Grant Thornton embarks on foodbank initiative

Growing Together in the community is Grant Thornton's commitment to community engagement. Across Grant Thornton, member firms are actively involved in several areas covering education, healthcare, helping communities and people to grow, develop and unlock their potential, whilst also collaborating with charities and NGOs to support people in poverty.

These activities culminate during the firm’s global CSR day, which sees a coordinated effort from all participants to be doing good on specific days across the globe. But why is CSR so important to Grant Thornton’s culture?

Ask Paul Raleigh (Global Leader for Grant Thornton) what CSR is all about and you are likely to get a mercurial Irish smile and retort that "it's not the cherry on the cake." Once he's left you hanging for a while, he'll explain that CSR is not a day, it's not a cheque, it's about people and a programme to bring about real change. The holy trifecta, as he explains it, is when you can have an impact on your people, your clients and your community.

That is what 78 Grant Thornton member firms did on this year's Growing Together in the Community, global CSR day.

The Malta team also did their part by donating and distributing a van full of food to the foodbank in Old Bakery Street, Valletta. With more than €500 worth of food collected over two days, a good number of less fortunate families were able to enjoying a special meal, or two, or three, thanks to the contributions. Other activities including environment clean-ups and blood donation efforts are in progress throughout what is left of the year.

In Philadelphia Johan Blignaut of Grant Thornton South Africa and his team have transformed so many lives through programmes ranging from rebuilding old people's homes to gardening projects, numeracy and literacy programmes and now a dream. A dream to build 10 education centres from disused shipping containers for children - and to teach their parents to read, "before I retire, or before I die - whichever comes first."

In Italy Ria GT Italy gave start to the implementation of a special project for Africa with the Community of Sant'Egidio. This project will provide many children and their families with a real hope for an educational future, sociality and life prospects.

In the Netherlands the firm’s local offices partner with the Dutch Heart Foundation and 32 Grant Thornton employees ran 476 km and fundraised for further research on the markers in the blood to be able to diagnose and treat heart problems in an early stage.

These are only a few examples of how Grant Thornton contributed to the community, where we come together to have fun and do good!

Watch the video of our global CSR event below