Our Social Responsibility
Helping the communities where we operate because making a positive impact is in our DNA.
Our Duty to the Community
Holborn is a family, and we view clients and employees as members of that family. Families care, and Holborn Assets cares about the wider communities in which we operate.
Giving back is part of our ethos and has been for some time. Privately, the Board of Directors has always been engaged philanthropically, with charity a core goal of its strategic plan; allocating a percentage of profits to plough into practical charity projects – as well as giving time and sincere engagement in projects on the part of advisers and clients alike.
We certainly don’t just pay lip service to the idea of charity – come and see for yourself! If you would like to be a part of what we do just ask firstname.lastname@example.org how you too can volunteer or (if you are feeling brave) join our cheerful charity enthusiasts “The Holborn Heroes”.
Our charitable focus currently centres on Education for Children in vulnerable communities around the world, and particularly those communities in which our business operates.
Red Crescent and Education 4 All
We’ve joined forces with Emirates Red Crescent in an effort to provide education and school supplies for Syrian and Yemeni refugee children. In September 2017, Holborn Assets sourced and funded hundreds of notepads, pens, pencils, art kits, calculators, school bags and more to provide children in Dubai, and those currently living within refugee settlements, with a range of academic equipment.
The initiative was started by Dubai-based Venkatraman Krishnamoorthy of Tamil Nadu, India, who collected a record-breaking 10,000+ kg of stationery for refugee children around the world.
This collection was undertaken under the umbrella of Emirates Red Crescent – license No 581 of Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department.
Employees at Holborn further boosted this effort by taking part in various sports challenges as they look to secure sponsorship and raise funds to send a number of refugee children to school in the UAE.
The teams have tackled events such as Desert Warrior Challenge, Dragon Boat Festival, Tough Mudder, Dubai Colour Run, Dubai 92 Cycle Race, Dubai Marathon and Dubai 10k all in the name of fundraising.
CEO of Holborn Assets, Bob Parker, said: “As announced by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 2017 is the UAE’s Year of Giving and our team is very excited to be involved in supporting such a worthy and timely cause.
Holborn Assets is committed to expanding its community work in addition to raising awareness about the Red Crescent’s wider goals – we also encouraged our clients and the public to drop off any school supplies directly to our office!
Scott Balsdon a company Director and Vincent Wilson, of the International Pensions team, have been visiting Malawi once or twice a year since 2012, to support a social project called Fisherman’s Rest. Fisherman’s Rest are involved in all sorts of work locally – reforestation, borehole repair training, school building projects, feeding projects and much more.
All the work on the ground is coordinated by a British couple who look after 22 schools in the district.
Holborn has pledged to help Vincent and Scott carry on their amazing work to help support the children in Malawi. This year our interns and other employees will be travelling to Malawi to help both physically and financially to push key projects forward.
Courage Compassion Commitment Foundation
The Holborn Assets Sri Lanka team are incredibly passionate about giving back to the community, and one foundation they’ve supported greatly is Courage Compassion Commitment (CCC) Foundation.
The CCC Foundation collaborated with the Ministry of Health and National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2006 to build a much-needed “Transit Home” for the day patients of the NCI.
CCC House, a 194-bed transit home at Maharagama, today provides accommodation for patients during their treatment. Maintaining this facility as a world-class outfit requires constant funds, which are raised through donations.
CCC Foundation is also involved in a second project, the CCC Line – a free telephone counseling service, which provides emotional support and guidance for any Sri Lankan who requires such assistance. By dialing CCC Line’s 1333 number, callers from anywhere in the island, through any phone service are connected to a trained telephone counselor who will provide support.
The well-known organisation supports cancer patients and has received substantial donations from Holborn Assets, as well as a Public Address System and Audio System requested by CCC House.
Shane Jayemanne who leads the Sri Lankan team said, “At Holborn the culture of giving goes beyond social responsibility. We count it as a joy. This culture has been part of the Holborn DNA from its inception and represents the heart of its Founder and CEO, Robert Parker. The team here at CCC House has done exceptional work and we are glad we could be a part of it. We will treasure the time we spent with the patients at CCC House.”
In 2017, two of Holborn Assets’ interns were challenged to take on the Mongol Rally, which is a race against the elements with only the basics for company.
The Rally, which took place in July, required participants to purchase a vehicle for less than £500 and to map a full route to drive a whopping 10,000+ miles across Europe and Asia. Ambitious adventurers navigated their way through the mountains, deserts and wilderness of various countries including Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia before finishing in Siberia’s Ulan-Ude, close to Lake Baikal.
As a company, we encourage future employees to propose and present a social enterprise they are passionate about to its Community Support Committee for consideration. Interns Charles and Adam chose environmental charity Cool Earth as their organisation of choice, and successfully conquered the treacherous journey in a Toyota Yaris. Well done boys!
Punchi Muthi Pre-School
The Punchi Muthi Pre-School in Sri Lanka is part of a non profit organisation called the Mission Rainbow Foundation, founded by Pastor Neil Obeysekera in 2004. Mission Rainbow was established in response to the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka in 2004.
Feeling compelled to offer meaningful, long term assistance to the victims of this natural disaster, Pastor Neil founded the Punchi Muthu Pre-School.
Punchi Muthu offers school readiness education to children from underprivileged families, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to gain admission into reputed schools for their future education. They also teach valuable life skills that address the physical, social, mental and spiritual needs of the child.
Holborn Assets has long been a supporter of the organisation and all the worthy work it carries out.