Corporate Social Responsibility
At Courts we believe in generating value for our society, and we know that each interaction carries with it the possibility of creating something great, of leaving a mark on the lives of one or more people.
As part of our Sustainability strategy, we continue to provide support to communities, under our Social Pillar, assuming our role as a change agent and thus being able to continue fulfilling this important responsibility. In addition, our social responsibility and sustainability strategy we developed activities that build social, economic, and environmental value.
We continue taking giant steps through the implementation of various Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, some of which are:
DARE TO DREAM
We believe that the education of all children and young people is one of the most important tools to positively impact the development of our communities. For this reason, we work hand in hand with institutions specialized in the academic development of students, and with programs that benefit the children of our clients, granting school and university scholarships and school packages.
Road education for our clients and staff members is very important to us, since we want to generate a positive impact in reducing motorcycle accidents, implementing actions that allow reducing the gap of lack of knowledge about vehicle laws, giving tips for proper care and use of motorcycles, share safety standards, and encourage the use of motorcycle driving licenses. All these actions contribute to the World Plan, Decade of Road Safety Action.
This initiative is dedicated to improving eye care and visual health in our communities by offering eye exams, frames, lenses, and other vision products to students in vulnerable situations or settings. Brighter View is the flag ship CSR program for the Courts Optical brand.
The Solidarity Program aims to support our communities in situations of national emergency that affect their quality of life and physical integrity.
Our commitment to our communities moves us to aid our staff members, people and/or vulnerable groups who have suffered material damage, giving them what they need to get ahead in times of crisis.
Unicomer Volunteer Week was executed with the support of more than 100 volunteers from the Unicomer Group. This year Unicomer Belize has partner up with Helpage Belize Centres Country wide. On March 8th, 2017, all Help-Age homes coordinated an evening of laughter and fun. All Unicomer Volunteers gave back time and adopted for the evening a grandpa or a grandma.
In the month of December, Unicomer Belize under the Corporate Social Responsibility program partnered with two well recognized Non-Profit Organizations within Belize. Rotaract Club of Belize and the Love Foundation, both volunteer their time and are located country wide, in all six districts in Belize.
In the spirit of being merry, Unicomer Volunteers partnered with the ROTARACT CLUBS OF BELIZE to bring the COURTS SPARKLE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT to life. All Unicomer Volunteers joined to sparkle the magic of Christmas to rural villages.
Rotaract Clubs of Belize is a well-known non-profit organization that annually shares Christmas spirit to rural villages of our country, in their respective districts. Their Christmas program is known as NNB- Navidad del Nino Beliceno. This year, there was double the Christmas Happiness as Unicomer Volunteers proudly joined this wonderful initiative, making into reality COURTS SPARKLE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT 2016, successful. In this time of giving and sharing, the most valuable thing to give is our time.
Our Company takes pride in giving back in any way possible. On November 16th, 2016 the Unicomer Volunteers participated in a Unicomer Belize Blood Drive making Blood donation which will be distributed between Unicomer Belize Blood Bank and Belize Cancer Society. Our partnership with the Belize Cancer Society is to assist those Cancer patients that have a hard time seeking for blood donors during their treatment. Thanking Each and every Unicomer Volunteer- Gift of Blood is a Gift of Life.
Courts, through its CSR Program, donated to the Exodus “Bible Blast from the Past” 2016 Summer Camp. The camp, organized by Phillipa Herrera since 2011 and usually financed through used clothes/food sales, “creates an environment that fosters relationships between children, [ages 4-16], from all areas of [Belize City] and surrounding villages regardless of economic status, [free of cost]”.
The $10,000 donation was used to provide “water, drinks and snacks, Friday Camp closing party bags, prizes, t-shirts for volunteer workers, equipment for the sporting area, [art and craft materials for all campers, plus free transportation to the camp for the children”. The summer camp has reached 681 children and youths from all areas of the City including [kids] from Dorothy Menzies Orphanage. Courts is proud to have assisted in this year’s Summer Camp!
COURTS DONATES TO THE SALVATION ARMY
COURTS DONATES TO THE MERCI KITCHEN
DONATION TO PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
On May 25th, 2015, Mr. Dorian Russel experienced a tragedy after a fire had destroyed his home. Dorian was unable to save any of his belongings; he lived with his wife and 4 daughters. Unicomer Assisted to rebuild their lives with the donation of a house, furniture and appliances valued at $30,000.
