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#GACcares - Corporate Responsibility the GAC Way

Awareness is one of GAC’s key strategic responses to the challenges of business in the 21st century. Awareness not only of the demands and developments of the markets we serve, but also of the wider world around us - the environment and communities in which we live and work. The Group encourages its people to be aware of and support community projects, promote the wellbeing of our employees and their families, and engage in initiatives to help protect and preserve the planet.

GAC wants to do well, but we are also committed to doing good wherever we can to make the world better, safer, cleaner and greener. That philosophy is at the heart of our commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), reflected in the GAC Spirit as well as our Group ethics, compliance and Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) policies.

Our companies around the world take CSR very seriously, and our people take pleasure in raising awareness and funds for worthy causes. Whether it is funding local projects, cleaning up waste, supporting children’s charities, tree planting, blood donations, helping the response to natural disasters, or raising money for maritime charities such as the Sailors’ Society, GAC is immersed in the communities in which we operate.

Helping hands 

  • When an earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian province of Sulawesi, PT. Andhika GAC started a Group appeal which raised nearly $15,000 to help the relief operation. Staff and management travelled to the affected area to help humanitarian organisation Aksi Cepat Tangapp (ACT) distribute food to more than 600 families who lost their homes.
  • At the Volvo Ocean Race Lisbon stopover in November 2017, GAC co-hosted an art day for a local not-for-profit organisation, Centro de Reabilitação e Integração de Deficientes (CRID). Teenagers from CRID’s partner school and all involved had a fun time while learning how to reduce ocean plastic pollution. See the movie here.
  • GAC Sri Lanka used its prize money from the Chairman’s Award for HSSE Excellence to fund their continuing support for the project to restore the flood-damaged Sivali Maha Vidyalaya School in the Ratnapura district.
  • GAC Bahrain’s regularly hosts blood donation drives, and encourages its staff to get involved in the Bahrain Marathon Relay and Think Pink campaigns.
  • GAC Singapore sponsors children at the World Vision programme in Antique Province, Philippines. They support the charity’s work to overcome poverty and injustice for local children, families and communities with donations and gifts of stationery, books and toys.

Sense of community 

  • In November 2019, GAC becomes the main sponsor of the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) initiative to help young people with learning or phyiscal challenges experience the thrill of sailing. "DOSC Sailability, powered by GAC" will enable the Club to upgrade its fleet and other equipment over the next three years.
  • Since 2017, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution has been GAC UK’s designated charity. Fund-raising events are regularly staged, swelling their coffers by over £65,000 so far, and staff are actively encouraged to volunteer and train with the RNLI.
  • Marine Leisure specialist GAC Pindar supports various initiatives including: the Magenta Project’s work to promote equal access and opportunities for women in sailing, and; The Final Straw Solent Community Interest Company’s mission to reduce single-use plastic waste. In 2019, GAC Pindar and visiting pro sailors joined their clean-up of an inner city beach in Southampton with the aim of formulating a longer-term plan for the site.
  • For the past three years, GAC Singapore has supported a promising Singapore Maritime Academy student with its annual book prize.

Getting personal 

  • GAC Singapore participated in a study to help identify and tackle fatigue in the workplace. Based on its findings, steps will be taken to improve conditions to reduce fatigue.
  • GAC UK is running an ongoing campaign to promote mental health in the workplace and beyond. To support that, three staff members have been trained as Mental Health First Aiders by Mental Health First Aid England or Scotland.

Sustainability

  • GAC supports the United Nations’ Environmental Programme and the Volvo Ocean Race #cleanseas campaign. Many GAC companies and individuals committed to make a difference at cleanseas.org/pledge.
  • GAC in Greece, UK, Netherlands and Belgium has joined the Green Award (GA) Foundation. GA-certified ships that use GAC’s ship agency services at ports in those countries can claim a discount on the agency fees. In 2018 GAC UK launched its Sustainability Champion Award to encourage colleagues to be more sustainable in both their work and personal lives, based on the UN Sustainability Development Goals. Colleagues earn ‘sustainability credits’ by taking part in activities or making lifestyle changes that support sustainability.
  • GAC Dubai’s installation of solar panels on two of its contract logistics facilities, which will cover 75% and 93% of the facilities’ total electricity needs. The combined production is equivalent to energy needed to power 20,000 households over the 20-year project lifetime.
  • As part of GAC Dubai’s continuing drive for sustainability and reducing its environmental impact, it has worked with Plant-for-the-Planet to plant 3,600 trees in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.

Chairman’s Award

Every year, GAC companies vie for the prestigious Chairman’s Award for HSSE Excellence with prize money being presented to the winners’ charities of choice. 

In 2018 the top prize was shared by two companies which took steps to reduce the risk of traffic accidents. GAC Dubai installed a Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS) in 74 of its vehicles. In Saudi Arabia, the GAC fleet was completely renewed and VMS installed, driver training given and monitoring and measurements introduced. The third prize went to GAC Bahrain for its programme to select and vet sub-contracted drivers through specially tailored HSSE training.

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