Our programme also provides valuable opportunities for the personal and professional development of employees by supporting their participation in community and charity-based initiatives.
IP Advisers for the Public
PIIPA (Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors) is a United States based organisation that does pro bono IP work for people in the developing world who do not have resources to work with IP lawyers. Rouser's Nick Redfearn and Gunawan Suryomurcito are on the PIIPA panel. When Rouse comes across people with great ideas who cannot afford to protect them we recommend them to PIIPA.
Give As You Earn scheme
Rouse Cares in the UK is making giving easy with their Give As You Earn scheme for charity donations. The scheme is offered and encouraged as it costs employees less and the nominated charities receive more! With the charity receiving money regularly it enables better future planning - quite a significant benefit!
Rouse Indonesia supports the Priscilla Hall Foundation
Rouse Indonesia has been supporting the Priscilla Hall Foundation since 2007. The Foundation was set up by the family and friends of Priscilla, an Australian, after she was killed in a plane accident at Lake Lido, 65 km south of Jakarta in Indonesia. The foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable fund that aims to help underprivileged children of Indonesia. The vision of the Foundation is 'to provide direct and on-going assistance to Indonesian children in need, with a focus on meeting their basic nutritional, shelter and educational requirements.'
Rouse continues to support the Foundation as a major sponsor of an annual fund-raiser and by supporting the Foundation's projects, such as Rasa Meja Depan, a Jakarta orphanage and school for homeless children. The Rouse team also provide technical support to the Foundation's board.
Fair Trials Abroad
Fair Trials Abroad was launched by British lawyer, Stephen Jakobi, following the widespread public outrage and concern generated by the case of Karen Smith, a British citizen arrested in Thailand and tried without proper legal representation or redress. It pursues its mission to 'Protect the Rights of the Travelling Citizen' by taking on individual cases and by research at a strategic level that uses patterns of discrimination and injustice that are thrown up by the casework. It is regularly invited to advise the European Union on matters of national legal systems and discrimination against EU citizens whilst abroad. We provide pro bono case management assistance to Fair Trials Abroad on an ongoing basis.
Trade Plus Aid
The Trade Plus Aid charitable trust, established by Charlotte di Vita M.B.E, donates funds to projects designed to alleviate poverty in some of the world's poorest communities. Rouse have been working with Trade plus Aid since 2000 and since 2008, has given over 1600 hours of pro bono time. Trade plus Aid has accredited development projects to Rouse in recognition of our valuable pro bono work which include:
• Providing seed capital in East Timor to create opportunities for people in chronic poverty to transform their lives (Project partnered with Opportunity International)
• Conserving wildlife in Zambia and working to stop elephant poaching and illegal snaring and fishing (Project partnered with The Environmental Investigative Agency)
• Protecting and caring for street children in Vietnam and Mongolia with the hope of helping each child maximise their life potential (Project partnered with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation
• Educating young people in America about HIV/AIDS prevention and encouraging them to make informed decisions about their health (Project partnered with LIFEbeat)
• Empowering local communities in need in Asia to provide access to safe, quality education as well as assisting in the rebuilding of communities after human-made and natural disasters (Project partnered with Reach Out To Asia)
• Making dreams come true for terminally ill and life limited children in the UK by giving them unforgettable experiences and long lasting happy memories (Project partnered with Dreams Come True.)
Our pro bono work
We are committed to providing pro bono legal services to a range of charities and community organisations and encourage all of our professional staff globally to take part in these activities.
Charities regularly supported by Rouse include:
Children in Need: The BBC's UK corporate charity which provides grants to projects in the UK that focus on children and disadvantaged young people
Poppy Appeal: This raises funds for The Royal British Legion and supports the Armed Forces and their families
'Movember': The month of November is taken over by men growing moustaches to raise funds and awareness of men's health, specifically prostate cancer
'Wear it Pink': Supports the Breast Cancer Campaign
'Whitechapel Mission': A homeless charity in London, near the Rouse HQ, which provides food, shelter, clothing and medical care
We also sponsor and support our employees in a wide range of their favourite national and international charitable activities. In the UK, for example, this has included the London Marathon and the Blenheim Triathlon, as well as a ‘Sports Shirt Friday’ for the Bobby Moore Fund and holding a ‘Great Rouse Bake-off’ for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. In Hong Kong we take part in the 'Spring Barefoot' charity walk for Children in Hong Kong which is organised by World Vision, as well as the Dragon Boat Race for WWF. In Dubai, our staff donates blood at Blood Donation Camps. And in Vietnam our employees held an auction for local charities and flood victims.
We review our CSR achievements regularly and annually update our policy statement to reflect the changing nature of the environment.