Apr 5, 2023
Over 90 businesses and NGOs brought together to discuss ways of creating greater positive impact on society
The Academy's For Impact Event and Fair took place on the 28th March 2023, check out this article to get an overview of the day and outcomes.
The 2nd edition of the Academy of Givers’, For Impact Event and Fair saw a healthy mix of businesses and NGOs come together to share ideas and listen to leaders within the fields of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance), Voluntary Organisations, Purpose and Giving with the intention of collectively finding ways of creating greater positive impact on society. The event featured inspiring talks, panel discussions, workshops, themed discussions on various topics such as the importance of supporting culture to safeguarding Malta’s nature footprint, as well as an Impact Fair and NGO Pitch Fest, which showcased some of Malta’s most inspiring NGOs. Participants also voted for the NGO of their choice, following which the winners were awarded a total of Eur1,500. The event opened with a message from Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli, Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights (MIVC):
“There are out there and amongst us strong-willed men and women of all ages dedicated to tackling the social and environmental issues that still concern our islands. The reality, however, is that the public at large and the corporate sector still need to be made aware of what has been done, is being done and will be done, as we wisely spotlight this huge amount of voluntary work by such effective initiatives as this one.”
The event’s thought-provoking discussions each provided key outcomes and some food for thought for businesses. One of the outcomes highlighted that the different sectors that are working towards creating change in Malta - whether it be through ESG, social/environmental initiatives or corporate responsibility - need to be collaborating more. Businesses need to be understanding the needs of the social, cultural and environmental sectors and align their business to support change and see real long-lasting impact from their actions. When supporting NGOs, companies need to give effectively, empower those they’re supporting, and work through the creation of partnerships.
Businesses have the opportunity to use their resources and look at what kind of legacy they want to leave for generations to come. Focusing efforts on becoming more of a purpose-led business is the way forward. As an example, Will Gardner, Co-founder of Motive, one of the three speakers that were brought to Malta for the For Impact Event & Fair who worked with GO plc on their purpose journey, explained that the GO leadership team re-defined the company’s Purpose to centre around the customer/citizen and their digital needs. GO’s purpose is to drive a digital Malta where no one is left behind. They use this as the lens through which all the decisions are taken at GO. Will then explained the results achieved by the company since launching their purpose just three years ago and the increase in performance across a number of metrics.
A panel discussion on ‘Frameworks Encouraging Impact’ summarised that we need to understand the value of giving, map out the current context, and work on the frameworks to tackle the issue of legal constraints so that there is less complexity and more of a clear strategy and common standards to be able to create a more effective environment for social impact.
The Academy of Givers is about the ‘sum of the people around us’ as its President Mark Weingard shared, creating a space to bridge the gaps, create steps to improve the giving and impact sector and encourage collaboration, corporate responsibility and giving effectively. A report on the recommendations that have emerged from the event will be published shortly so that we can ensure to continue moving forward to make a difference and make Malta better. For more information on the Academy of Givers and membership, visit their website, follow them on Facebook or LinkedIn or reach out to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.