At BMS we are committed to our Corporate Social Responsibility. We view this action as a way to showcase how we can make a difference in areas that need financial and interactive support from our BMS colleagues.
In the UK, we 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.
Through the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) dozens of employees help to improve parts of the city, including a large section of the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Our volunteers cleared pathways, planted bulbs, weeded and trimmed trees. The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife habitats and more than seven thousand students use it as an outdoor classroom each year.
In the US, our employees support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (non-profit health organisation sponsoring research into the causes of and seeking effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases); The Loppet Foundation (local charity providing opportunities for year-round outdoor activities to engage underserved inner-city youth and their families); Make-A-Wish Foundation (granting wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions); and Covenant House (non-profit charity serving homeless youth with a network of shelters across the Americas).
In support of MDA, BMS participates in the MDA Muscle Team challenge. The fund-raising event is made up of top athletes and alumni from local sports teams and beyond – all putting their muscle behind a cure for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). BMS employees graciously volunteer their time to set up the entire event, including the silent/live auction, food, stations and event element stations.
In mid winter, BMS participates in The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival. In addition to co-ordinating the event set-up, BMS donations help fund the Loppet Foundation’s capital campaign to build an outdoor adventure and welcome centre. This centre will create a gateway to the outdoors in the heart of Minneapolis where the community can come together to mountain bike, cross country ski, paddle, run trails, snowshoe and hike.
BMS also sponsors the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children and young adults facing life-threatening conditions. A recent financial donation by BMS helped make the dream of a young man battling t-cell lymphoma come true – the remodelling of his bedroom to provide a personal space for studying and relaxing during his first two years of college.
In support of the Covenant House and the Covenant House Institute, senior business leaders spend one night sleeping on the streets in solidarity with countless homeless kids to let them know they are not alone and to let others know that together we will make a difference. BMS is proud to participate in the ‘New York Sleep Out’ with a team of eight committed volunteers who will bring attention to the issues that affect homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, while addressing the causes that led to their current situation.
In 2015, 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 help 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 is also the only company to have 100% staff participation 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.
We also support our staff in their individual charity endeavours and have a policy of matched charity funding.
BMS is also committed to a payroll giving scheme in which we are proud to have been awarded a certificate and kite mark.