At Arma, we have always believed that it is important to be part of and contribute to the neighbourhood in which we live and work. Our Corporate Social Responsibility programme is therefore geared towards providing impactful philanthropy and mutually beneficial engagement opportunities within our local community.
Humanitarian support for Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused a tragic humanitarian crisis with thousands of lives lost and millions of families displaced. Arma has made a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), who are providing vital support on the ground through 15 leading charities. Beyond the firm’s contribution, our Matched Giving Policy matches charitable donations made by our staff and this is further complemented by the UK government’s commitment to match donations to the DEC up to the value of £20 million. We hope that our efforts go some way in showing our support for, and solidarity with, the Ukrainian people in their time of need.
As part of the Covid-19 pandemic response, Arma organised a digital relay involving back to back physical endurance efforts by our employees with virtual hand-overs over the course of a single day. From London to California, Arma employees ran, walked and cycled, accumulating a remarkable 515 kilometres on the day with some colleagues covering over 40 kilometres each. This included a 140km, 10 hour, socially distant relay event charting a continuous route across London ending at The Shard. Beyond the fundraising effort, the event also reminded us of the importance of physical and mental wellness during these anxious and uncertain times. The money raised has been donated to the Trussell Trust, a charity working to end the need for food banks in the UK and to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, which remains one of the few High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) Treatment Centres in the UK.
Our current philanthropy programme is focused on the Youth Futures Fund, a new fund set up by the well-established London Community Foundation, with the aim of improving the wellbeing and mental health of young people across the city, particularly those that have been hard hit by the pandemic and are facing worsening job prospects, greater risk of violence and abuse and fewer opportunities and activities. The London Community Foundation has already invested over £100 million across the capital, and we are really excited to partner with them for this new initiative.
ARK Globe Academy
Over the past few years, we have also developed an excellent relationship with our local secondary school, Ark Globe Academy, where many of the students are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Ark Globe’s mission is to prepare their students for university and to inspire them to be leaders in their community. Arma employees support this work by volunteering their time with skills-based activities such as interview practice as well as helping the students to develop the ambition and confidence to succeed through networking events held for the students at our offices in The Shard.
We encourage our employees to get involved with volunteering opportunities in our local community. That can mean spending a lunch hour sharing skills with local sixth formers in our offices or joining clients on a variety of charitable activities. Our employees are entitled to a day’s paid volunteering leave on top of their annual allowance to work with a charity of their choice.