Giving Something Back
Giving back is embedded in our culture and values. We give back to our local community through our green initiatives and by supporting our charity of the year. We believe that by making many small changes, we can make a big difference.
Charity of the Year
After successfully raising over £240,000 for Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland during 2015-16, our staff have chosen the mental healthy charity, Mind. We are hoping to raise at least £100,000 through various fundraising activities – including the Three Peaks Challenge and the Royal Parks Half Marathon.
Mind is the leading mental health charity in the UK, providing support and advice to those suffering with mental health issues, as well as striving to remove the stigma around mental health. The charity supports over 390,000 people across England and Wales, offering crisis helplines, counselling, befriending and employment or training schemes.
Kathleen Miles, Director of Fundraising at Mind, said: “We are hugely grateful to the staff at Flight Centre for choosing Mind as their charity of the year and helping to ensure we can support the one in four people who experience a mental health problem in any given year. Money raised over the course of this partnership will allow us to continue to be there for people who need it, when they need it the most and to fight to make sure that everyone with a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.”
Mind will sit alongside our nominated global Flight Centre Foundation charity in South Africa, which aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing education to disadvantaged children.
Our charity of the year is selected by our employees. By focusing all of our fundraising attention on one charity for 12 months, we believe we can make a real difference. Some of our previously chosen charities have included Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Help for Heroes, Make-A-Wish, Millan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.
As part of our commitment to climate change we are working to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by reusing and recycling.
Over the past 12 months we have been working towards reducing the amount of office waste sent to landfill by introducing mixed recycling across all brands and businesses and by removing individual desk side bins. Through monitoring, reporting and educating, we have achieved a 0% to landfill status.
At Flight Centre we realise the impact travel has on the environment and that’s why we offset all GHG emissions resulting from our travel to conferences, focus days, the annual Summer Ball and Flight Centre’s Global Gathering.
Carbon offsetting means buying credits to fund sustainable environmental projects such as a wind power plant in China, which could generate clean, renewable energy in a grid that was previously dominated by power generated from fossil fuels. This year, our total carbon footprint of 576.3tCO2e has successfully been offset at a cost of £2,875.
Flight Centre has supported Payroll Giving since 2008 and is proud to have been awarded the Gold Standard five years running. More than 19% of us are signed up and since we introduced the scheme and Flight Centre staff have generously donated more than £112,000 to over 158 worthy causes.
Through our in-house health and well-being team, Healthwise, we’re part of the Cycle-To-Work scheme. This is aimed at encouraging staff to keep fit and healthy, save money and reduce carbon emissions which would otherwise be generated from travelling to work by train, bus or car. The scheme is open to everyone and we have recently made it even easier by accepting new joiners every month come rain or shine.