CSR Project 2018

Shanghai Young Bakers – New Mixers

Shanghai Young Bakers

Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB) is a well-established charitable organisation incorporating a social enterprise component. SYB empowers severely disadvantaged Chinese youths (aged 17 to 23) with little chance of an education or of a qualified, stable job by equipping them with professional qualifications and skills that they will be able to rely on for the rest of their lives.

Each year up to 32 youths are admitted to an intensive and high quality bakery and pastry training programme enabling them to find qualified jobs and lead independent lives after graduation. These youths are lifted out of poverty, thereby impacting the youths themselves, but also family members such as siblings, elderly grandparents, 
sick or disabled parents who rely on them for their livelihood.

This year the Chamber will provide funds to purchase eight new industrial dough mixers for the training kitchen replacing the existing mixers, which are coming to the end of their serviceable life. They are regularly breaking down or/and need maintenance, disrupting teaching and making it difficult for the students to all receive equal quality teaching.

The Chamber's contribution will make a sustainable difference, not just for this year but over the life of the mixers. In addition, members will be able to further participate and support SYB social enterprise activities by purchasing from their event catering catalogue and using the facilities for team building events and classes. Further details will be circulated to members over the coming weeks but in the meantime please visit www.shanghaiyoungbakers.com for more details.

HandsOn Shanghai - Beach Clean Up Volunteer programme

HandsOn Shanghai logo

HandsOn Shanghai aims to promote volunteerism, inspire, equip and mobilise people to take action that changes the world.  

One such area of action is Marine Pollution - a growing crisis globally and especially here in China. Since 2014, HandsOn Shanghai has mobilised volunteers to clean up local beaches in Shanghai, as well as the tangible removal of trash. The aim has been that this would raise awareness for ocean and marine life protection, and ultimately reduce damage to the marine environment. 

With the challenge itself only continuing to grow - by some estimates it is possible that there will be more trash in our oceans than fish by 2050 - HandsOn Shanghai is now looking to scale up its efforts at the beaches and make significant investments in awareness campaigns focused on behavioral change and education the 'Next Generation'. Be it through the change of consumer habits, and reduction of waste creation, or through community awareness and cleanup campaigns aimed at communities taking responsibility for litter.

During 2018, HandsOn Shanghai will engage up to 3,000 volunteers from local communities, schools, universities, and companies to participate in more than 100 clean up activities along Shanghai water ways and beaches. 

This beach clean up activity programme will be supported by a number of other awareness building and educational activities to help build sustainability.

The Chamber’s contribution will help to fund the costs associated with the beach clean up events, particularly bus transportation to the clean up areas. This contribution will also allow members' staff to participate in these events. More details on this programme and how members can participate will follow shortly. In the meantime please visit www.handsonshanghai.org for more details.

If you would like to learn more information on any of our CSR work, then please contact CSR@britishchambershanghai.org.