Every year, we undertake specific projects which we believe make a significant tangible difference to the chosen cause. While we provide financial assistance to these projects, we also encourage our people to engage directly in them and allocate time for them to do so. We also provide matched funding for each approved fundraising activity by individual staff members.
We have a strong conviction that "doing is better than talking" and our CSR structure is designed with this in mind. It comprises a Steering Group of staff volunteers who determine the focus of effort every year and the distribution of the annual fund allocated by the company to CSR. We focus on two priority areas: projects involving children and those involving education, both overseas and in Ireland.
Contributing to the less fortunate in our community is very important to our staff around the world.
We recently announced our legacy project with BYC, a charity which provides comprehensive youth services to disadvantaged children and teens in the North East Inner City (NEIC).
BYC is to receive funding from SMBC Aviation Capital, to undertake a transformational legacy project in its facility based in Dublin 1. SMBC Aviation Capital, will donate €710,000 to the initiative over a three year period. The funding will facilitate refurbishment works and the creation of a hub for restorative practice in Ireland.
BYC provides homework facilities, a recreational space for sport, art and drama and a hot meal for between 70 – 90 children and teenagers daily.The charity was originally set up by Belvedere School over 100 years ago, but is now run independently.
LauraLynn is one of SMBC Aviation Capital's main charity partners and recently we funded their Technology upgrade within the hospice.
The professional care staff at LauraLynn rely on a variety of technologies, hardware and software to enable and enhance the work they do with children and families who avail of their services.
We have a strong relationship with LauraLynn that includes ongoing staff participation in fundraising and volunteering activities and financial support for new projects.
In conjunction with Open Arms Malawi, we have funded and helped build, a weekday hostel for girls so they can attend school without threats to their safety, two nursery feeding stations and we have funded a new vehicle to help Open Arms with their community outreach programme. Since 2016, ten of our employees have, each year, travelled to Malawi to assist with the construction of a new project, with the support of the company and their colleagues.
The SUAS paired reading project is one that is at the heart of our CSR activity.
Did you know that one in ten children in Ireland has serious difficulties with literacy and in some disadvantaged schools, this rises to one in three children?
SUAS has helped over 3,300 children from the most disadvantaged communities in Ireland to improve their literacy skills through one-to-one mentoring and learning materials and our volunteers have helped achieve some great results through the time and effort they have put in to this project.
We have a successful partnership with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID).
Situated within the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, TCPID aims to promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in education and society. Their mission is to enable people with intellectual disabilities, develop their potential through a combination of high quality research, dissemination of new knowledge, lifelong learning and professional training.
Established in 2010, the Trinity SMF became the first student managed fund in Europe. Run entirely by students, the fund which has 600 members, aims to develop students’ skills in equity analysis, investing and risk management. As well as being an unparalleled educational resource for students, the fund also offers numerous opportunities for networking and professional development.
The Trinity SMF spans a wide
variety of faculties including business, STEM and law among others.
Since its inception, the fund has grown consistently year-on-year. One
of the key objectives behind the sponsorship is to increase female
participation in the fund, a goal which is shared by SMBC Aviation
Capital which aims to increase female participation in its own graduate
programme and in the aircraft leasing industry. Female membership in
the fund is now at 41%. This is largely thanks to the Women in Business
initiative, a dedicated group which encourages female involvement in all
aspects of the fund. A key feature of the sponsorship will be a special
EduClass Series event where SMBC Aviation Capital will present to
students on the role of the aircraft leasing industry in Ireland and the
skills needed to advance a career in the sector.
Following the recent refurbishment and reopening of the historic wings,
the National Gallery of Ireland has re-launched its Corporate
Partnership Programme and is delighted to welcome SMBC Aviation Capital,
one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, as the first to
join since the re-opening.