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We are aware of the importance of acting responsibly and how a sustainable agenda can help to make a positive impact on our environment and the community we live in.
In this section, you will find details of events, initiatives, as well as organisations that ISLA supports in recognition of its social responsibility.
In 2020, we entered a partnership with Climate Care to support their suite of sustainable projects to reduce our carbon footprint at our large European industry conference. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been postponed until further notice. https://www.climatecare.org
In 2020, ISLA was scheduled to partner with Climate Action at their Sustainable Investment Forum 2020. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been postponed until further notice.
Established in 2007 and headquartered in London, UK, Climate Action establishes and builds partnerships between business, government and public bodies to accelerate international sustainable development and advance the ‘green economy’.
We do this by providing a global media and events platform across which stakeholders can share knowledge, technologies and expertise, and identify innovative solutions to the challenges faced by climate change and a growing population.
For our partners and supporters we help engage the private sector, bringing innovations, technologies and finance to the debate.
For our clients we help generate profitable business opportunities and partnerships, provide top-level access to emerging markets and reinforce their commitment to, and their position as leaders within, the global sustainability industry. http://www.climateaction.org/
Securities Finance Charity Ball
ISLA is proud to support and sponsor the Securities Finance Charity Ball, an annual industry event that raises funds and awareness for the IBCT and CRISIS charities. https://www.securitiesfinanceball.com/
The International Bankers Charitable Trust (“IBCT”)(Registered Number: 1087630)
The IBCT is the charity through which the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (“WCIB”), the livery company for financial professionals, funds and works with specialist Charities and Educational Institutions to make a difference in the lives of needy young people in London.
Main IBCT beneficiaries referenced:
Crisis UK (trading as Crisis) (Registered Charity Numbers: E&W1082947,SC040094. Company Number: 4024938)
Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We are committed to ending homelessness. Every day we see the devastating impact homelessness has on people’s lives. Every year we work side by side with thousands of homeless people, to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good. Through our pioneering research into the causes and consequences of homelessness and the solutions to it, we know what it will take to end it. Together with others who share our resolve, we bring our knowledge, experience and determination to campaign for the changes that will solve the homelessness crisis once and for all. We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it
ISLA is proud to have been able to support the Christian Kitchen charity by donating thermal flasks to a charitable cause for use as the cold weather continues over the coming months.
With everyone working remotely in 2020, the ISLA team wondered how we could support local charities and came up with the idea of repurposing branded merchandise that would have otherwise been left unused in the office. We wanted to ensure that the 100 or so thermal mugs went to a worthwhile cause, so we decided to donate them to the Christian Kitchen in Walthamstow, London.
The Christian Kitchen is a charity that seeks to feed homeless and marginalized people in Waltham Forest. Every night their purpose built catering van makes its way to the top of Walthamstow Market to serve a hot three course meal to those who need it the most. Each night they feed around 50 – 70 people. The Christian Kitchen started 25 years ago by a lady who saw a man asleep in an empty garage. Worried for this health she made dinner for him and left it outside the garage. The next day the food was gone.
A large team of volunteers from over 15 churches of all denominations, as well as members from the general public not associated with a place of worship, head out each and every night to feed those less fortunate than themselves. All their funding and donations come from local churches, small businesses, borough schools and individuals.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has altered the way food can be distributed, encouraging it to be taken off site to avoid crowding and maintain social distancing.
We hope the donated thermal cups enabled a few to take away a hot drink as the cold weather sets in for winter.
A message from the charity:
“Thank you so much for supporting such a great cause, please keep up to date with all Christian Kitchens activities by liking our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-Kitchen-in-Walthamstow-Waltham-Forest/168058673278679)”.
Carers Support Merton
In December 2021, ISLA is delighted to have supported a local London Christmas idea brought to us by ISLA’s Tina Baker, Head of Legal Services.
The pandemic has been tough on all our kids, but imagine what has been like for a young carer – isolated at home, perhaps as young as 5, responsible for helping a parent shielding with a long-term illness or supporting a sibling experiencing poor mental health.
“I was almost expelled for low attendance and punctuality…because people weren’t listening to me. I needed support. I didn’t need to be penalised” Halima, Young Adult Carer
Carers Support Merton say there has been a 26% increase in demand in their services since the pandemic struck. And an estimated 2000 are young carers, kids like Halima, who should be focused on schooling & enjoying their childhood yet are taking on responsibilities way beyond their years. Some are also struggling in very challenging family financial situations.
Called the Wimbledon Elf Initiative, a team of Elves were busy collecting bags of gifts to bring some magic to those they think deserve it most in the borough of Merton.
ISLA helped fund some gifts and made a donation to Carers Support Merton (https://www.csmerton.org/) to support the vital services they provide to so many carers in Merton.
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