As part of Mungo’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and transparency as a business, the development of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme has always been a goal of the utmost importance. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to share the news of the launch of MOVE – Motivating Objectives & Vision to Empower the people of the Plettenberg Bay area.
From the start of the new financial year this month, Mungo will be allocating 1% of its annual turnover to MOVE, to put towards projects and organisations serving to improve the lives of the people who reside in and around the area in which our entire production process is based.
This sentiment is inspired by the international B-Corp certification movement, which sees more and more companies striving to meet defined standards for the affirmative social and environmental impact of their business activities. The belief is that investing back into the environment and the community in which a business operates creates a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship that ensures the sustainability and integrity of its success. As such, Mungo seeks to extend its bottom line to focus on 3 P’s – targeting not just profit, but also a positive effect on people and the planet.
A committee of dedicated Mungo staff members has come together and meet regularly to decide on the causes that best suit this objective. Some of the initiatives we have supported thus far include:
THE KIDS OF KURLAND PROJECT
One of the very first MOVE ventures was the development of “Mungo’s Hope” – a special kikoi designed by Hope Davids, one of the learners at The Crags Primary school who attended a textile workshop at our mill. Her creation was put into production and sold in our stores, with the proceeds put towards the Kids of Kurland Project to fund an additional teacher’s salary. This organisation actively champions the life skills education of children in the area, providing workshops on subjects like HIV/AIDS, personal safety and self empowerment. If you would like to support this worthy cause, you an buy one of these beautiful kikois here.
THE GREEN HEARTS
Following the death of one of our former employees and friends, Simnikiwe ‘Nicolene’ Mfengu, the fight against gender-based violence has become a priority for MOVE. In her honour, an auction was held ahead of our annual factory sale in February for tickets to an exclusive preview and pre-buy event. All of the funds raised were awarded to The Green Hearts – an initiative that seeks to combat abuse in the local community.
ECO-CONSCIOUS & RECYCLING INITIATIVES
At Mungo we have always been extremely conscious of minimising the impact of our production process on the environment, from what we do with any waste we produce to the way we package our products. Our off-cuts are donated to The Groenfontein Toy Project, a local woman’s charity, to be used in the making of soft toys, and any selvedges are given to our Old Nick Village neighbour Martie’s Wool Shop to be made into rugs. Our products are wrapped in Baobags for distribution, which are recyclable and 100% biodegradable. We are also ambassadors for Eco Atlas, a South African ethical business directory, and our staff have taken part in workshops with its founder Rhian Berning to learn more about keeping Mungo green – a vital objective that MOVE will continue to prioritise and promote.
KURLAND JUNIORS RUNNING CLUB
MOVE has arranged for the off-duty Mungo shuttle bus to be used for lifting the young members of the Kurland Juniors Running Club to their weekend meets and races, with our drivers volunteering their time to get everyone there safely.
This is just the beginning for MOVE and we can’t wait to get stuck into many more inspiring and meaningful endeavours. What would you like to see us do next? If you have suggestions for any people or planet oriented projects in the Plettenberg Bay area, please send us a mail at email@example.com