Brightwork Group partners with global poverty charity
The Brightwork Group has joined with some of the biggest names in business to help fight global poverty, by empowering people in some of the world's poorest countries.
Brightwork has partnered with WildHearts, a global charity that encourages the business community to transform their office supplies spend from an overhead to an investment, making a positive social impact both at home and abroad.
As a consequence, in the past six months, Brightwork has provided access for 14 pupils to enterprise education through the WildHearts Micro-Tyco programme and has transformed 28 lives globally through providing microfinance to some of the world’s poorest people.
Shan Saba, business development director at Brightwork, said, "WildHearts is a truly ground-breaking social enterprise which aims to harness the energy of the business world as a force for good across many nations.
"Brightwork has long recognised the beneficial impact of charitable activity and we are delighted to be able to work with WildHearts to help bring opportunity to some of the most disadvantaged people in the world."
WildHearts operates by tapping into the everyday operational costs of businesses. It offers high quality office supplies, print and merchandise, and uses the margins from these sales to fund its microfinance and Micro-Tyco activities.
Brightwork switched to WildHearts in June this year to source its stationery requirements and its orders so far have allowed WildHearts to transform 42 individual lives globally.
WildHearts' Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Summits, held in London, Edinburgh and Boston, attract executives from companies such as RBS, Standard Life Investments, SSE, Natwest, Deloitte and Jaguar Land Rover as well as individual entrepreneurs such as Bob Keiller, CEO of the Wood Group, Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management and Sir Tom Hunter.
WildHearts Micro-Tyco programme provides free enterprise education to schools across the UK and is designed to liberate entrepreneurial thinking, enabling students to practice and learn key business principles in a safe ‘micro’ environment.
Through providing microfinance across 37 countries, WildHearts is able to provide microloans to the world’s poorest people enabling them to work their own way out of poverty with dignity and self respect. More than 90% of the recipients of WildHearts microloans are women who otherwise would have no access to banking. These women go on to spend their income on nutrition, education, medicine and housing for their families. As a result, investing in women transforms whole communities.
Derek May, Brightwork Group chief executive, said, "By joining with WildHearts, we demonstrate that corporate social responsibility is not just a box to be ticked. Initiatives such as this actually do change people's lives for the better."
The Brightwork Group was established by recruitment veterans Charles Turner and Anthony Knight in 2006. Since then it has established itself in drinks and industrial recruiting, supplying thousands of workers every year to household name Scottish enterprises.
It has also built up a thriving specialist recruitment arm, BWSR, focusing on the professional, technical and managerial sectors. Its Quality Link Recruitment (QLR), the respected Scottish staffing and event management service, supplies the catering and hospitality sectors.