Where do you start
If you want to make the world a better place?
For a long time, Allgo was too busy getting going and surviving recessions to worry too much about saving the planet. But we always wanted to do something more than just try to survive and make profit. And we always did (and still do) bits and pieces for charities, but nothing really meaty.
Then in January 2018, Allgo’s MD, Gary was at an Incentive Marketing Association seminar in Rotterdam. After a long day of talks and presentations on all things relating to the business of rewards, the final speaker of the day took to his feet (the dreaded graveyard shift!). This guy looked a bit different to the other speakers that day. And it was difficult to relate what he was talking about to incentives & rewards. But after just a few minutes, that didn’t matter. Because the story he was telling was both fascinating and terrible.
The guy was Florian Dirkse, a Dutch free spirit, who after sailing around the world and witnessing first-hand the unbelievable amount of man-made plastic pollution in the seas, co-founded The Ocean Cleanup in 2013. This fast-growing organisation is looking to clean-up the 5 trillion pieces of plastic that currently litter the ocean. And Florian also mentioned a small group of young Dutch scientists, who are currently developing an innovative way to block plastic from entering the ocean in the first place – The Great Bubble Barrier
By the end of Florian’s presentation, Gary had decided that this was something Allgo should get behind. Allgo is Irish, and Ireland is an island. There’s a lot of water here! Rain, rivers, lakes, the surrounding seas, Ireland is closer to sea than many other countries. So the damage to the oceans really affects us and should really horrify us. If we can help even in a small way to raise awareness and funds for both The Ocean Cleanup and The Great Bubble Barrier, then we think we will actually have made a Better World.
We approached both organisations to make sure they were OK with us doing this, and they both readily agreed. Back at base, our annual team kick-off event, where we all agree our plans for the year ahead, came up with a list of actions that we will undertake in 2018 and 2019 as part of our Better World programme. Below are more details, and check back with us regularly for updates on how we (and the oceans) are doing….