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Community and Charity

Making a positive difference

As part of Good4Business, we prioritise community and charity activities which focus on enhancing lives and securing futures for families with an emphasis on education, well-being and hygiene. Our activities give the Group an opportunity to give back to local communities by getting involved in life changing initiatives which make a difference where it matters the most.

Our focus on Community & Charity is embedded into all our geographies and seeks to help and support the local communities which surround our factories and offices.

Our Inner Hearts programme was born in Nigeria and has been adopted by all of our global operations. The programme encourages our employees to become involved with initiatives which they care about, giving them support and a framework to benefit local communities and charities.

Saving lives through handwashing initiatives
This year our Carex brand once again joined forces with United Purpose (formerly Universal Concern) to support Global Handwashing Day. This annual event, which was started by the United Nations eight years ago, touches over 200 million people and promotes a simple and life-saving message that handwashing with soap saves lives.

In Nigeria, the Global Handwashing Day was supported by rapper Sunny Neji who wrote the campaign anthem ‘Wash Your Hands O’. Our Carex brand gave schools the chance to compete in a talent competition to show that they have the ‘CareX Factor’, enabling children to get creative about handwashing by performing their own version of ‘Wash Your Hands O’.

In Nigeria, a number of initiatives were supported by the PZ Cussons Nigeria Foundation which was started in 2007. With funding from PZ Cussons, this year, the Foundation helped to commission many projects including: building classroom blocks within Iwoye Ijesha – Osun State, Wuro Mijiyawa Community – Taraba State and Osokwa Community – Abia State.

Right chemistry to inspire
The Chemistry Challenge is one of the PZ Cussons Nigeria Foundation’s initiatives to stimulate, inspire and reward the study of science and chemistry among Nigeria’s Senior Secondary school students. The competition has been running since 2013 and is sponsored by two leading Africa brands, Premier Cool and  Nunu milk. The winners, their teachers and their schools receive monetary and equipment prizes.

Supporting Manchester
As a company with its international headquarters in Manchester and a long and proud history in the region, we wanted to show solidarity with the City of Manchester and its people following the Manchester Arena Bombing earlier this year and helped the victims and their families with a donation of £50,000 to the official emergency appeal.

Strategic fundraising partner
A long-time charity partner in the UK is the Seashell Trust, which is located close to our Manchester headquarters. Throughout the year, many of our employees have been involved with fundraising activities – such as sponsored runs, bike rides and cake bake sales to raise money for Seashell Trust’s pupils who have severe learning and physical challenges. In addition to direct funding, we have also been involved on a strategic level to help the charity to secure funding for their Transforming Lives Appeal. The appeal seeks to secure donations for 17 new children’s homes and the £45m needed for the new Royal School Manchester special school campus redevelopment.