The Group recognises its responsibility as a member of the communities where its branches/plants are located and where it conducts business and is committed to developing links to those communities through a range of community and charitable initiatives supported by local staff and management.

In addition, the Group, through its branch networks, also supports a range of charitable causes mainly at a local level. In 2016, Grafton businesses raised over £500,000 in support of charities.

Woodie’s raised a total of £220,000 through the very successful “Woodie’s Heroes” campaign, which ran for four weeks across all stores and was advertised nationally. Funds raised were donated to children’s charities Make A Wish Ireland, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Irish Autism Action and Jack and Jill Foundation.

The Irish merchanting business supported a number of charitable initiatives during the year including a 140km charity cycle to raise funds for the Friends of the Rotunda Hospital, and the Barnardos Food & Toy appeal. The business also celebrated its thirteenth year of partnership with Moyle Park College, Clondalkin where colleagues facilitated CV and interview skills workshops for local students under the “Business in the Community” initiative.

Grafton Merchanting GB continued its support of Cancer Research UK (“CRUK”) with a number of fundraising events held throughout the year raising £145,000. “Donation Stations” were set up at various branch locations enabling items to be donated to CRUK shops.

In June 2016, Grafton Group plc sponsored its fifth consecutive cycle challenge. The four day challenge covered over 300 miles from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. A team of senior executives completed the challenge and raised over £17,000 for the Foundation of Light, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC. The Foundation uses the power of football to inspire, involve and educate children, families and adults across the North East of England and engages with more than 40,000 people every year.

Selco continued its ongoing fundraising support for MacMillan Cancer Support, raising £175,000 in 2016 and £365,000 to date through a variety of sporting events and community initiatives.

The Isero business continues to sponsor the ‘Beursvloer Woerden’, a trade fair which provides for the sharing of information and skills between local businesses and social organisations. Other sponsorships included sports events to raise funds for the Dutch Cancer Society.

The Belgian merchanting business ran initiatives throughout the year raising funds for a number of children’s charities.