12th Jul 2022 by Nick Tissot

Supporting Our Community

Volunteering

Here at MASECO, we are incredibly passionate about getting involved in our community and creating a wider, more positive impact on the world. As part of our approach to corporate social responsibility and to enable us to help deliver on that passion, we encourage all employees to take part in charitable work. In this article, we reach out to Nicolas Tissot, Partner and Chief Operating Officer at MASECO. Nicolas is a trustee of la Fondation Miracles, a charity dedicated to the financing and running of a prosthetics clinic in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Here at MASECO, we are incredibly passionate about getting involved in our community and creating a wider, more positive impact on the world. As part of our approach to corporate social responsibility and to enable us to help deliver on that passion, we encourage all employees to take part in charitable work.

Additionally, the community area of the B Corp, B Impact assessment evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity & inclusion, economic impact, civic engagement, charitable giving, and supply chain management.

In this article, we reach out to Nicolas Tissot, Partner and Chief Operating Officer at MASECO. Nicolas is a trustee of la Fondation Miracles, a charity dedicated to the financing and running of a prosthetics clinic in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The region was ravaged by war and today remains the largest minefield in the northern hemisphere and depending on what sources you use; it is believed it still has up to 500,000 unexploded landmines. The vast majority of aid goes towards the clearance of mines rather than the support to those that have been impacted by the mines.

 

“La Fondation Miracles mission is simple, to provide prosthetic care to the largest possible number of landmine victims and disabled citizens, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, location, social or economic situation. This allows amputees the opportunity to find work to lead a more normal life and provide for their families. Even more importantly, children have the chance of a normal life at school and in sports. To put this into context, a 5-year-old child will need 25 prosthetics in their lifetime, not including repairs and adjustments.”

The site was acquired in 2004 with the Miracles Centre officially opened in 2009. The charity is entirely financed by individual and corporate donations. La Fondation Miracles is a registered Swiss charity and is in the process of exploring setting up a UK based charity to assist in its fund-raising efforts.

Nicolas has visited the Centre several times and is always humbled by the dedication of the team but so inspired by all the men, women and children he has met who have come to the Centre for limbs and support.

At MASECO, all employees are encouraged to take one day of paid leave each year to volunteer at a charity of their choice, like Nicolas giving his time to the la Fondation Miracles.

As a firm we will monitor and record volunteer hours each year through this programme to ensure that we can encourage as many employees as possible to take part. Each year we hope to increase the number of hours that we have collectively volunteered, either through this programme or in employee’s own time after work or on weekends.

To find out more about la Fondation Miracles, please click here.

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