Corporate Social Responsibility

Paterson & Cooke is committed to making a positive impact on the communities and environment in which we work. Through our various offices we identify and support activities, projects or organisations that fall into three specific categories, namely:
  • Skills development (including literacy, education and training)
  • Conservation and the environment (including the reduction, re-use and recycling of waste)
  • Health and welfare (including community upliftment and poverty relief)

Paterson & Cooke’s offices in South Africa support the following projects:

  • St Luke's Hospice Tree of Lights - by donating towards the running of the Hospice so that they can continue to help those in need at no cost
  • Sunflower Fund- enabling the South African Bone Marrow Registry to recruit stem cell donors
  • Learn to Earn - donating resources such as sewing machines to this skills development organisation
  • Libhongo Happiness Kunene - has had her education sponsored for almost all of her schooling
  • Rosmead Primary School - by sponsoring teaching assistants to help Grade 1 students who struggle with English
  • The Clothing Bank - an organization that empowers unemployed mothers through enterprise development so that they can become financially and socially independent
  • Soil for Life - by providing funds for the establishment and construction of a training centre for this organisation that provides hands-on training to food-insecure people, as well as sponsoring five gardeners per year to be trained at Soil for Life so that they are able to create gardens that can feed their families and eventually generate an income
  • Greenpop - supporting the planting of trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental awareness, and activate people through green festivals and workshops across Southern Africa

Paterson & Cooke’s offices in North America donate to various institutions, including:

  • The Shoebox Project - distributes shoe boxes to homeless and at-risk women across Canada and the US. The shoe boxes are filled with items to enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis
  • The American Red Cross – an organization that prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors
  • The Adoption Exchange – recruits families for abused and neglected children and supports adoptive families
  • The Denver Rescue Mission – meets people at their physical and spiritual points of need, with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens
  • Energy Outreach – the only independent non-profit in the state raising money to help provide home energy assistance to low-income Coloradans
  • Food Bank of the Rockies – provides food for more than 350,000 people annually
  • Peruvian Hearts – empowers adolescent girls through education and mentorship to enable them to follow their dreams and become strong women who will be leaders in their families, communities, and country
  • Seeds of Hope Children’s Ministry USA – addresses the plight of children orphaned because of AIDS
  • Susan G Koman for the Cure – a global leader of the breast cancer movement, investing hundreds of millions of dollars each year for research, education, screening and treatment