Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race’s first Ocean Summit in Alicante in October 2018, GAC Pindar led the way to GAC UK signing the United Nations Environment #CleanSeas initiative committing to reduce plastic and other waste. #CleanSeas encourages companies, individuals, governments and not-for-profit organisations to commit to taking pledges, which include implementing measurable actions to reduce single use plastic waste and inspiring staff, stakeholders and suppliers to do likewise.
Since then, GAC UK has significantly reduced single-use plastics in its offices and every GAC company in Europe has signed up to the pledge. Many beach cleans have been carried out by companies and individuals on an annual basis. GAC Pindar joined visiting pro sailors and The Final Straw Solent in the summer of 2019 to clean-up an inner city beach in Southampton, with the aim of formulating a longer-term plan for the site.
GAC UK’s three-year support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution ended in 2019 with a grand total of £75,000 raised for the charity through financial donations and staff fundraising initiatives. In 2020, Mind and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) were named as GAC UK’s designated charities, nominated by colleagues from our 23 offices up and down the country. This coincided with an inter-company Mental Health Matters Campaign, highlighting the importance of a corporate culture in which mental health problems are recognised and can be discussed openly.
Sailing for all
In 2017, GAC Pindar became official partner to World Sailing, providing marine logistics services to improve planning and provide cost savings to World Sailing, Member National Authorities (MNAs) and individual sailors during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic cycle.
That partnership and the cost savings it brought play a leading role in supporting the mission to reinstate Paralympic Sailing back into the Sports Programmes of the future.
As part of its strategic plan, World Sailing aims to increase worldwide participation in the Para World Events to 40 nations across four continents by the end of 2020. Over the past four years, we have provided selected freight services free of charge or at significantly reduced rates to allow as many member nations attend these events as possible. We continue to source cost effective logistics solutions across World Sailing’s portfolio of events with further financial support put back into the sport, to be distributed by World Sailing to areas of most need.