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Invesco Ltd. is committed to responsible corporate citizenship and encourages employees to play active roles in the growth and development of the communities in which they live and work. By donating time, energy and other resources, the Invesco team supports a variety of local and international programs for the arts, education, sports, the environment and charitable organizations. Highlights include:
Invesco Asia-Pacific employees support local charitable initiatives by taking part in a charity run, bike ride and dress special day, with all donations going to charitable organizations in support of local community services.
One of the major charities supported by Invesco Australia employees is the JMB Foundation, a charity founded to help young victims of Acquired Brain Injury. In support of the JMB Foundation, Invesco provided running shirts worn by JMB team members and volunteers at the annual Melbourne Marathon. In 2011, there were 300 JMB runners, including Tim McDonald of Invesco Australia's finance team, and 400 volunteers. The JMB Foundation raised around A$100,000 and won the social team events in the half marathon and 10km runs. The JMB Foundation is extremely grateful to Invesco for its ongoing support.
Separately, eight staff members of Invesco Australia endured biting winds, piercing rain and chilly conditions in the annual "Around the Bay in a Day" cycling event – Australia's premier mass participation bike ride that attracted more than 10,000 riders. Commendably, the Invesco team raised over A$1,500 for a very worthy charity – The Smith Family that provides support for underprivileged people to pursue better educational opportunities.
In support of the annual Dress Casual Day charitable event organized by The Community Chest of Hong Kong, employees in Hong Kong took part in the occasion to show their care for the needy by giving a donation and dressing in their favorite outfits to work. Staff members raised a total of approximately HK$28,000 in 2011. All the donations collected for this annual event will be allocated to Family and Child Welfare Services, which provides services to the children, youth and families in Hong Kong that are at risk. The idea to dress casual on a workday to raise funds for charity originated in the US. The Community Chest first introduced this idea to Hong Kong in 1993 and receives continued support from the business community for its annual charitable event.
In partnership with the Atlanta Foundation, Invesco employees in Hyderabad support the Republic and Freedom ride, two of India's biggest corporate cycling events. Funds are raised to help under privileged students through educational programs that create meaningful career opportunities for students who otherwise lack such support.
This year the Freedom Ride took place to commemorate India's 64th Independence Day. The fourth edition of the ride saw 5000 riders who participated in the event made up of over 21 corporate teams with Team Invesco leading the list with 15 riders.
Recently the Invesco Cares team in Hyderabad organized various events celebrating World Environment Day. These events raised awareness about the significance of the environment and helping to save the earth. A painting competition was the first event to take place, followed by a free pollution check on 62 employee vehicles and 46 cabs that were certified pollution free, a dry waste collection week and a tree plantation drive.
Invesco Tokyo employees demonstrated their care for the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami by initiating a series of charity activities and voluntarily organizing a Relief Effort Committee. This Committee consists of two working teams: the Needs Aid Team, which collects relief supplies and provides volunteer activity information to Tokyo staff; and the Fundraising Team, which supports fundraising activities. Both teams, with the commitment and fervent support of individual staff members, initiated various voluntary services and activities since the earthquake, including production of "Stronger Together and Unite our Heart" T-shirts and participation in charity walk and Oxfam Trailwalker, and charity bowling competition to raise money for the Japan Red Cross Society; volunteering for relief work such as taking part in damage clean-up efforts in Miyagi Prefecture, as well as donation of relief supplies for children such as clothes, shoes and stationery.
Invesco cares about giving back and is committed to investing in our local communities. Just over ten years ago, Gov. Roy Barnes helped create the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) as part of his educational reform plan. The institute has sustained and expanded their mission now as a fully private nonprofit organization. Loren Starr, CFO of Invesco and the current GLISI Board Secretary/Treasurer recently presented a donation from Invesco to the organization.
Invesco Atlanta employees serve their community by proudly partnering with Park Pride, an organization dedicated to improving Atlanta parks and green spaces.
They frequently feed the homeless community with Crossroads Atlanta; collect food and serve at the Atlanta Community Food Bank; support Dress for Success with clothing drives and teach financial literacy with Junior Achievement. Invesco Atlanta is also a dedicated supporter of the American Red Cross, hosting two blood drives annually.
This year, employees at Invesco's Atlanta office chose to commemorate the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by giving back to the city they call home. Employees participated in three service activities around Atlanta, including collecting cellphones for military servicemen, cleaning up a local park and feeding the homeless.
Invesco in Canada is a national partner for the annual Bowl for Kids Sake event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Employees participate in these events and other charitable activities year round, including Daffodil Day for the Canadian Cancer Society, Dress for Success, the Easter Seals Relay, the Big Bike ride for Heart and Stroke, and annual fundraising efforts to support the Christmas Family Assistance Program.
Invesco PowerShares employees in Oakbrook, sponsored Cuisine for a Cause, and raised in excess of $123,000* for Naperville CARES, participated in wits (working in the schools) raising $529 and participated in the Invesco Cares Spring 2012 Electronics and Eyeglasses recycling drive. Employees also attended Care to Cure: A Sunday Brunch one of the only local American Diabetes Association events that provides camp scholarships to ensure that as many children as possible are able to attend.
Invesco employees in Houston are actively involved in supporting a variety of local charities through a combination of Invesco Cares sponsored hands-on events and donation drives.
Among the agencies that we have or are currently partnering with are Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dress for Success, HEB Feast of Sharing, Houston Food Bank, Houston Society for the Protection of Animals, Junior Achievement, MD Anderson Cancer Center Children's Art Project, the Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, and Small Steps Nurturing Center. Through these partnerships we assist children, families, homeless veterans as well as abandoned and abused animals in our hometown.
Invesco Cares New York (ICNY) Chapter supports the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Manhattan. Volunteers perform services for the RMH that include organizing and cleaning several large closets consisting of various previously donated items (clothing, towels, toiletries, etc.); cleaning/sanitizing playrooms to provide a safe environment for pediatric cancer patients. ICNY assists in raising funds to be used to sponsor families that cannot afford the $35 per night fee to stay at the RMH.
UK and Ireland
Invesco Dublin employees bring their collective efforts together and give back to their local community by supporting their local charity, Barretstown - a specially designed camp that provides therapeutic recreation programs for children with serious illnesses and their families.
The Invesco Cares UK Group run out of the Henley and London offices focuses on smaller charities where the Group can really make a difference. The Group offers support to a wide range of initiatives, schools and organizations through sponsorships, events and volunteering. Local schools benefit with funding for equipment and local charities are able to benefit with funding to support both equipment purchases and services as well as events that the local community can all share in.
Invesco Perpetual sponsors an annual challenge, one day hiking and a second day of biking some tough British terrain. Organized mainly for our retail client community, but now supported strongly by employees from around the Invesco world, this event raises money for The Youth Adventure Trust, a charity in the UK, that provides vulnerable young people with the chance to try new things and challenge themselves in order to show them that they could achieve more than they thought. This year the 153 participants raised over £117,000 for this worthwhile charity www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk