Breaking new ground together: Engineers Without Borders UK partners with Anglo American Foundation

04 June 2020

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Engineers Without Borders UK, part of an international movement trying to put global responsibility at the heart of engineering, has announced that it has extended its 15-year partnership with the Anglo American Foundation for a further 3 years.

Commenting on the £700k, three-year donation, Katie Creswell-Maynard, Chief Executive of Engineers Without Borders UK said: “It’s an amazing partnership that we have with Anglo American and its Foundation. They helped us considerably in our formative years, and now their continued and generous funding will enable us to deliver our core work and to pursue our ambitions.

Anglo American, a leading global mining company, has worked with Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB UK) for over a decade as one of the organisation's longest-running corporate sponsors.

Amongst this core work, the funding from Anglo American will drive the upskilling of at least 41,200 practising engineers and engineering undergraduates via direct support of university chapters, as well as EWB UK's annual Engineering for People Design Challenge.

The objective is for engineers to be more aware of their professional impact on people and the planet, and equip them with the skills and knowledge to collaborate on solutions to the biggest challenges of our time.

In addition, Engineers Without Borders UK wants to engage with 76,000 young people, their teachers and parents through school outreach and workshops to challenge the perceptions of engineering by demonstrating how the industry improves the lives of people everywhere.

Emma Crichton, Head of Engineering at Engineers Without Borders UK said: “Over the past 15 years, Anglo American’s contribution has ensured our impact and growth has continued to go from strength to strength in line with our increased ambition and scope.

In continuing our partnership, we will be able to strengthen our core work whilst also breaking new ground to try and inspire the wholesale shift that’s required if we’re to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Together we will work to solve the biggest issues that all people and the planet are facing.

Anik Michaud, Group Director of Corporate Relations at Anglo American said: “Anglo American has a longstanding commitment as a leader in responsible mining and we are thinking innovatively to transform how our stakeholders experience our business, in terms of both our physical and societal footprint, staying true to our Purpose of re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives.

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Our continuing support of Engineers Without Borders UK demonstrates our dedication to constantly seeking ways in which we can support wider initiatives that encourage engineers to think and work in a globally responsible way.

We look forward to continuing our work with Engineers Without Borders UK to help them directly inspire, engage and influence the engineers of today and tomorrow to help bring about real change.

About Engineers Without Borders UK:

Engineers Without Borders UK engages and galvanises the engineering community to serve all people and planet better than ever before. Part of a global movement of over 60 Engineers Without Borders organisations, we inspire, enable and influence the engineering community and together take action to put global responsibility at the heart of engineering.

An example of our work is the award-winning Engineering for People Design Challenge. Every year, we educate over 6,500 students so that they understand their responsibility and develop the skills to act on this. We are creating a generation that is entering the workplace ready to tackle our global challenges.

About Anglo American:

Anglo American is a leading global mining company and our products are the essential ingredients in almost every aspect of modern life. Our portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources provides the metals and minerals that enable a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world and that meet the fast growing consumer-driven demands of the world’s developed and maturing economies. With our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and the latest technologies to discover new resources and mine, process, move and market our products to our customers around the world – safely, responsibly and sustainably.

As a responsible miner – of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, iron ore, steelmaking and thermal coal, and nickel – we are the custodians of what are precious natural resources. We work together with our business partners and diverse stakeholders to unlock the sustainable value that those resources represent for our shareholders, the communities and countries in which we operate, and for society as a whole. Anglo American is re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives.


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