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MCB Forward Foundation is Mauritius’ first CSR foundation to get ISO 9001 certification

MCB Forward Foundation is Mauritius’ first CSR foundation to get ISO 9001 certification

The MCB Forward Foundation (MCBFF) will work according to international best practices for its CSR program, thus allowing the MCB Group to strengthen its position as a social partner for the island community, which is in line with measures declared under Mauritius’Budget 2015.(Image: Composite)

The MCB forward Foundation (MCBFF), the corporate social responsibility (CSR) wing of Mauritian financial services major MCB Group, has become the first ever CSR foundation to receive the ISO 9001 certification in the island economy, showcasing the group’s unwavering commitment to CSR.

The MCBFF was officially launched in September 2010 with the aim of more efficientlymanagingthe CSR activities of the group by adopting the necessary compliance practices andinternational best practicesina local context, and the MCB continues to develop its capacity to act towards and implement specific community-oriented measures for a better society.

The Foundation aims to help answer the social and environmental challenges of Mauritius as an island economy, and it has the mission of developing and supporting sustainable initiatives for the community with a viewto play an important role towards value creation for the social, environmental and economic well-being of the community.

With the new certification, the MCBFF has set up rigorous procedures to make sure that the highest quality of service is offered to NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and all individuals receiving benefits from the Foundation are subjected to constant evaluation of their work, such that bodies working with the MCBFF justify how they use funds received from the MCBFF.

With the French national organization for standardization, called the AFNOR, having provided its stamp of approval to the CSR activities of the group with its ISO 9001 certification, the MCB will now follow the approach recommended by AFNOR. AFNOR indicates an audit-centric approach focused on improving the efficiency of the organization and also favours active listening to and complete understanding of the culture and the practices of the organisation to highlight its strength, and detect any weaknesses.

In this context, the MCBFF displays a good track record with 71 projects financedfor a total amount of Rs 68.4 million in 2014.In 2015 till date, Rs 70 million is thefigure that has been dedicated to CSR projects.

The major projects of 2014 comprised of sending a child from the MCB Soccer Academy to Brazil, grant of scholarships to three students from Rodrigues, provision of accommodation to certain families as well as NGO workshops on good governance and instilling the right values in the community.

Juliette François-Assonne, who is incharge of the MCBFF, stated, “This certification serves to highlight the diligent work of the MCBFF towards providing the highest quality ofservice for the well-being of the community in which we live and work.”

Finally, Gilbert Gnany, Chief Strategy Officer of the Group MCB, highlighted,“The ISO 9001 certification comesat the right time, as Budget 2015 has placed lot of emphasis on CSR.”

“Therefore, with a solid structure and robust processes, the MCBFF will work in line with international best practices, allowing the MCB Group to strengthen its position as a social partner for the community,”he concluded.

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