Kingspan Group announces five-year global partnership with humanitarian aid agency GOAL

16 November 2021 Kingspan Group
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L to R: Kingspan Global Head of Sustainability, Bianca Wong & GOAL Director of Fundraising, Eamon Sharkey
  • Planet Passionate Communities is a new initiative to deliver philanthropic projects aligned with Kingspan’s sustainability programme
  • International humanitarian response agency GOAL is named as flagship Planet Passionate Communities partner
  • First joint project is to build hospital wing in Puerto Cortes, Honduras

 
Kingspan Group, the global leader in advanced insulation and building solutions, today launches Planet Passionate Communities, a programme that will support people and communities around the world while using resources in the most responsible way possible.

Planet Passionate Communities is the philanthropic arm of the Group’s ambitious 10-year sustainability programme - Planet Passionate – which includes targets for a reduction in manufacturing carbon emissions to as close to zero as technically possible, together with halving carbon intensity in its supply chain.

The Planet Passionate Communities programme has global and local strands. At group-level, Kingspan is partnering with international humanitarian response agency GOAL (see below for details). On a local level, businesses across Kingspan Group will allocate resources to support projects in their communities that are aligned with the Planet Passionate ambition of creating a world that is powered by renewable energy, net-zero carbon, manages water sustainably, and protects the earth’s valuable resources by reducing, re-using and recycling.

At the core of Kingspan Group’s Planet Passionate Communities initiative is the ambition to create a positive legacy and a better world. Kingspan’s Chief Executive Gene Murtagh said of the initiative, 

As an international business, our local legacy has global reach. We are determined to use our expertise to create positive impacts for people and communities around the world, and to advance the sustainability agenda for all.
GOAL Partnership
Kingspan Group will support GOAL’s transformative work by providing expertise and products, supported by financial contributions, to develop critical infrastructure with sustainability at its core in healthcare and education.

GOAL was founded in 1977 and is based in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Over the last four decades GOAL has responded to many of the world's major humanitarian crises, working with vulnerable communities in 14 countries.

In the first year of a five-year partnership, Kingspan and GOAL will join forces to build a new wing at an important hospital in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. The project will be implemented by GOAL’s staff on the ground using Kingspan’s sustainable products and systems to build a state-of-the-art, 24-bed ward for general care in the hospital.

The new extension will provide the hospital with increased capacity to provide critical care for patients in a community that has been greatly affected by Covid-19. The new wing will be named in memory of Sayri Molina, a GOAL member who sadly lost her life to the pandemic and will be remembered for her hard work and selfless commitment to GOAL.

Ulster fly-half Ian Madigan, who has won 30 caps for Ireland and is a GOAL ambassador, said, 
We see in Kingspan a shared understanding of the need for innovation in finding sustainable solutions. For GOAL that means supporting vulnerable communities to build resilience against the impacts of climate change, while addressing their critical health needs. We are grateful to Kingspan and look forward to forming a partnership to create lasting change.
Bianca Wong, Kingspan’s Global Head of Sustainability, said,
We are really proud to be partnering with GOAL, whose values and mission are so closely aligned with our own. We look forward to working with their team to build more sustainable education and healthcare facilities for those who need them most.
For further information, contact:

Ciara Maddock, Global Brand Communications Manager - ciara.maddock@kingspan.com 

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