A Global Community

At EC, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Responsible behaviour is our signature – it’s part of everything we do. EC’s CSR Charter is based on three pillars that guide us in our conduct of responsible business around the world: Sustainability, Education and Community.

Sustainability

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

All EC Centres promote a ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ policy, taking steps to reduce consumption of energy and natural resources while maintaining a comprehensive recycling policy.

Offsetting our Carbon Footprint

Since we first measured our carbon footprint in 2012, we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by more than half, and every year we off-set all business flights to reduce our footprint even further by making a monetary donation to www.carbonfootprint.com.

Our long-term vision

Our ultimate goal is to become the most environmentally-friendly English language school in the world, and to achieve this we’re aiming at becoming completely carbon neutral, which means we take out as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as we put in.

Education

As part of our academic programme we include a focus on social, cultural, economic and environmental issues in our lessons, one-off lectures and school media.

Our academic programme continues to evolve and give CSR more prominence through practical assignments including volunteering for organizations in the community.

Our students are actively encouraged to participate in fundraising and volunteering in the local community of our destinations.

Community

Cambodia

In collaboration with United World Schools, we have built a school in Cambodia, which will provide education for over 165 local children that would otherwise have no access to it. They will be able to learn music, art, sport, numeracy & fluency in Khmer, the national language, greatly improving their prospects. A well will also be built to provide clean drinking water to the village. EC will continue to maintain the school through fundraising activities and will provide opportunities for our staff to visit the school and volunteer.

Fundraising

We have local community projects in several of our centres, and fundraising for local (and global) charities happens year-round in all of our locations, supported by the EC Fundraising Policy, which matches the funds raised by our staff for global and local community campaigns. In addition, our schools annually celebrate World Environment Day and World Teacher’s Day.

Volunteering

With our EC Volunteering Policy, all qualifying staff can request up to 8 hours paid time away from work to volunteer for the cause of their choice, while the EC Sabbatical Policy enables qualifying staff up to 12 weeks away from the office for career development (including voluntary work) linked to our Primary Purpose.

Timeline

2012 Launched our first ‘Giving Back’ annual event; measured our carbon footprint for the first time
2013 Started delivering training to EC staff on social responsibility; sabbatical, volunteering & fundraising policies launched; World Environment Day celebrated for the first time
2014 3 Peaks Challenge raises over €10,000 for charity; more than a 50% reduction in carbon emissions since 2012 baseline
2015 Investment in carbon reduction programmes to off-set business flights; launch of English in the City elective
2016 Completion of our first school in Cambodia in collaboration with United World Schools

Past Events

Every year, staff at EC Malta put their running shoes on to join in the President’s Fun Run, raising funds for the islands charitable organisations.

In November, EC staff all over the world (including those shown here at EC San Diego) grow moustaches in support of Movember.

Every EC centre gets involved in fund-raising, whether it’s for small local charities or global causes.

Students from EC San Diego regularly visit the local nursing home, where they get to meet the residents and practise their English!

Staff and teachers at EC London organise a yearly charity event to raise money for 'Children in Need'.

When natural disasters hit, such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, EC schools, such as EC Cape Town, do what they can to raise funds for charities like Red Cross.

EC participates in regular community activities at its centres throughout the year. Here, staff from our head office in Malta do a spot of gardening to help out Inspire, a Maltese charity that provides support for people with disabilities.

At EC Toronto, boxes of gifts are put together and distributed across the world for Operation Christmas Child, helping to bring joy to a child in need.

For the annual EC Giving Back Day, staff at EC Cape Town visit the Barcelona Children’s Home where they plant vegetables and maintain the existing vegetable garden as well as reading stories, playing games and making crafts with the children.