As an established business, Lowes is in the fortunate position of being able to not only acknowledge its social responsibilities but also provide support to a wide range of charitable causes. This is achieved through the allocation of a percentage of annual profits, as well as other initiatives, including staff sponsored and supported events.
Our account with the Charities Aid Foundation (Registered Charity Number 268369) also benefits from contributions from third parties, being redirected product co-operation and distribution fees that would be due to Lowes but where the investor is a Lowes client.
Each member of Lowes staff nominates a preferred UK registered charity which will receive a minimal annual donation and new clients to Lowes are also asked to nominate or selected a charity to benefit. Lowes has continued to support staff as they participated in the Great North Run, ziplines and sponsored walks in aid of charities. Beyond that, support is given at the direction of Lowes Charity Committee with the funds coming either directly from the Lowes business bank account or via the Charities Aid Foundation.
We are grateful that we are able to support many great causes but appreciate that ours is, to a large extent, simply a ‘cheque book charity’ and many individuals dedicate much to their free time and more, supporting charities close to their hearts. An additional purpose of the Committee is to embed the culture of charitable giving within the company and to raise employee awareness of the many such unsung heroes who freely give their time and effort to help others in a less fortunate position than themselves.
We encourage participation in charitable events, such as regular MacMillan Coffee mornings, food bank donations and Jeans for Genes days, and Lowes contributes £50 to a charity of choice on staff members birthday.
Click here to access the Lowes 2018 charity report and discover how we helped the community last year.