P&G's commitment to our communities in the
UK and Ireland
For more than 80 years, P&G brands and people have touched and improved consumers’ lives. Our commitment extends to our social investments. Our people and our brands are our greatest assets and together, they are a tremendous force that can make an impact that matters.
Through P&G’s Live, Learn and Thrive cause, we help children in need around the world get off to a healthy start, receive access to education and build skills for life. In the UK and Ireland our community relations programme - P&G Community Matters - helps deliver Live, Learn and Thrive as we recognise we can make a greater, more enduring impact by focusing on a consistent cause.
We deliver our Community Matters programme by: contributing funding, donating P&G product and through a comprehensive employee volunteer programme. We strongly believe in the value of community involvement and by nature, P&G employees tend to get involved in things they believe in. Nowhere is this more evident than in the contribution we make to our local communities.
- P&G UK and Ireland total charitable return for fiscal year 2010/2011 was valued at £4,725,958 (as measured by London Benchmarking).
P&G aims to support projects that will provide sustainable benefits to the communities in which we live and work, so the programme is delivered from each of our sites across the UK & Ireland and serves that local community only.
If you would like to find out more about how we’re supporting our communities in the UK & Ireland, please contact one of our regional coordinators or P&G UK and Ireland Community Matters Manager, Janette Butler - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
P&G Community Matters Regional Coordinators
Basingstoke, Hampshire – Jo Shields – email@example.com
Egham, Surrey – Sue Tregoning – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading, Surrey – Shane Fidgett – email@example.com or Sally Oakley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Weybridge, Surrey – Janette Butler – email@example.com
West Thurrock, Essex – Paul Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bournemouth, Dorset – Emma Portnal – email@example.com
P&G Teaching Today For Brighter Tomorrows
P&G UK hold Platinum partnership status with Teach First and we are exclusive partners of their work in primary schools. This partnership brings to life our joint mission ‘to improve lives for children in need’. Teach First is an independent charity helping to address educational disadvantage by encouraging top graduates to spend the first two years of their working life teaching in challenging inner city schools. After their first two years of teaching experience, these young teachers can then choose to remain in teaching or take the experiences, insights and leadership skills they’ve gained into other sectors.
P&G UK also fund and support a special Teach First project called ‘P&G Teaching Today for Brighter Tomorrows’, which addresses the huge need to secure quality, primary head teachers. Our project addressed the barriers identified and prepares Teach First graduates towards primary head teach roles.
In addition, P&G employees volunteer on a variety of projects, ranging from coaching new teachers, assisting with communications strategy and advice on re-branding the charity, to providing judges for Excellence Awards for teachers and working hands-on with the students in marketing workshops.
The dedicated workforce of Teach First is achieving spectacular results and together, we are making a difference by helping children in the UK to Live, Learn and Thrive.
To learn more about Teach First please visit www.teachfirst.org.uk
In Kind Giving
Since 2002, over 2,500 different charities have benefited from P&G UK’s in kind product donations via our partnership with In Kind Direct, one of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ charities.
Nurseries, playgroups, disabled children’s groups, hospices, women’s refuges and local community projects are among those benefiting from donations of products including Fairy, Lenor, Wella, Pampers, Duracell and Gillette.
In Kind Direct has seen huge growth in demand for its service from charities over the last few years and over 5,000 charities and not-for-profit organisations, from across the UK, are now signed up to receive goods.
In 2009/10 P&G UK donations benefited 1,254 different charities, including at least 350 charities working with children and young people.
For more information about In Kind Direct, please visit www.inkinddirect.org
P&G Bournemouth and Look Good Feel Better
There are so many vital links in the Look Good...Feel Better charity chain but absolutely one key element is the fantastic support and dedication given by the P&G Customisation Team in Bournemouth. Virtually since the first days of LGFB (18 years ago) P&G has committed to supporting the charity in the most powerful and invaluable way.
Look Good...Feel Better aims to improve the self-esteem of people undergoing cancer treatment. Each patient that attends the LGFB workshop receives a gift bag. The bag consists of 18 products, which the attendees are shown how to use during the workshop by make-up consultants (which include our own P&G Max Factor team) and the products are then theirs to take away and enjoy afterwards. Over the years the number of donated products has grown and the charity now needs 220,000 products a year - all of which are very generously donated to LGFB by member companies.
All 220,000 products are despatched from the various companies and sent to P&G Bournemouth, where The Customisation Team based in P&G’s Distribution Centre in Bournemouth ensures they are stored, data-captured and then picked and packed into roughly 12,000 highly valued patient gift bags. So, foundation by foundation, eye shadow by eye shadow and lip liner by lip liner... the team makes sure that every bag is packed correctly and has the correct number of 18 products. Bags are produced for four different skin tones - light, medium, dark and extra dark and each foundation needs to get the right concealer - attention to detail is vital. There are also four different skin tones/bag for teens as well. So in total there are 8 different bags produced.
Finally, a network of over 60 hospitals then contact the Bournemouth team who couriers batches of boxes out to them. All this time, effort and expense is undertaken as a donation to LGFB from P&G.
To find out more about the charity Look Good...Feel Better, please visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk
Proudly Supporting Young Enterprise Across the UK
We are proud to have a long partnership with Young Enterprise, the UK’s leading enterprise education charity. Nationally, P&G are sponsors of Young Enterprise’s Primary Programme and regionally we support the boards close to our UK operations by providing financial sponsorship and employee volunteers who work as advisers within schools. P&G employees and retirees also sit on Young Enterprise boards, sharing their business expertise and experience.
For more information about Young Enterprise, please visit their website www.young-enterprise.org.uk
Sharing Skills with Local Charities in Surrey
P&G invest heavily in training our employees and we are delighted when we can share this expertise with our local communities. A great example of this is our Business Skills Workshops for Charities which gives charities an ideal opportunity to gain new perspectives on some of the everyday business and fundraising challenges that they face.
This one day course is run from our UK headquarters in Weybridge, Surrey and is offered completely free of charge.
If you would like to learn more about enrolling on the next P&G Business Skills Workshop for Charities, please contact Bebe Hudd (firstname.lastname@example.org).