Budget and power usage are always top of our minds around Crossroads Village. It’s not just because as a charity it’s important to keep our costs low. It’s also because we care that the people we serve in poor communities are the ones suffering most from pollution, environmental degradation and climate change.

Enter Coolnomix, a group that specialises in energy optimisation solutions. In 2017, Coolnomix provided 25 aircon control units for installation in Crossroads’ most heavily used offices, at a generous discount. In the peak months of summer, around 52% of Crossroads’ power costs are incurred by air conditioning. This is in part to keep our volunteers comfortable and in part to protect donated product from mould or other humidity challenges. Coolnomix estimates that their units can save 40% on our air conditioning power usage. Matt Gow, Crossroads’ Director of Strategy, says, “When we can save on our power budget, it means that funding can be invested into what we do best: helping people in need.” Better for our budget; better for the planet; better for those we serve. Now, that’s cool!


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One of the most powerful trends in recent years is the way in which companies are making their expertise and core competencies available to address global issues. Corporate Social Responsibility has changed the landscape of engagement and we, for one, are very grateful. Corporate partnerships empower us to help those we serve. We’ve featured a few examples on this page.

Companies donating core competencies

We are indebted to the companies who help us help others by giving their services in a wide range of sectors.

  • Legal Services: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Skadden, Hogan Lovells, Cordells
  • Audit: BDO (formerly Grant Thornton)
  • Humanitarian Transport: APL, Maersk, Oriental Logistics, Shenship, Swire Shipping, Zim
  • Information Technology: Microsoft, Cisco, Qlik, Atlassian, ThoughtWorks
  • Architects: Nelson Chen Architects
  • Engineering: Arup
  • Design: Hong Kong Disneyland, M Moser
  • PR consultancy: Executive Counsel
  • Food: La Rose Noire, Feeding Hong Kong, Pret a Manger, Foodlink
  • Product donations: Many kindly donated product including Allen & Overy, Alpha Appliances, AIG, AXA Group, Baker & McKenzie, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bellanis, BNP, British Council, Carrefour Sourcing Asia, Cathay Pacific, Cisco, Clifford Chance, Dymocks, ESF, Ernst & Young, Global Sources, Grand Hyatt, H & M, Hermes, Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Rugby Union, Hong Kong
    Sanatorium & Hospital, HKUST, IKEA, JP Morgan, KPMG, Langham Hospitality Group, Li & Fung Group, Linklaters, Mandarin Oriental
    Hong Kong, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, Nike, Ocean Park, Ralph Lauren Asia Pacific, Sino Group, Starbucks, Swire, Tesco, UBS AG.

Refugees in Calais ‘Jungle’

24369972720_7e273637e1_oThe calls began in earnest mid 2015 as a surge of global interest grew in response to the refugee crisis. In Calais, France, an informal camp appeared, known as the ‘Jungle’. It grew rapidly, though without decent facilities or permanent shelter. There were hundreds of unaccompanied minors among the refugees, children in hugely vulnerable situations. Through our Global Hand service, many people across the channel, in the UK, wanted to reach out. Our Global Hand office ran hot, throughout the duration of the Calais Jungle, guiding donors by phone and email to see the needed goods reach those stranded in this heartbreaking location.

 


 

Volkswagen Gives Us Wheels

IMAG0844Volkswagen astonished us by donating two people passenger movers, Caravelles and a Polo, perfect for moving our team around. Rather than sell these slightly used company cars, Volkswagen chose to donate them to us. An awesome gift!


 

Facts at a Qlik!

QlikFacts, figures, data… The creative IT company, Qlik, ‘automagically’ lets you see your data through different ‘lenses’ , in visual form, or graphs or charts. That ‘view’, in turn, lets us manage our systems better which means we can better serve people in need. Amazingly, Qlik has donated its services to us. Their example is proof positive that companies can help people in need by using their expertise. And all at a ‘Qlik’!


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Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

What do we offer companies at crossroads?

  • Inspiration through our simulation x-periences of need
  • Off sites and team builds on our campus
  • Modest conference facilities for company discussion/training
  • Catering: a ‘dining with the poor’ lunch, if ordered
  • Partnership brokering
  • Volunteer opportunities: skilled or non-skilled based

Email engagement@crossroads.org.hk to get connected!

Charles – Corporate donor turns volunteer

When Charles retired as General Manager of Columbia in Hong Kong, it was time for a change. During a company volunteering day he had seen substantial donations of clothing given to Crossroads, so it seemed
a logical idea to join us as a regular community volunteer. “I strongly believe I’ve received a lot from society. I wanted to do community service, to pay it back, and Crossroads was at the top of my list. The opportunities here suited my abilities and experience”, he said. Now, Charles volunteers on our partnerships team helping Hong Kong companies partner with Crossroads with donated gifts and services. His skills and experience are invaluable!

Charles

 

Learn how we engage with the Sustainable Development Goals.

When Hong Kong turns up the heat, it’s no picnic! Crossroads doesn’t stop shipping aid throughout the summer but it can be exhausting for corporate teams, community groups, and our regular volunteers to load a container in the hot summer sun. Even worse, when it rains. Since our loading area is exposed, valuable donated goods waiting to be sent to orphanages, hospitals, or other groups around the world, can be put at risk while they wait to be loaded.

Credit Suisse, longtime friends of Crossroads, saw the need for a proper shelter over our container-loading area. Having loaded containers as a corporate group, Credit Suisse knew firsthand that without keeping our volunteers safe and protected while loading containers, Crossroads couldn’t do the work we do!

They came alongside Crossroads to sponsor a large, sturdy marquee which now covers the area where our containers are loaded. The difference it’s made cannot be quantified. We no longer need to construct temporary rain shelters for the waiting goods, and our volunteers are now protected from Hong Kong’s sweltering summer sun.


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Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong

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