We are committed to conducting our business responsibly in all of our local communities
Community engagement and charitable action is an important part of our culture. Over the past few years we have been changing the balance of our activities to improve colleague engagement, to emphasise charities in our field of education and to develop global charitable partnerships.
During the last financial year, 248 Press people around the world gave their time to schools, charities and other organisations. Colleague fundraising, combined with Press donations, amounted to more than £57,500 for a wide range of charities, and nearly 76,000 books were donated to many worthwhile causes.
- 168 colleagues took part in enterprise days with local schools, mentored students and helped Rowan Humberstone, our Charity of the Year.
- The Press Board went back to school for an Enterprise Day at North Cambridge Academy, helping students develop business ideas and create a pitch to the Board and their whole year group.
- 76 students attended interview workshops at the Press. These sessions helped the students increase their confidence by providing a realistic interview experience and giving them constructive feedback.
- 6 teams volunteered at Wildlife Trust sites.
On Tuesday, 11 September, the Education Reform team took part in a Wild at Work Day at the Wildlife Trust’s Grafham Water site in Cambridge.
The day involved painting a bird hide, digging holes, handling and nailing timber together and cutting back willow to improve the view from the hide. Maintaining these hides benefits the local wildlife as it minimises the disturbance to the nesting birds.
Catarina Constancia, team lead on the day, said:
‘A few people were nervous before the day because they weren’t ‘outdoorsy’ and didn’t know what to expect but once we got there and met the guides, everyone worked brilliantly together – it couldn’t have gone any better.
It was definitely an amazing way to build up team morale and we were all surprised by how well everyone worked as a team - 10/10, would recommend.’
The Wildlife trust were pleased to pass on their grateful thanks to all the team following the successful activity day, they even requested to feature (the above) a photo of the team in their winter magazine, Local Wildlife.
World Book Day
Local schools took part in a careers carousel, giving them insights into apprenticeships, design, digital, education reform, legal and marketing, as well as tips on applying for jobs. World Book Day offers us a fantastic opportunity to support widening participation at the Press, encouraging young people who might never have thought about publishing before, to realise how much we do here, and the openings that are increasingly available for young people, including through apprenticeships and internships.
42 students took part in work experience across various teams.
- Colleagues raised £10,574, £9,692 of which was matched by the Press.
- A further £4,420 was raised by colleagues via crowd funding to support colleagues affected by the earthquake in Mexico. This amount was matched by the Press, with an additional donation of £3,000 going to the UNICEF relief fund.
- Colleagues supported 27 charities, with 24 methods of fundraising: marathons, whisky tasting, book sales, a Land’s End cycle ride and a Clipper Race.
- £14,350 was donated through Give as you Earn.
- £176 was donated through Change for Charity.
UK Charity of the Year, Rowan Humberstone
Rowan Humberstone is a Cambridge based charity and arts centre for people with learning disabilities. This was our first of two years working with Rowan as our UK Charity of the Year.
- Colleagues raised £2,284, £2,074 of which was matched – a total of £4,358. Together with a futher Press donation of £10,000, Rowan received almost £15,000.
- 5 colleagues helped improve Rowan's garden.
- Academic colleagues raised £375 (£751 with matched funding) through their regular book sale.
- A whisky tasting event raised £1,035, which was matched.
- We hosted a performance at the Cass Centre, Through The Cloud I Can See You. An audience member said ‘The performance by the Rowan students was heart-warming, inspiring and funny. They delivered their stories openly and with quiet determination. Their achievements are terrific and a testament to the ethos that Rowan holds.‘
Australia and New Zealand
In June, the Melbourne office hosted Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and raised $220 AUD for the Cancer Council charity. Cancer Council is the only Australian charity to work across every area of cancer, from research to prevention and support.
In August, the team raised $1080 AUD which enabled them to donate an assortment of Raspberry Pi computers, game controllers and workbooks to a village in rural Zambia. Girls Can Code aims to give girls from rural secondary schools the opportunity to attend technology camps to learn the basics of coding from a team of volunteers who include teachers, aid workers and IT professionals.
In December, the team held a raffle at their Christmas Party and raised $225 for The Smith Family. The Smith Family is a national charity helping young Australians in need to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment colleagues in the Manila office joined forces to make blood donations, to help alleviate the low blood supply within the country since late last year. They partnered with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Makati Chapter, a non-profit, donor-funded, volunteer and humanitarian organisation, to facilitate the event.
- On Mandela Day, July 18th, colleagues packed balanced meals for pre-school children for Rise against Hunger.
- The office hosted 11 interns in roles that lasted between three and six months, working with Marketing and Production teams.
The Thai team donated 6,000 THB to the Thai Heart Foundation. Qualified trainers gave the whole team a half day lesson about Basic Life Support (CPR, AED & Choking). The money donated will be used for producing the CPR manikins for public training and also to help poor patients who have heart diseases in Thailand.
100 copies of Cambridge Advance Learner’s Dictionary were donated to Ploenchit Fair in November 2017. The British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy (BCTFN) has organised Ploenchit Fair to raise money supporting many Thai charities for 60 years.
26 books were donated to Satang Mongkolsuk Library in July 2017.
The New York team selected PENCIL as their local educational charity. PENCIL works with the business community, organising activities and bringing together the best ideas, talent and resources to support students from all backgrounds to reach their full potential.
PENCIL received a donation of $5,000 from the Press in December 2017. Then in March 2018, 20 students from the Humanities and Arts High School were invited for a day in the office. Over 30 colleagues participated in a range of volunteer-led activities that included presentations of the publishing process, discussions about personal and professional development, a workshop on CV creation, and two rounds of mock interviews. This summer they look forward to sponsoring four student interns also through PENCIL.
- The team donated clothing, hygiene products, and non-perishable food to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a local charity that provides social support and programming – as well as food, clothing, and shelter – for at-risk LGBTQ youth in New York.
- In August, 6 colleagues spent 24 hours sorting backpacks at the Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack location in Chelsea. Volunteers of America provide backpacks for up to 20,000 children living in shelters.
- In October the office sponsored the Kareen Kjelstrup Memorial Professional Development Scholarship with California TESOL (CATESOL) in memory of a beloved and greatly missed ELT consultant from California.
- After a specific request, the office donated 30 copies of The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities, worth $1050, to Goucher Prison Education Partnership.
75,968 books were donated to a wide range of causes including: Alzheimer’s Research UK, Book Aid International, Borderline Books, Build on Books, Ciudad de los Ninos, Haven, Meadows Children and Family Wing, Ploenchit Fair (for the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy), Race Equality Centre, Satang Mongkolsuk Library, School Bus Project and Tech Mahindra (who donate to needy schools in India).
The groups supported by these charities include libraries in needy areas of Africa; projects helping migrants, refugees and displaced people; survivors of domestic abuse; the homeless; prisoners and young offenders; childrens’ homes and hostels for young people; and people with disabilities.