Charity of the Year
In 2001 we introduced a Charity of the Year which is nominated and voted on by our employees. Since 2008, over £130,000 has been raised for a variety of charities including Cancer Research, DementiaUK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Macmillan, MIND, Shelter UK, Teenage Cancer Trust, Thame21 and Whizz Kids through activities including marathons, skydives, and internal raffles.
PPL Charity of the Year 2022
PPL’s 2022 Charity of the Year was the British Heart Foundation. PPL supported the charity in 2020 and 2021 and, due to pandemic disruption, decided to continue its support into 2022. The BHF’s vision is to work towards a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. To achieve this, it raises money to research cures and treatments.
Our commitment to good causes
In addition to our nominated annual charity, we support a number of good causes.
British Association for Performing Arts Medicines (BAPAM) mission is to achieve nationwide occupational health provision for professional, semi-professional and student performing artists, including health promotion, education and clinical advice for performance-related health problems suffered by musicians, singers, actors, dancers and other performers.
The English Schools’ Orchestra and Choir (ESO), founded in 1994, exists to provide the opportunity for talented young orchestral musicians and singers, still in full-time education, to meet and perform with other similarly talented young people from all over the country.
PPL makes an annual donation to the national charity that supports and promotes hospital broadcasting in the UK. It currently consists of 227 individual broadcasting stations, representing a large number of volunteers. Patients in many UK hospitals benefit from programmes designed to make life better for people in hospital and aid their recovery.
Music for Youth is a national youth arts charity working to provide young people aged 21 and under across the UK with free, life-changing performance and progression opportunities, regardless of background or musical style.
PPL is a longstanding supporter of the music industry charity Nordoff Robbins which brings music’s transforming power to children and adults in need, through its therapy services, music and health projects and community music projects, as well as education programmes and research. Throughout the year, PPL supports a number of fundraising events where the proceeds are donated to Nordoff Robbins.
The BRIT School is a free Performing Arts and Technology School. It is an independent state-funded City College for the Technology of the Arts, dedicated to education and vocational training for the performing arts, media, art and design and the technologies that make performance possible. As a school for 14 to 19-year-olds, it is unique in its approach to education.
Established in 1989 and entirely funded by the music industry, the Trust’s mission is to give young people the chance to express their musical creativity regardless of their race, class, sex or ability. Throughout the year, PPL supports events such as The BRIT Awards and the Music Industry Trusts Award which give the proceeds from the event to the Trust to support a number of worthy causes. The BRIT Trust has, as of 2017, raised more than £20 million for these initiatives.
The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production. PPL is a key sponsor at the Radio Festival and other music-related Academy events.
The Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (YMSO) is Britain’s leading orchestra for young musicians on the threshold of their professional careers. It provides invaluable experience to those who are studying or have recently completed their training and exists to give these talented musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform as well as receive coaching from top professionals and work with eminent conductors and soloists.
PPL’s donations are used to fund workshops for schools in the Soho and Westminster vicinity near the company offices. The Foundation, which is chaired by Lady Judy Martin and of which her late husband, Sir George Martin was a patron, helps young people to appreciate and enjoy music through educational workshops and live orchestral concerts.
Our commitment to the environment
PPL is committed to integrating environmental best practice into its business activities where it is possible to do so. We accept our environmental responsibilities and recognise our obligation to reduce the impact of business activities on the environment. Through our environmental commitments we aim to:
- Minimise consumption of natural resources, including energy, water and raw materials, as far as is reasonably practicable;
- Reduce the production of waste and develop effective waste management and recycling procedures, as well as disposing of unavoidable waste in such a way as to minimise its environmental impact.
- Strive to use energy in the most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible manner possible;
- Establish environmental objectives and targets, and measure performance against these targets;
- Raise awareness amongst members of staff through appropriate education and training, encouraging them to become more environmentally responsible;
- Encourage awareness of, and commitment to, improved environmental performance amongst suppliers (where applicable); and
- Communicate this policy to members of staff, and engage with them to ensure that they take an active role in its implementation and review.