We take pride in helping exceptional clients do extraordinary things for people, profit and planet and are equally committed to being good corporate citizens ourselves, achieving B- Corporation certification in 2017. We take responsibility for our community, employees, suppliers and our planet very seriously. We believe business can, and should be, a force for good.
This is reflected in the way we do business and the initiatives we support. In our current financial year, our objectives include working with new purpose-driven clients, dedicating 2% of company profits to CSR and delivering at least 150 hours of pro-bono work.
AFRICAN ENTREPRENEUR COLLECTIVE (AEC)
Gong has an ongoing partnership with the AEC, a collection of business accelerators that support local entrepreneurs to drive job growth across Africa. As well as providing pro-bono communications support from our UK and Kenya offices, 6-week secondment opportunities take Gong team members to Africa to help AEC and their entrepreneurs develop communications strategies to help them accelerate their business’ growth.
In our last financial year, we delivered pro-bono work for AEC equivalent to 1% of our revenue.
HOLY’S HOME FOR CHILDREN, GHANA
A minimum of £250 per month goes towards employee-nominated charities which are elected by the team each year.
We currently support Holy’s Home for Children, a small children’s charity in Ghana founded by one of Gong’s Account Managers, which is constructing an orphanage to provide safe accommodation, nutrition, and emotional and practical support to 30 vulnerable children. The charity’s work is guided by the belief that every child deserves to live in a safe and supportive home where education plays the primary role.
With our support, the building has gone from mere foundations to a full storey, waterproofed and ready-to-plaster structure in just five months. Donations from Gong Communications have helped to give over 15 local contractors work in an otherwise slow and remote part of Ghana, on track to complete before the beginning of the school year in September. Further updates can be found on Instagram @holyshome.
THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
Our monthly ‘Eating for Elephants’ team lunches not only bring great speakers to the office, but also act as mini-fundraising events, where Gongers are encouraged to donate the equivalent of their daily lunch budget to conservation charity the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Nairobi.
DSWT is committed to protecting and preserving Africa’s wilderness and endangered animals for future generations. The charity rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants (and one giraffe!) and also has an anti-poaching project.
To date, we have adopted eight elephants and one giraffe named Kiko to add to the Gong family!