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 an 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. That partnership continues as we join World Sailing’s campaign to Back the Bid and see sailing reinstated to the Paralympic Games in LA 2028.
As part of its strategic plan, World Sailing aims to increase worldwide participation in the Para World Events to 40 nations across four continents. Since 2017, we have provided selected freight services free of charge or at significantly reduced rates to allow as many member nations to 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.
MARS25 – going beyond for people and planet
In March 2021, GAC UK launched its sustainability programme, MARS25 with our first target date of 2025 encouraging evidenced behavioural change in line with the actions outlined in the strategy, for the improved well-being of our people, reducing our impact on the planet and influencing others to do the same. We will MEASURE, take ACTION and continuously REVIEW our objectives to achieve the SUCCESS of our ten-year programme. Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) our sustainability objectives form the framework of our ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) management system.