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Our latest story published 17 September 2020 

BDO people helping people in... the UK 

BDO Team climb Mount Everest (at home!) for NHS Charities Together 

To raise money for NHS Charities Together, the Midlands based BDO Transaction Services team set themselves a challenge to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest using their own staircases at home.  The team opted to show their support for those on the front line of the health service tackling COVID-19; so far raising £1,130 for their chosen charity. 

Andy Sproule, Transaction Services Director, said “This has been a fantastic initiative - supporting the health and wellbeing of the team during home working, boosting morale and raising money for a very worthy cause.” 

NHS Charities Together is a collective experience representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS’ official charities. 

#HelpingCommunity 

For more information, contact: 
Nicola Lally 
Director of Communications 
BDO UK LLP 
Nicola.Lally@bdo.co.uk 


 

BDO people helping people in...

South Africa

BDO working women created a COVID-19 parenting support group



When the lockdown began, working parents all over the country were suddenly faced with the challenge of working from home whilst at the same time educating their children.  As well as the mental demands of juggling both roles, many were also burdened with worry about vulnerable family members elsewhere and the physical demands of managing everyday practicalities without the support of carers and domestic helpers that many working families rely on.

Building on the proverb ‘A problem shared is a problem halved,’ Nadine Rix, National Risk Officer, decided to set up a group to bring parenting colleagues together, to share advice and offer mutual support.  The group grew to include around 35 women, who met in small groups of 5-6 people via TEAMS, every two weeks to share childcare tips, educational materials and experiences.

Nadine says ‘The stress of juggling the demands of working life, whilst at the same time learning to home school children, supporting extended family members and keeping the home in order cannot be underestimated.  Here at BDO in South Africa, we wanted to provide colleagues with an outlet to share their concerns, where sympathetic and understanding members of staff could offer support and share their own stories.  It’s been really well received and great way to bring the team together during the crisis.”

#HelpingColleagues

For more information, contact:
Nadine Rix, National Risk Officer
BDO in South Africa
nrix@bdo.co.za


 

Ukraine

​​​​​​​BDO Centres helped front line hospital staff fight COVID-19


When COVID-19 hit Ukraine, BDO Centres felt compelled to act. As in many countries, obtaining the necessary personal protective equipment presented a major challenge to healthcare professionals.

Following discussions with the charity foundation ‘Patients of Ukraine,’ Managing Consultant Inna Koreiba was able to donate personal protective equipment (suits, glasses, gloves, masks and respirators) to the Kyiv Clinical Hospital №10, on behalf of BDO Centers.

Inna says “During these challenging times, BDO Centers felt that it was important to show our support to essential workers on the front line, who are working so hard to protect everyone in our community. We are grateful for the guidance of the charity foundation ‘Patients of Ukraine’ for their vital assistance in ensuring that our donation was sent to the hospital that needed it the most.”

#HelpingCommunity

For more information, contact:
Dr. Inna Koreiba - Communication Expert of BDO Centers
inna.koreiba@bdobusinessservices.com.ua
BDO Centers LLC - https://www.linkedin.com/company/20099998


 

The Slovak Republic

​​​​​​​BDO offered pro-bono consulting to 100 small businesses



As soon as the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, Peter Gunda, Managing Partner of BDO in the Slovak Republic, immediately reacted and focused on how the firm could help the business community.  With the support of his multidisciplinary team, they reached out via their web site, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn, offering pro-bono consulting to 100 small businesses.

 “Small business don’t usually have the budget to engage professional consultants or have internal experts to help them to implement governmental measures or reorganise their finances to create a safety net for their businesses,”’ explains Peter.  “Other organisations were creating newsletters and offering web-based materials, but we felt that we could go one step further and reach out with hands-on support.”

The initiative has been a tremendous success.  The firm’s goal to help more than 100 local businesses was reached very soon.  Peter says  “We are delighted to have been able to support so many small businesses in Bratislava during this difficult period.  It has significantly boosted external brand awareness and also internal morale amongst our own employees, who are rightly proud of their contribution and being part of the BDO family.”

Due to its tremendous success, BDO in Slovakia has now turned this activity in a billable advisory service, rethinking their service offering to better support our clients. 


Mexico 

BDO in Mexico joins the fight against breast cancer 

In April this year, BDO in Mexico stepped in to offer pro-bono audit services to national breast cancer charity "Fundación Cima”. The idea for the initiative originated from Director Gabriel Llamas and the project is managed by Claudia Montalvan, with the support of an enthusiastic team, each of them excited to contribute to this important community cause. 

Partner Victoria Rodriguez said “We rethink each project carefully.  In addition to the audit service to the foundation, I will personally also invite the founder of Fundación Cima to present to the members of CCPM (an association of professionals in public accounting).  We hope that by nurturing this relationship, the foundation will be able to develop both its educational and fundraising objectives.  We are honoured to help raise awareness of this terrible disease that affects so many women''. 

#HelpingCommunity #HelpingClients #PeopleHelpingPeople

For more information, contact: 
Victoria Rodriguez, Partner 

BDO in Mexico City 

victoria.rodriguez@bdomexico.com