Corporate Social Responsibility/The Joan Duncan Foundation
The Joan Duncan (JD) Foundation was registered and incorporated in 2008 as a charitable non-profit organization.
To enable Jamaicans to tap into their potential for greatness and have their greatness impact their own lives and enhance the lives of their communities. This will ultimately lead to a more prosperous and abundant society.
- To support the building of our society in the areas of education for primary school children, all the way to university education
- To support the building of the disciplines that impact thinking, knowledge, behaviour and practices for success
- To support the society to take responsibility for the environment towards sustainable development
- To support people and leadership development projects including education about self and our heritage
JMMB’s commitment to nation building and people empowerment was strongly manifested during the 2012-13 Financial Year through several high-impact outreach activities spanning community enhancement, culture, education and training, health and sports. This focus on inspiring positive change was fueled by the Company’s unique Vision of Love and, in 2012 in particular, gained traction through its ‘Power of One – One Team, One Love’ messaging which promoted the importance of incorporating values of love, openness, honesty, integrity and care into all internal and external relationships.
The Group encourages its team members to be active and proactive within the company’s host communities island wide and as such its branch network earnestly supports localised initiatives by devoting time, talent and financial backing to charitable activities. Accordingly, team players recognise the links between the organization and the wider society and the inter-relatedness of all life. In keeping with this, JMMB is committed to being actively concerned with the conservation, preservation and sustenance of the natural environment in order to ensure sustainable development.
JMMB therefore proudly recognises its social responsibility, taking its involvement in charitable and voluntary activities very seriously and understanding that it has everything to do with JMMB being a part of the link in the wider societal chain.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Scholarships and School Facilities
In its thrust to create premium educational access for children, the JMMB Group, through its Joan Duncan Foundation, provided J$600,000 in academic scholarships to several individuals and the CCMB Scholarship Programme. The Calabar Foundation also received a contribution of J$500,000 to help with the construction of a new block of classrooms at the school.
On ‘Read Across Jamaica Day’, a large group of team members from the financial group’s island wide branch network read with students in 18 schools across Jamaica as they joined in what was a corporate Jamaica-led response to the challenge of illiteracy in Jamaica.
Business Development and Ethics
At the tertiary level, the company in late 2011 contributed a J$81.7million to the University of Technology’s (UTECH) Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JD SEEL) in the College of Business and Management. This donation has continued to help advance teaching and research in entrepreneurship, economic growth and moral considerations in business decision making and values-based leadership.
Significant investments were also made in the areas of youth skills training and job creation through the Youth Upliftment Through Employment (Y.U.T.E.) programme. Y.U.T.E. is geared at empowering unattached youth in depressed communities by improving their employability and giving them opportunities for gainful employment and JMMB is helping to facilitate this through monetary support, employing participants as well as having team leaders involved in Y.U.T.E. training sessions.
JMMB plays a further strong leadership role in the programme’s implementation through leadership and guidance from Group CEO, Keith Duncan, who chairs the Programme Development and Execution team and Imani Duncan-Price, our Group Strategy Manager, who adds her expertise to the project steering the Communications and Creative Engagement process.
In Jamaica, the company continued to champion the cause of children when it hosted the 11th Annual Pickney Love concert in December 2012. The family themed event produced a thrilling entertainment package that raised funds for the Dare to Care Children’s Home, a haven for children living with HIV/AIDs.
The Montego-based Community for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), is another of JMMB’s trademark charities. CUMI’s comprehensive rehabilitation programme helps improve the lives of the mentally ill and homeless. JMMB is particularly involved in the sustenance of the day centre’s children’s programme that supports children of mentally ill persons. The CUMI organisers work along with various partners to find the appropriate supportive mechanism and the best learning tools to afford each child an opportunity to realise his or her full potential and JMMB proudly undertakes all the financial costs associated with raising the children, as well as for interventions.
Labour Day 2012
Motivated by the 2012 Labour Day theme ‘Step Forward, Make Jamaica Beautiful’, JMMB joined national efforts in celebrating Jamaica 50 by transforming a section of the National Heroes’ Park through landscaping, painting and other beautification activities.
Coastal Clean Up
The Group partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Jamaica on a three-city beach cleanup activity in observance of International Coastal Clean-Up Day in 2012. The activity also saw the Montego Bay Rotaract Club winning $100,000 from JMMB for collecting the most garbage, a prize that benefitted a charity of their choice.
JMMB’s partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) resulted in the renovation of the Control Booth at the National Stadium. This new housing will assist the swim officials to more accurately record swimmers’ times.
JMMB has supported Jamaica’s participation in world-class competitive football internationally through sponsorships, as well as the professional development of the sport locally through a three-year partnership with the JMMB/JFF/UTECH Coaching Programme. The investment in coaching has better equipped our local coaches with the skills to build consistently technically-sound players at all levels of the game.
Additionally, JMMB donated J$460,000 to the hosting of the CARIFTA Games in Jamaica through sponsorship of the Jamaica Team.
Corporate Fundraising Walks
In keeping with their desire to be involved, JMMB team members joined like-minded individuals and companies in the Grace Kennedy Education 5K to help raise funds to support education programmes in the Down Town area inner-city communities.
The ‘Power Walk for Dress for Success 5K’ also attracted JMMB support with a team of 24 team members participating in the event that promotes economic independence and healthy life.
The team copped several prizes, including:
- Best Dressed Corporate Team
- First Male Finisher: Omar Edwards
- First Female Finisher: Iman Bolton
- Largest Participating Team
In support of the Jamaican culture, JMMB sponsored two major cultural events namely, Ntukuma Cultural Support – Oral Tradition / Storytelling Festival and sponsorship of ‘Di Blueprint Band’ to attend the Global Battle of the Bands in London to represent Jamaica, where they emerged victors.
Additionally, JMMB offered brand sponsorships to several other groups and organisations to aid in their outreach and development initiatives. These include the Constant Spring Golf Club, Agency for Renewal, Jamaica Down Syndrome Foundation, the UTech School of Advanced Management, Chin Yees Travel Service and Panache Entertainment.
The IBL Banking Group in Trinidad and Tobago continued to invest in ‘Mental Math – an annual inter school math Olympiad for primary schools. In the Dominican Republic, a campaign to encourage financial literacy in children was activated in partnership with Junior Achievement, through its ‘My Money Business’ seminars. Also, the Madeleas girls’ home was adopted as part of the Company’s efforts to empower young women.
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