The Group recognises its responsibility as a member of the communities where its branches/plants are located and where it conducts business.

The Group recognises its responsibility as a member of the communities 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.

Woodie’s DIY sponsored Make-A-Wish Ireland during 2015 with the ‘Working on Wishes’ or ‘WOW!’ campaign raising over €250,000. This involved in-store fundraising, a nationwide in-store bike challenge and a 5-day road cycling event.

The Irish merchanting business supported a number of charitable initiatives during the year involving the Simon Community, Barnardos, St. Vincent de Paul, the Irish Cancer Society, Goal and the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Grafton Merchanting GB supported Cancer Research UK with a number of fundraising events held throughout the year raising £77,000. Cyclists at Buildbase raised more than £3,000 from a 24-hour London to Paris bike ride in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Plumbase held a charity day during the year raising £18,000 from a variety of fun events.

In July 2015, Grafton Group plc sponsored its fourth consecutive cycle challenge. The four day challenge covered over 320 miles from Brussels to Paris. A team of senior executives completed the challenge and raised over £18,000 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 campaign to support MacMillan Cancer Support and, to date, have raised over £250,000.

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