DONATION TO SALVATION ARMY TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 40 STUDENTS AND TO ALLEVIATE SOME NEEDS.
KIDNEY ASSOCIATION OF BELIZE- DONATION
The Kidney Association of Belize has assisted many Belizeans with dialysis, as the cost of dialysis is expensive and costs between $400-$600 per session. We are pleased to announce that with our $18,000 donation they will be able to assist 6 more patients who previosuly were unable to afford this procedure.
REMAR assisted the Belizean Community by feeding the homeless and unfortunate . They provide meals for many needy children within the community. Courts Belize assisted them with an upgraded kitchen complete with refrigerator and small appliances such as a blender and toaster.
SHARE THE JOY – GRANTING CHRISTMAS WISHES
The Share The Joy programme is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative from Courts and in collaboration with our suppliers is aimed at providing a better quality of life to those in need in our society. We believe that every child should have the basic right to grow and thrive in a safe and enjoyable environment. In 2014, our children asked and we granted their wishes. Together with our vendors, we donated much needed furniture, appliances and electronics to nine (9) children’s homes in Belize. These donations ensured that three hundred and sixty nine (369) children were provided with the necessary equipment in order to develop and succeed now and in the future. Wishing the children of Liberty Children’s Home, The King’s Children’s Home, Marla’s House of Hope, Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center, Hopewell Children’s Home, Mile 14 Group Home, Youth Hostel, Hosanna House and Laugh Out Loud a happy and enjoyable Christmas season and a New Year filled with hope and success.
COURTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
For the past 17 years, several primary and high school students have been the benefactors of our Courts Scholarship Program. This scholarship is locally funded and offers each recipient an opportunity to obtain their education for the entire four years of High School. The results of these funds have been superlative. This year, the 10 successful candidates for the high school scholarships are:
- Kimberly Conserve—Belize City
- Oseas Sosa—Ladyville
- Chandiana Samuels—Belize City
- Aaliyah Welch—Caye Caulker
- Adelita Carrillo—Belize City
- Alliah Bevans—Belize City
- Glendi Morales—Orange Walk
- Ginelque Patt—Corozal
- Johnny Mendez—Corozal
- Raisa Locario—Punta Gorda
Courts will continue to support the development of Belize through it's Corporate social responsibility programs.
COURTS NUTRITION COMPETITION
In February 2013, Courts launched its Nutrition Rocks Music Video Competition. Part of its Social Responsibility Program, the competition invited primary school students to submit a short music video about the importance of healthy and nutritious foods. The competition offered 15 students the opportunity to win $1,500 worth of appliances for their school’s feeding programs plus an additional prize of $1,000 for the Most Creative Video to be awarded to the student.
After reviewing many excellent submissions from across the country, Courts awarded the prize to 22 Primary Schools. They are:
- Bethel SDA School
- Buttonwood Bay Primary School
- Christ the King Anglican School
- Compassion School
- Forest Home Methodist School
- Grace Primary School
- Holy Redeemer Primary School
- Hope Creek Methodist School
- Libertad SDA School
- Little Flowers RC School
- Louisiana Government School
- Muslim Community Primary School
- Punta Gorda Methodist School
- Raymond Sheppard Nazarene School
- Santa Elena Primary School
- Silk Grass Methodist School
- Solomon SDA School
- St. Andrew’s Primary School
- St. Mary’s Primary School
- St. Peter Claver RC School
- Stella Maris School
- Zion Adventist School
The Most Creative Award prize was given to Christ The King Anglican School.
COURTS AND THE BELIZE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM
To assist our Belize National Football Team, Courts Belmopan coordinated the donation of a refrigerator, 2 stoves, a gas tank and 2 spin bikes to the Belize National Football Team headquarters in Belmopan. The donation will be used to complement the National Football Team gym and kitchen facilities. The donation is valued at $7,000.
With our program, we provide tools and opportunities to entrepreneurs, micro and small companies, that allow them to develop business management skills, such as training on business development issues, group and individual mentoring and support in carrying out of trade fairs.