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John Menzies is aware that it has community obligations, particularly within neighbourhoods, where it does business. We have a general duty to avoid conducting business which is against the best interests of these communities. We have a positive duty as well as a self interest, to improve the well being of individuals and to use our best endeavours to enhance community life. A positive approach to our community relations is in the best long term interests of our company and of those who work within it.

In addition to supporting local causes where Menzies employees are involved, we aim to provide significant levels of support to a small number of charities nominated by each operating division each year. The following criteria is used in deciding our charities of choice:

  • Charities that enhance our engagement in the community
  • Charities that assist in managing the sustainability of the local environment
  • Charities that educate young people and that assist disadvantaged groups
  • Charities that are small enough for our donation to make an impact
  • Charities have specific aims and demonstrate how our contribution will benefit their cause
  • Charities that the company can develop a positive association with and that employees can engage with

Generally, Menzies will not make contributions to certain causes or activities. These include, but are not limited to political parties, Books, research papers or articles in professional journals, Religious organisations or anything that conflicts with our Ethics Policy.

In 2012, over £80,000 (2011: £80,000) was donated by the Company.  Funding is provided via two main routes – the Charities Fund and the John M. Menzies Community Fund. 

The John M. Menzies Community Fund

Donations requests received from employees are supported through the John M. Menzies Community Fund. The Group employs more than 22,000 people in 30 countries around the world, many of whom participate in various forms of charitable, voluntary and other community-related work. We are supportive of these initiatives, and encourage and support these through the work of our Community Investment team. 

The John M. Menzies Community Fund makes individual cash awards of up to £350 per employee, or £700 per team of employees, undertaking a charitable or community project. Such awards are made in consultation with the Managing Directors of each business. During 2012, applications worth over £10,000 were supported by this Fund.


The Charity Fund

This is the main vehicle for the Group’s charitable donations and is set each year by the Group Board. The two divisions Menzies Aviation and Menzies Distribution both nominate charities to receive donations and in 2012 almost £70,000 was donated to a small number of selected organisations which the Committee felt matched the investment criteria. These organisations included: 

  • Children 1st, which works with children and their families in Scotland to change their lives for the better. The charity operates support services and homes throughout Scotland, campaigns on Children’s issues and provides training and consultancy services for organisations which work with young people;
  • the Newstraid Benevolent Fund, which works for individuals in need who have worked in the retailing and distribution section of the newspaper and magazine publishing industry throughout the UK;
  • Parikrma Humanity Foundation, a non-profit organization that is transforming education for underserved children in urban India, so that they can have equal access to the best opportunities;
  • UNICEF whichis the world's leading organisation working for children, working in over 190 countries;
  • Debra which is a national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) - a painful genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and shear at the slightest friction, or even spontaneously;
  • The Kiltwalk which organises sponsored walking events to raise money to support Scottish children's charities;
  • Claire House Children’s Hospice, the aim of which is to enhance the quality of life for children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, offering a high quality service, with both personal and professional support;
  • Last Chance Animal Rescue who rescue, rehabilitate and re-home domestic pets;
  • British Airways Flying Start  which is the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief UK – a partnership whose aim is to raise money to help children living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world; and
  • The Yard which is a purpose built indoor and outdoor adventure playground in Edinburgh for children and young people with additional support needs and children in the community.


Political donations

It is the Company’s policy not to make political donations.

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