Business as a Force for Good – charity, community and CSR
Ever since Owen Mumford began making medical devices, safety has always been at the heart of everything we do. We have long been recognised as pioneers in the design and manufacture of safe products, but we also understand our social and environmental responsibility is fundamental to our business. This has involved Owen Mumford partaking in many initiatives that support our local community as we recognise the importance of respecting not just the global environment but our local ones too.
At Owen Mumford, we have ambitions to help lead the way in terms of sustainability; both as a business through innovative, sustainable manufacturing practices and in producing environmentally friendly medical devices. Owen Mumford is rightly proud of it standing as a responsible business and has already gone far in achieving its targets in this area including:
- New Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations on UK sites
- Solar arrays to reduce carbon emissions
- Renewable energy sources for all our UK facilities
- Zero waste going to landfill
- Procuring recycled printer paper where possible
- FSC approved packaging from sustainable source
- Improving segregation of office waste for recycling and the removal of wastepaper bins
- Power down initiatives to reduce unnecessary energy usage
- Fitting auto light sensors and replacing old light bulbs with LED
In addition to this Owen Mumford has participated in employee wellbeing initiatives and various charity fundraising activities.
In October last year, Owen Mumford celebrated World Mental Health Day, marking an important moment for us as a business, as we proudly demonstrated our commitment to mental health awareness within the workplace. This is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma and was first celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation spanning more than 150 countries worldwide.
To support World Mental Health Day, workshops were held and information stations were established at our Woodstock and Chipping Norton sites run by the Human Resources department and the newly formed Wellness Committee with support from the Banbury Therapy Centre. The workshops created a safe environment for individuals so that they could share their own experiences, initiate conversations and helped to develop a greater understanding of mental health.
Owen Mumford also participates in multiple fundraising events for charities that share a common goal of making a world of difference to a world of people.
Inspired by the previous success of raising money for ASPIRE last year Owen Mumford rose to the challenge again. The aim was to swim the length of the English Channel over the course of 12 weeks; that means completing 1,408 lengths of a typical 25m pool. The ASPIRE Channel Swim was a great opportunity for associates to pull together and motivate each other raising funds for a great cause. The ASPIRE charity helps people with spinal cord injuries by funding wheelchairs, sports equipment, assistive technology and grants to help change lives.
Further fundraising efforts included back in October whereby associates were treated to a fantastic cake and bake sale to raise funds for HELP for HEROES. This was our second cake and bake sale for HELP for HEROES, riding on the back of the previous year’s successful event, which raised funds for this worthy cause. Further fundraising efforts included raising thousands of pounds for the Macmillan coffee morning and also raising money for cancer research UK which Owen Mumford has now done for the past 12 years.
Owen Mumford is always looking for ways to give back and understands the importance of being a responsible employer to its associates and to its local community.
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