In the UK, we also encourage our employees to participate in the Lloyd’s Community Programme and support their generous gift of time to local projects through the Programme. The Lloyd’s Community Programme offers businesses within the market an opportunity to participate in initiatives that will benefit the local community. The Programme particularly supports the development of schools, which in turn positively impacts the young people in the East London area, which is on our doorstep.
We are also proud sponsors of Rosslyn Park, a rugby union club based in London. The club has one of the country's largest mini and youth rugby set-ups, with sides at all age groups from under-6s and upwards. Its aim is to coach the basic skills of the game and instil a love of rugby to last a lifetime. To find out more about the club, click here.
In the US, our employees support Covenant House, a non-profit charity serving homeless youth with a network of shelters across the Americas. As part of this, senior business leaders spend one night sleeping on the streets in solidarity with countless homeless children to let them know they are not alone and that together we will make a difference. This also includes the ‘New York Sleep Out’ where a team of eight committed volunteers bring attention to the issues that affect homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, while addressing the causes that led to their current situation.
In recent years, BMS staff helped raise almost half a million dollars for Covenant House, as well as taking part in the uncomfortable but rewarding sleep out. BMS Inc. CEO Andrew Bustillo, who is also the Chairman of the charity, says “The funds raised will make an immediate difference, helping us not only to provide food, clothing and shelter, but also counselling and job training.”
In Canada, our employees engage with the community through a range of programs and events. BMS staff have helped prepare soups for Soup Sisters, a non-profit charity at an event to help feed young men and women at various shelters in Ottawa. BMS Canada Risk Services has also participated in OttawaReads, a unique school/business partnership where employees read to local school children every week for the school year. BMS Canada Executives and clients also take part in a cooking event, where under the instruction of a professional chef, they create a range of freezer-friendly meals for the Parkdale Food Bank, which are delivered to local neighbourhoods.