CSR Donations Programme Update - New 2018 Projects Announced

Published on 2018-03-28

The Chamber's CSR Working Group is pleased to announce the Chamber will support Shanghai Young Bakers and HandsOn Shanghai in 2018.

A key element of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai CSR activity is to develop on behalf of members a programme of effective giving to benefit charitable work in East China. In doing so we work with non-profit organisations that enhance the image of British Chamber Shanghai and its members as responsible members of the community.

The CSR Donation programme is run by the CSR Working Group. Following the recent invitation for organisations to submit applications for support and after assessing 22 applications, we are now pleased to announce the Chamber will support the following new projects in 2018.

Shanghai Young Bakers – New Mixers

Shanghai Young Bakers

Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB) is a well-established charitable organisation incorporating a social enterprise component. SYB empowers severely disadvantaged Chinese youths (aged 17 to 23) with little chance of an education or of a qualified, stable job by equipping them with professional qualifications and skills that they will be able to rely on for the rest of their lives.

Each year up to 32 youths are admitted to an intensive and high quality bakery and pastry training programme enabling them to find qualified jobs and lead independent lives after graduation. These youths are lifted out of poverty, thereby impacting the youths themselves, but also family members such as siblings, elderly grandparents, 
sick or disabled parents who rely on them for their livelihood.

This year the Chamber will provide funds to purchase eight new industrial dough mixers for the training kitchen replacing the existing mixers, which are coming to the end of their serviceable life. They are regularly breaking down or/and need maintenance, disrupting teaching and making it difficult for the students to all receive equal quality teaching.

The Chamber's contribution will make a sustainable difference, not just for this year but over the life of the mixers. In addition, members will be able to further participate and support SYB social enterprise activities by purchasing from their event catering catalogue and using the facilities for team building events and classes. Further details will be circulated to members over the coming weeks but in the meantime please visit www.shanghaiyoungbakers.com for more details.

HandsOn Shanghai - Beach Clean Up Volunteer programme

HandsOn Shanghai logo

HandsOn Shanghai aims to promote volunteerism, inspire, equip and mobilise people to take action that changes the world.  

One such area of action is Marine Pollution - a growing crisis globally and especially here in China. Since 2014, HandsOn Shanghai has mobilised volunteers to clean up local beaches in Shanghai, as well as the tangible removal of trash. The aim has been that this would raise awareness for ocean and marine life protection, and ultimately reduce damage to the marine environment. 

With the challenge itself only continuing to grow - by some estimates it is possible that there will be more trash in our oceans than fish by 2050 - HandsOn Shanghai is now looking to scale up its efforts at the beaches and make significant investments in awareness campaigns focused on behavioral change and education the 'Next Generation'. Be it through the change of consumer habits, and reduction of waste creation, or through community awareness and cleanup campaigns aimed at communities taking responsibility for litter.

During 2018, HandsOn Shanghai will engage up to 3,000 volunteers from local communities, schools, universities, and companies to participate in more than 100 clean up activities along Shanghai water ways and beaches. 

This beach clean up activity programme will be supported by a number of other awareness building and educational activities to help build sustainability.

The Chamber’s contribution will help to fund the costs associated with the beach clean up events, particularly bus transportation to the clean up areas. This contribution will also allow members' staff to participate in these events. More details on this programme and how members can participate will follow shortly. In the meantime please visit www.handsonshanghai.org for more details. 

Additional and Existing Projects

The CSR working group is in discussion with a number of other organisations who made applications for support in 2018. Once the Chamber’s participation and contribution has been finalised we will be making further announcements later this year.

The working group is also continuing to follow through with those organisations we supported in 2017 to ensure our contribution is leading to sustainable benefits.  

The working group also continues to support the Chamber’s flagship on going project – Bright Eyes – in Lixin County, Anhui Province. We are actively trying to build on our involvement to further enhance the impact of the project. Again we will communicate the latest developments on Bright Eyes very shortly.

If you have any questions relating to the Chamber’s CSR activity please do not hesitate to email CSR@britishchambershanghai.org

Karen Banks

CSR Working Group