Volunteerism & Philanthropy
Improving a neighborhood community center, raising money for disaster relief or disease research, providing management advice and analysis to a nonprofit organization – these are just some of the ways that Oliver Wyman employees are serving and strengthening their local communities.
You have to contribute. You have to give back somehow in life. It balances out everything else you do for yourself.
Global ITS Coordinator
The hills are alive...with the sounds of clean-up
Volunteer Day in the Swiss Alps
Trading comfortable office chairs for the Glarner Alps in Switzerland, members of the Oliver Wyman Zurich Office helped the farmers in Glarus-Süd with cleaning up their meadows and preventing them from becoming overgrown ("Vergandung" of the Alps). Employees uprooted trees, pulled out grass and ferns, rolled away stones, and collected loose branches to help ensure the farming economy in the Alps is sustainable.
Volunteer Day was established to further the company's commitment to having a positive impact on society. Employees can take one paid day off each year to participate in an Oliver Wyman Group Office Volunteer Day benefiting a nonprofit or charitable organization in the local community.
Helping a farming community in the Alps continue to thrive. Seeing groundhogs happily eating the wet grass. And for the very adventurous, an icy cold swim in a mountain river.
Oliver Wyman Office Charity AuctionsNothing's quite as entertaining and fruitful as the annual charity auctions run by several Oliver Wyman offices. Auctioneer extraordinaire Rich Yannaco encourages generosity and friendly competition – as each office competes to raise the most money for good causes.Show/Hide
In April 2012, our New York office donated $90,000+ to charity in one evening.
In December 2012, our Boston office raised $93,000 for charities.
Boston Cares, the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF), One Acre Fund, The Family Reach Foundation, New York Meals on Wheels, and
The Doe Fund
Toronto & Chicago
Keep It Clean
Toiletries for Shelters
Oliver Wyman consultants are frequent travelers, staying in hotels all around the world. As a result, they're often provided with more single-use toiletries than they could ever use.
Meanwhile, local homeless shelters are in desperate need of toiletry supplies.
Put that together, and what do you get? A competition between members of the Toronto and Chicago offices to see who can collect and deliver more unused bars of soap, bottles of shampoo, and other toiletries to shelters in their respective cities.
Toronto cleaned up.
Toronto: 1.19 pounds per consultant
Chicago: 1.11 pounds per consultant
Shelters like Light Patrol in Toronto and Sarah's Circle in Chicago
The Aids Walk,
A Company Tradition
Raising Funds and Awareness
For the fourth consecutive year, our parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, has sponsored teams in AIDS Walks in the US and Canada, pledging $25 to each employee taking part.
The walks raise money for dozens of service organizations – like GMHC in New York – that are working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education and advocacy. The walks also give employees across MMCo's operating companies the chance to join together for a common cause.
In 2012, teams from Marsh & McLennan Companies walked in 18 cities and raised more than $32,000 for AIDS prevention, advocacy, and education. The 2013 Walks are under way – so stay tuned.
Mo' Moustaches, Mo' Men's Health Awareness
A Movember to Remember
Originating in Australia, the Movember movement has emboldened men around the world to forsake their razors for the month of November to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues, particularly prostate and other male cancers.
In 2012, 68 Mo Bros and Mo Sisters from our New York, London, Chicago, Toronto, and Dubai offices took part. Friendly office rivalry pushed sponsorship, and creative facial hair, to new heights.
Many moustaches. Plus a donation of more than $57,000 to charities supporting men’s health and fighting cancer, such as the Prostrate Cancer Foundation and the Livestrong Foundation.
Raising Funds by Rounding Down
Members of Oliver Wyman's offices in Spain have developed an easy way to help generate funds for those in need. The "Round Down in Payroll" program lets firm members voluntarily round their paycheck down to the nearest whole euro and then donate the remaining change to a charity the office has selected.
That charity was Anidan, an NGO that has developed over the past 10 years. Anidan is an Orphan School in Kenya with 200+ children and an attached pediatric hospital jointly run with the Pablo Horstman Foundation.
64% of the Iberia Office (Madrid and Barcelona) donated to Anidan in 2011. Firm members raised 700 euros in the last half of the year. But most important, Anidan now knows they will receive a donation on a regular basis, enabling them to plan and make commitments they would not be able to do otherwise.
High School Students Take Financial LIT. 101
The Children's Aid Society
Oliver Wyman developed and ran a college prep workshop for the Children's Aid Society, training approximately 30 high school juniors each year on financial literacy basics, including college budgeting and applying for financial aid. The program proved so successful it was built into the Children Aid Society's summer curriculum.
The office also conducted mock interviews to coach students in applying for internships. Was it successful? Ask Oliver Wyman colleague Kimberly Lennarson, who spearheaded the effort:
"Every time we had these mock interviews, the adults came out of it and were like, 'You know, I would hire this kid.' These were high school kids who had none of the advantages in the world and they just blew us away. They were amazing. And they took what they learned back to their community centers and throughout the year led courses for other kids."
A win-win. The community benefited and office colleagues strengthened their relationships.
Meet One Of The Winners
Isaias – first a junior in the Children's Aid Society program, then a summer program coordinator, now a graduate (full scholarship) of Hobart William Smith College.
"I've had some unfortunate things happen to me. I was placed in a shelter. I've been independent since I was 18, a high school senior. So, you know, that's my number one reason for being so driven. I want to start a nonprofit that provides a place for students to go after school so they don't fall so easily into the bad things that this world has to offer.
Kimberly and Oliver Wyman, they opened my eyes to what's out there, to bigger and better things. That there's more than, like, where I grew up. Oliver Wyman makes me think I can be something else. Talking to people who work for Oliver Wyman gave me a different perspective, they were so generous and very down to earth. Oliver Wyman is like a family."
Beat the Heat: NYC °Cool Roofs
New York gets steamy in the summer – and nowhere is steamier than the black asphalt rooftops, which can reach temperatures of up to 190˚ F. A team of Oliver Wyman and Lippincott volunteers braved those temps to participate in NYC ˚Cool Roofs, a collaboration between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Buildings. Painting rooftops with a specialized reflective coating can reduce building temperatures by up to 30%, cut carbon emissions, improve air quality, and lower energy consumption.
Joining volunteers from Marsh & McClennan Companies and the Green City Force, our team coated the rooftop of a low-income housing development in the South Bronx. The impact was immediate: A quick "heat test" demonstrates the temperature difference between the coated and un-coated roof.
Coating the 8,600 square feet of rooftop in the South Bronx reduces NYC CO2 emissions by almost 8.6 tons and cuts electric bills for residents in this low-income housing development.
Painting Public Spaces in Singapore
Oliver Wyman Gets Creative
A team of Oliver Wyman employees, together with friends and family, took part in the American Chamber of Commerce's Annual Corporate Community Day in Singapore. Armed with paint and brushes and inspired by the artwork of Keith Haring, the group transformed a bare wall in the Bras Basah Complex into vibrant public art – with the government's blessing.
Unleashed creativity and vibrant community art.