9b. Empower every human being with the education and resources to secure a sustainable livelihood, and provide social security and safety nets for those who are unable to support themselves.

Photo: Richard Laverick

Working with these children was a fantastic experience. Their ability to make something from nothing was very inspiring, making me re-evaluate my own life back home.

The experience has helped me to see the value in diversity, and to appreciate that there is a latent potential for creativity and innovation in every organisation.

I’ve realised that energy and enthusiasm are everywhere. Find the right catalyst to bring it all together and your business will thrive.

Richard Laverick, Director of Sustainability, ADAS

There is a latent potential for creativity and innovation in every organisation

ADAS is an independent provider of environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice. The ADAS Helping Hands Scheme enables the Company to support good causes nominated by staff by allowing them to work for the cause during working hours.

As part of the scheme Richard Laverick, ADAS Director of Sustainability, spent three weeks in 2010 working with school and youth development projects in Mengo, a slum district of Kampala and in the Sesse Islands in Lake Victoria.

Organised through Equipe the trip involved teaching in church and state schools, repairing and maintaining school buildings and helping to clear a banana plantation in the islands.

Equipe Global is a team of people, drawn from all walks of life, with one corporate passion: to see disadvantaged peoples’ lives change for the better. They work only in relationship with local partners across the world - by supporting and facilitating their personal vision for their own communities

9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.