Generosity makes our world a better place. It improves the life of the receiver. And, it improves the life of the giver. Yet, despite the benefits, generosity is still too rare in our world today. Not in Amec Foster Wheeler.

We have been helping our strategic charity, SOS Children’s Villages, since 2007. SOS Children’s Villages is the world's largest orphan and abandoned children's charity, working in some 124 countries with around 78,000 children living in their care in 500 unique Children's Villages, providing family-based care for children who would otherwise be alone.

Over the years, the enormous generosity of our employees has touched many children and mothers in SOS Villages around the world, including those in Chile, Peru, Canada, East Africa, Pakistan, and Haiti, to name but a few. We have contributed towards family strengthening programmes, restoration work in villages, schools, water infrastructure and this year, we are supporting education-focused programmes in the Villages in Beijing, Baku and Vancouver. Our most recent efforts saw almost £50,000 (including company matched funding), raised within two weeks to help SOS Children impacted by the tragic earthquake in Nepal.

Amec Foster Wheeler employs over 40,000 people possessing a wealth of knowledge, expertise and skills who also care deeply about the world and are committed to making it a better place. Our charitable giving, which since 2007 has amounted to over £500,000 globally, makes me feel proud to be part of this company.

I read some time ago that generous people see the world differently and therefore, they are able to improve society, inspire us and push us forward. In general, we were not designed to be selfish creatures. Instead, we were designed to seek and discover happiness in loving and caring for others. And those who decide to look for fulfilment there quickly discover it. We belong among them.

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.” Francis of Assisi