gg csr

Corporate Social Responsibility

gg strongly believes in honouring its corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the impact its activities may have on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public. CSR considerations are part of its strategic vision and decision-making. gg embraces a holistic approach to measuring its success in achieving CSR objectives in terms of the triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit.

gg believes success is to be shared. We are currenlty developing a strategy for partnering with like-minded organisations to achieve shared CSR goals. We believe such partnerships will bring greater focus and deliver a more powerful proposition for making a difference with our vision.

Microfinance

Our goal is to establish an investment fund that will invest in microfinance projects where the need is greatest, and to support specific UNICEF projects. The goals of the fund are to make the impossible possible, to make dreams a reality, and to make a difference in the lives of those who want and deserve a better life. This involves not only giving people the tools, techniques, structure, ongoing support and knowledge they need to create great wealth (and not only in financial terms), but enhancing all aspects of their lives, including health, housing, education – the holistic approach.

Grameen Bank

gg has been inspired by the work of Professor Muhammad Yunus, who started the Grameen Bank  in 1976 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.  Professor Yunus identified microfinancing as a powerful poverty-fighting tool that helps people to escape poverty by giving them collateral-free loans and other financial services to support income-generating businesses. As each loan is repaid, the money is redistributed as loans to others, thereby multiplying its impact.

Acumen Fund

Another source of inspiration is the work of Jacqueline Novogratz, the Founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund.  In her revealing book The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, Jacqueline tells of her experiences in Africa and illustrates how "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient, taking them out of poverty.  

UNICEF Australia

Our greatest support has come from Carolyn Hardy, CEO of UNICEF Australia. Carolyn has been a much valued source of inspiration through her passionate dedication to her work at UNICEF and the guidance she has provided gg in its thirst for knowledge and expertise while developing its CSR strategic vision.

The initial focus of our CSR strategy will be on microfinance and we welcome the opportunity to discuss this inspiring concept with like-minded organisations.

The power in change with anything comes from not just one person, 
but many people holding the same values and beliefs.