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OVO Foundation’s 2020 annual report

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Posted:

7 November 2021

A note from our Chair

Our annual report gives us the chance to reflect on a truly remarkable year. When we began 2020, we had no idea what lay ahead of us.  The impact of Covid has affected OVO Foundation’s work – from England to Kenya – across all areas of our work, from early-years to homelessness to energy access.

I am incredibly proud of the impact that our partners have made despite the challenging circumstances. I am grateful to each of them for their resilience and sheer determination, adapting delivery to continue, and in many cases scale the projects, to benefit those most in need. Over the course of 2020, we electrified 300 schools and health clinics in rural Kenya, we supported 88 young people and brought a further five properties back into use through Future Builders, and we reached 2,790 children through our educational inequality programme. We also responded directly to the Coronavirus crisis through OVO Gives Back and invested £120,000 in local charities that were helping those most impacted by the pandemic. 

2020 was also a year of governance transition. I want to pass on my huge gratitude to Stephen Fitzpatrick, Founder and CEO of OVO Energy, for establishing the Foundation in 2014. Although he stepped down from the board in 2020, his vision and values remain integral to the work of the Foundation and we look forward to continuing his legacy. At the same time, we were pleased to welcome two new trustees. Phil Kerry brings a wealth of experience not just in youth homelessness but also from various roles within the charitable sector. Raman Bhatia is OVO Energy’s Chief Operating Office and his experience in financial and business management will also help to further the work of the Foundation. We are delighted to have them on board alongside Kate Weinberg and Samuel Kasumu. 

With the new governance came a new vision – to ensure that all children and young people have equitable access to a sustainable future. The new environment created by the pandemic, alongside our ever growing awareness of the climate crisis and the need to take urgent action, has driven us to prioritise how we create a fairer future for children and young people around the world. Our new vision is designed to complement OVO Energy’s new sustainability strategy, Plan Zero, which aims to drive progress to net-zero carbon living. We are delighted to have launched a new £1m programme to children and young people in the UK with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take action on the climate crisis – and have created three new partnerships to help achieve this goal. 

We believe that our strategy is part of an emerging and much broader societal movement. We hope that talking and learning about climate issues become part of our daily lives, so that everyone knows what they can do to take action, and to make the world a greener, fairer place to grow up in.

Gina Cicerone

Chair of Trustees

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