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