Westfield Corporation | Sustainability Report 2018 | 52
Westfield Stratford City
ELBAs Toy Appeal
CHARITABLE DONATIONS &
VOLUNTEERING (C0NTINUED)
Within the UK, all across the
organisation employees take part
in community initiatives such as
mentoring and careers advice to
young people, spring-cleaning the
Bush Theatre, and providing tours at
the shopping centre for schools and
universities.
Westfield’s exceptional employee
volunteering program ensures that
all staff spend time engaging with
the community. In recognition of
our demonstrated commitment to
supporting and encouraging employee
volunteering we were identified
as a Mayor of London’s ‘corporate
commitment organisation’. In 2017 we
had 150 employees volunteer their time
to the community – an equivalent of
1200 volunteering hours.
Westfield is not only an exemplar retail
and entertainment destination but an
active community hub.
REFETTORIO FELIX – COMMUNITY
KITCHEN BY MASSIMO BOTTURA
For 2017’s London Food Month,
Westfield supported one of the
world’s highest rated Michelin-star
chefs, Massimo Bottura, to launch
an innovative community kitchen
in West London that used surplus
food to create lunches for people
from underprivileged backgrounds.
The project challenged wastage and
explored how food can be recycled and
regenerated in urban locations while
encouraging social inclusion. Around
50 volunteers from Westfield helped set
up the dining room and served food,
ensuring this important community
project was a great success. Through
this innovative partnership, we were
able to feed a number of vulnerable
people in West London and provide
respite.
PINEWOOD COMMUNITY DAY
On June 8, 2017, 29 Croydon
Partnership colleagues took on a
refurbishment project at Pinewood
Scout Centre. The aim was to create
a nicer environment for the Scouts,
Beavers, and Explorers along with
young people with learning disabilities
and local families who use the facilities.
The team of volunteers, with the
support of centre staff members,
managed to redecorate the hall,
clear debris from the lake and the
surrounding vegetation, and make
and erect a tree trail with appropriate
signage.
ELBA AND ARC IN THE PARK
ELBA (East London Business Alliance)
and our team also continued their
work with the Arc in the Park project
with Westfield supplying labour and
materials to maintain and build on
the great work of the past years
repairing garden beds, planters and
plumbing. We built a cover for the
outdoor table tennis area and last year
helped refurbish a boat in the play
area complete with DDA access. We
continued to maintain paint and provide
upkeep of the park.
ELBA’S TOY APPEAL
In collaboration with all the
departments across Westfield Stratford
City, we joined with ELBA and the Met
Police, all our retailers and contractors
to lead on the annual toy dash. In total,
£115,000 worth of toys and books were
bought, collected or donated. These
toys were then collected and taken to
ELBA’s distribution centre using our
collective and collaborative resources
to really make a better Christmas for
disadvantaged children and young
people in our local community.
Massimo Bottura