of the communities in which we work and we play an active role in local and national initiatives aimed at improving lives.
We're involved in community projects and organisations as diverse as the people who make up our business. From working with orphanages in Asia to helping the homeless of New Zealand and the UK, read about some of our initiatives below.
An agent for change
We established the OCS Foundation, and the PCS Foundation in Thailand, to drive wider social, economic and environmental change, complementing our company CSR activities.Learn more
Investing in people in the UK
In the UK, we support programmes that develop the skills of socially and economically disadvantaged people. At Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham, we provide work placements for students with visual impairments and other disabilities. In East London, we work with Bromley by Bow Centre, a registered charity, to help local people into employment. And our Oldbury colleagues have raised thousands of pounds for St Basils charity, which helps young homeless people in the West Midlands, as well as supporting its local emergency accommodation.
We are passionate about nurturing talent and, for more than 20 years, we have recognised promising young athletes through the OCS Young Sportsperson Awards. In that time, we have awarded over £500,000 in bursaries to more than 225 athletes - including 13 who represented the UK at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.Learn more
Improving outcomes in New Zealand
In New Zealand, we're helping young people who aspire to a university education. We work with First Foundation educational trust to provide scholarships for students with family at OCS, as well as work experience and mentoring. And we've partnered with the Ministry of Social Development and Workbridge, a not-for-profit organisation, to provide vocational training and job placements for people with mental and physical disabilities.
We also support The Salvation Army, Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre and Kiwi Harvest, where we provide free cleaning, hygiene and pest control services, as well as health and safety expertise, to support its mission of redistributing unwanted food.
Grassroots giving in South/South East Asia
From raising money to helping victims of natural disasters, to running activities for disadvantaged children, our colleagues in South and South East Asia play an active part in their communities at a grassroots level.
In Thailand, our team organised cooking and craft classes for children with craniofacial defects. In Malaysia, colleagues cleaned and refreshed a mosque in the month of Ramadan to give back to the local community. And in Cambodia, we took part in the Clean the City campaign.