Improving lives 2022

In 2022, we have seen so many team members living this value through give as you earn (GAYE), fundraising, and volunteering, and we will continue to create an environment that encourages this.

We have created a social responsibility role to lead and give more opportunities for everyone to get involved in our ongoing commitment to doing better for individuals, communities, and the planet. This desire sits at the heart of FIECON to create as much positive impact and as little negative impact as possible.

During the year, FIECON also made a number of key donations, which means total giving for 2022 exceeded £170,000; cumulatively since inception, we have now given over £600,000.

A GREAT achievement, which brings us one step closer to our long-term giving goals.

At the start of the year, we were rocked by the Ukraine crisis and put a plan in place to help by donating:

  • £75,000 to the Disaster Emergency Committee and a school in Warsaw providing emergency shelter for refugees.
  • Essential items were transported to Poland for Ukrainian refugees.

We ended the year continuing to support the education sector in line with our belief that if education is invested in and improved across the world, this should in principle be the building block for addressing poverty, health, inequality, climate change, and many other world issues we face today and for the foreseeable future:

  • £80,000 donated to the Akanksha Foundation which was matched by another donor and an Akanksha board member (so £240,000 including this!)

This donation is specifically aimed at combating learning loss observed during the pandemic in Akanksha schools and communities with the following tactics: mental health, arts, and sports therapy; one-on-one extended learning; personalised digital learning; personalized learning plans for parents and children; peer-to-peer empowerment.

Akanksha is literally taking children off the streets in India and giving them a safe environment to learn, grow, and flourish (aligned with one of our core values). They have done this so well, that government bodies in India are seeking to learn from Akanksha and implement many of their methods in public and privately funded schools.

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