Allianz Malaysia helps build resilient changemaker organisations
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Allianz Malaysia Berhad (Allianz Malaysia) recently embarked on a capacity-building programme to help four social organisations achieve sustainable social and economic impact.
In collaboration with Ashoka, an organisation that brings together social entrepreneurs, businesses, and governments in enabling systemic change through shared skills and expertise, Allianz Malaysia, through its corporate responsibility arm, Allianz4Good, reached out to four non-profit organisations and social enterprises that it has been supporting to participate in the capacity building programme, with the engagement of Allianz Malaysia employees as mentors, from October 2019 to July 2020.
The programme featured Persatuan Mobiliti Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (provides transportation service for wheelchair users), Gem & Bread Special Needs Support Group Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (provides further education and social skills development for special needs youths and adults), Deliccia (social enterprise helping single mothers and urban poor housewives earn income through catering and food delivery), and Havan Clothing (social enterprise empowering shelter-home children through fashion and EQ learning).
The Head of Allianz4Good, Ng Siew Gek said it is important for social organisations to think about the sustainability of their organisation as they continue to impact the lives of the communities they serve.
“These organisations have been doing meaningful work in their respective social spaces to address challenges faced by underserved and underprivileged communities. Despite their best intentions, we see that they have been struggling to scale and sustain their organisation,” said Siew Gek.
“Given the current landscape and challenges, it is vital, more so now than ever for social organisations to be resilient. We believe that the solution lies in building up changemaker organisations that will not only support the community but empower them to become changemakers and create impact themselves,” added Siew Gek.
The initial phase of the programme saw the participating social enterprise and NGOs attend three workshops focusing on system change, leadership strategy, and fundraising strategy. The organisations then embarked on their organisational revamp focusing on their intended areas of improvement.
Furthermore, as the capacity-building programme was also carried out in collaboration with the Human Resources (HR) department as one of its employee training and development initiatives, Allianz Malaysia’s employees then spent eight more months mentoring and engaging the organisation that was matched respectively to their talent and skills acquired through their roles within the Company.
The programme then culminated with an e-summit in July where the social organisations and mentors showcased their journey and the innovative solutions that they developed to create systemic change within the communities that they support.
Allianz Malaysia Berhad Group Head of Human Resources Wong Woon Man hailed the programme as a fresh addition to the Company’s talent and development initiatives.
Woon Man said: “Our goal is to keep our talents engaged and motivated. We want them to be able to experience various forms of development programmes that will help them grow their potential, and exceed their own expectations. While this programme served as the perfect opportunity for our talents to step out of their regular work commitments to serve as mentors, because the programme was on a voluntary basis, it was equally important that they learnt to pay it forward which overall has been a positive and rewarding experience.”