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ISG - partnership with CARE International

The International Disaster Relief Award, supported by the UK Department for International Development, Shortlisted 2015, Reaccredited 2016.

ISG have formed a strategic partnership with CARE International through which they provide funding and construction expertise, and supported the emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Social impacts

  • ISG have provided £50,000 to fund an additional Shelter Advisor in CARE’s Emergency Shelter Team, allowing the charity to increase the reach of their relief work.
  • ISG’s employee fundraising has provided shelter kits for 300 families, with a target of 5,000 kits during the course of the partnership.
  • A senior ISG staff member was seconded to the Philippines to provide support on health and safety improvement in construction techniques and the structure of emergency shelters.

Business benefits

  • ISG staff value working for a company that focuses on responsible business and are proud to be playing a part in making a difference.
  • The “every1 can make a difference” campaign united employees across the company in a common goal, leading to increased business cohesion.
  • A joint press release on the partnership was picked up by twelve media agencies, with New Civil Engineer featuring a story on ISG's pro bono support.

ISG logoConstruction firm ISG began working with CARE International as their charity partner in 2014. Their main area of focus was CARE’s humanitarian work in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

ISG provided volunteering and pro bono support, sharing their skills and expertise in a variety of areas from health and safety to marketing and HR. This included a secondment of a senior staff member to the Philippines to support on health and safety procedures in shelter construction as well as the design of the shelters themselves. Recommendations as a result of this secondment could shape the way CARE and other humanitarian organisations approach health and safety in shelter work.

The company also fundraises for CARE’s emergency shelter and reconstruction work, including direct funding from the business for a CARE Shelter Advisor, and employee fundraising to provide shelter kits.

What ISG's CEO said:

"I am proud of our partnership with CARE International, an organisation that is at the forefront of providing urgent relief to those in desperate circumstances across the globe. A key element of our 2020 Sustainability Vision, our partnership focuses on supporting CARE’s emergency shelter team via our core skills in construction and our industry-leading approach to health and safety. CARE was selected as our partner through a democratic process whereby all our employees were given the opportunity to nominate a charity. Through our regular employee surveys, we know that our people greatly value working for a company that focuses on responsible business and are proud to be playing our part in making a difference." - David Lawther, CEO