In 2015, a group of SeaLanders, touched by a community activity that had been organized by SeaLand, asked our CEO Craig Mygatt if we could become more involved with communities. Inspired by this, we set out to design a focused community giving program that would support local expression. We partnered with The Collaboration Vector Inc., whose approach was transformative and one in which SeaLanders became engaged with non-profit partners to generate innovative solutions to community challenges. Along the journey, 33 SeaLanders provided input into the design of our policy as we proactively engaged in discussions with non-profit partners in our various countries. We aligned with 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and went on to secure multiple partnerships that we intend to nurture over the long-term.
Our program is about engagement, action, and impact. Following an intensive engagement phase, SeaLanders led multiple relationship building initiatives to help secure partnerships. They designed creative volunteer activities during the action phase. Now in the impact phase, measuring social and business impact is supporting long-term adjustment and informing maintain, divest, and invest decisions. Employee engagement with the company is highly favorable in relation to the program. On the social impact side, we completed two social impact studies and have 2 more underway. All non-profit agreements, to the extent possible, are based on progress on social impact parameters. With our partner in Panama, we catalyzed an office recycling movement that we are happy to report, has the potential to extend well beyond SeaLand’s reach!
We proactively researched and partnered with non-profit organizations in communities within which SeaLand operates. SeaLanders believed that these organizations had the potential to significantly impact at least one of our three prioritized sectors. Each partner qualified on a series of additional project-related parameters.
SeaLand is working with FEM International to transfer trade and logistics expertise to WAYUU women from 10 artisanal communities in Northern Colombia’s Guajira region. The program aims to promote trade of these indigenous women’s unique products that carry the rich, colorful cultural heritage of the country. In doing so, SeaLand and FEM International aim to strengthen the economic and social conditions of WAYUU communities.
SeaLand and The DREAM Project built a library in Virgen de Carmen school in Santo Domingo where reading is being emphasized as an instrument of change. SeaLanders participated in the various milestones of the library set up and work directly with students lacking in basic reading skills. The partnership is in response to the critical state of literacy education in the Dominican Republic.
In Mexico City, SeaLand is supporting EDUCA’s quality improvement and math programs in SEDAC school. EDUCA measures the school’s performance before and after program implementation for each academic year and compares it with state-wide benchmarks. The program aims to improve much needed access to quality education in impoverished regions of Mexico. SeaLanders attend annual benchmarking events, receive the children at the office for special events, and visit the school to participate in activities such as the safety program and math class.
Working with LEEO and The School Board of Broward County, SeaLanders aim to connect educational with economic opportunities for high school students in Miramar by preparing them for the workplace or higher education. SeaLander volunteers develop curriculums and special projects in response to the priorities established by the school board and deliver these directly to the students. They include simulated business cases, career skills development, and coaching on the creation of an effective resume, interview skills, and presentation skills.
SeaLand and His House Children’s Home partnered in Miramar, Florida to create the BEYOND program. Located close to SeaLand’s headquarters in Miramar, SeaLanders engage directly with His House foster children and teens in multiple educational outings, special events and celebrations throughout the year. A team of SeaLanders is now working with His House to design a specific “life skills” curriculum to address the unique needs of foster children and support them in navigating life and career challenges.
SeaLand and newly secured partner Lifting Hands are enabling inclusive education by allowing youth with physical limitations access to the same educational community programs as their peers. SeaLanders will tutor the children with the aim of increasing primary school graduation rates and overall academic performance. SeaLand funded the redesign of Lifting Hands’ community center to incorporate an access ramp that will welcome all children and provide them with the numerous benefits that the center offers.
SeaLand and its partner Costa Recicla, with the help of SeaLanders commonly referred to as “The Green Team” and “The Green Heroes”, implemented a recycling program in the office in Panama that has gained momentum through exposure to additional businesses. The initiative supports Costa Recicla’s efforts to create the first green project in Costa del Este by reducing large amounts of garbage that now go into streets, rivers and the sea. A pilot study has been completed that describes the business, social, and environmental impact of this project.Recycling Study
Working with Outreach360, SeaLanders delivered creative educational activities that engaged children’s active participation in learning about shipping and logistics, customer service, and sales. Through reciprocal visits to the children’s community and Sealand offices and container yard, the children are learning about life and career choices. A mentorship program is now in final design stages (with accompanying impact study) that will encourage children to stay in school and graduate high school well qualified to attend college or obtain gainful employment.
SeaLand and partner Humanity & Hope United Foundation are supporting a pig business led by women with passion and vision in La Coroza, Honduras. Previously unemployed or marginally employed women from this small community work full time towards building this sustainable business, though trial and tribulation, to support their families and enrich their community. A formal study, soon to be published, has been completed that engaged SeaLanders in understanding the impact of the pig business on the women and on their communities.
SeaLanders are working with newly secured partner Projeto Arrastão to design a career preparation program for youth in Brazil. The program will prepare youth for the labour market, entrepreneurship, and assist them in building relationships and adopting work values such as respect, listening, understanding, caring. A formal study is in final design stages to accompany this partnership and understand the impact that it will have on youth and on SeaLanders.
As a precursor to a long-term partnership in Quality Education in Peru, SeaLanders kicked off their work with Oli Foundation, in collaboration with Enseña Perú, to support a special project at Belaúnde Terry Elementary School (BTES). Located close to the Port, the school receives children from difficult backgrounds where suicide rates are high and loss and suffering is prevalent. SeaLanders supported the realization of a festive “Batacuda” concert, where BTES children worked effectively and efficiently with their peers to “light up” the community during the holidays.
SeaLand has 11 partnerships in place throughout the Americas and is in the midst of establishing a 12th partnership in Chile.
Engaging with our communities in a transformative way is helping us become a better company. It provides a purpose-filled channel for extending SeaLanders’ can-do attitude beyond the doors of our organization and promotes leadership and problem-solving skills that can be translated to client and other stakeholder interactions. We are delighted to be engaging, acting, and impacting our communities in a way true to our core values and meaningful for our non-profit partners, communities, employees and our company.