Our CSR champions are the driving force behind our charity efforts and support the incredible programmes and initiatives at SThree.
They combine both their day to day job and CSR to make sure our charity efforts are valuable, timely and that they make a difference.
Today is International Charity Day and to celebrate we spoke with three of our CSR Champions from across the globe to see how they’re supporting charity partners alongside their day jobs and what it means to them to be a CSR champion.
Global HR Policy Manager, London, Toyin Julius
I’ve been at SThree for eight years and was recently nominated by London based charity City Gateway for an Advancing Women Award for my work helping with their women’s project. Another of my achievements was supporting the London CSR committee with their international lunch for International Women’s Day which helped to raise over £1000 for SOS Children’s Villages, which went towards SOS Mother and Aunt training in Cambodia.
As a CSR Champion, I help to develop CSR initiatives for the London offices and champion CSR through our HR function too which impacts others and gives me a real sense of achievement.
Currently I’m heavily involved with the Powerlist Foundation, a charity our CEO Gary Elden is a trustee for and we’re developing SThree’s CSR events for the next quarter.
Recently I worked on a project with young people who have achieved so much already with their life. It’s really inspiring me to help them on their journey. It is hard work fitting in CSR with my day job but I definitely think it’s something you don’t mind dedicating your time to because of what you get out of it at the end.
Office Administrator and Travel Coordinator, Singapore, Huzie Jasni
I joined SThree 11 months ago and my role as CSR Champion is to ensure funds are transferred to the appointed charity in a timely manner. I help with the coordination of logistics such as the JP Morgan Run 2016 registration and T-Shirt printing. I’ve always wanted to give time to volunteering since I was in school where I supported charity efforts as part of my local school programme.
I’m incredibly proud to be able to combine my career and be a CSR champion and to get involved in charity work without jeopardising my career ambitions. At SThree I’ve had the opportunity to combine my time with both office management and CSR coordination.
At the moment I’m part of a small team trying to identify a local SOS Children’s Villages project which can unite all or our APAC colleagues across the region. It’s been challenging to find the right initiative that everyone can get behind, but I’m hopeful we’re nearly there now!
Assistant to Executive Vice President and Office Manager, San Francisco, Gianna Burns
For nearly one year, I’ve been delighted to connect our office to the local community and to SThree’s global CSR initiatives and fundraising efforts. I love our people and enjoy helping them in their careers and expanding the scope of my professional relationship with my colleagues.
Being a CSR champion and growing my career in San Francisco is hugely important to me as I believe they fuel each other. Working in both capacities allows me to switch up my thought process and think outside the box to connect my roles sensibly and creatively. As I’m the assistant to the Americas EVP, I work with more than 60 sales employees on a daily basis. I know that I have a huge opportunity to reach a significant population of employees and help foster a relationship between their careers and our local community, as well as assist on our partnership with SOS Children’s Villages Illinois.
I am currently focused on promoting our volunteer days by providing more opportunities for employees to use their recruitment skills to make an impact in our community. I’m proud to have helped set up opportunities for SF employees to use their annual volunteer days with New Door and Year Up, two local charities that help prepare at-risk, high potential youth for the workforce.
We have recently reached 20 instances of SF employees utilising their volunteer days within the last three months, which is a great achievement. I also launched a fundraiser called SOS Sweet Shop where I acquired permission from our property management team to host a massive bake sale in the lobby of our building. I invited all 42 floors of tenants to attend the event. The SF office banded together to bring in loads of baked goods, which we sold in exchange for donations to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois. We raised over US$600 and will be hosting the event twice annually going forward.
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