Awareness is one of the cornerstones of GAC’s strategic response to the challenges of doing business in the 21st century. The Group encourages staff and management to be aware of, engage with and support the communities in which we live and work.

GAC companies around the world have always had a high level of awareness and take their corporate social responsibility very seriously. Our people take pleasure in raising awareness and funds for others.

Here are a few examples: 

  • A global effort raised nearly $15000 for the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami relief fund in October.
  • GAC Bahrain’s #blooddonationdrive, Bahrain Marathon Relay and Think Pink campaigns
  • GAC UK naming the Royal National Lifeboat Institution its designated charity for 2019 for the third year running. The RNLI’s partnership with GAC UK has swelled their coffers by over £50,000 so far.
  • GAC Sri Lanka helping to restore a school hit by devastating floods.
  • Marine Leisure specialist GAC Pindar’s numerous awareness-raising sponsorships such as the Magenta Project.

It’s part of GAC’s ethos to partner with like-minded organisations. In 2018, the focus has been on 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.


Working together

At the Volvo Ocean Race’s Lisbon stopover in November 2017, we united various race stakeholders to host 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.

Finally, 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. The 2017 winner was GAC Dubai’s programme to regenerate and prolong the life of the batteries that keep its forklifts, trucks and other material handling equipment running. Regeneration technology extends battery life, boosts efficiency and reduces the company’s carbon footprint. Runners-up were: GAC Thoresen Logistics’ initiative to replace High Intensity Discharge lightbulbs with Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) in and around its warehouse in Thailand; and GAC Sri Lanka’s programme of medical screening, nutritional assessment and fitness activities for its staff.