In 2018 Mungo began putting the wheels in motion for our very own CSR programme – MOVE
From the start of the new financial year in March 2019, Mungo began putting 1% of its annual turnover towards projects and initiatives that seek to benefit and empower the Plettenberg Bay area in which our mill and entire production process is based.
The company’s success then becomes mutually beneficial to all, so by helping our staff to see that their contribution to the success of the company influences the 1% (and in turn how much they can then contribute to their own communities), Mungo hopes to use the MOVE program to help foster a culture of ‘win/win’.
Having members of our staff on the MOVE committee, most of whom have an insight into the challenges of the underprivileged communities in which they live, ensures that the actual interests and needs of the people living in these areas are being represented and pursued by the initiative. In this way, MOVE hopes to keep growing organically in terms of its output and association. Through a series of workshops and research we explore where we can have a long term impact that is enabling rather than reformative.
“The three P’s: People, Planet and Profit”
Thus far, these are some of the causes MOVE has been putting its time and resources towards:
The Kids of Kurland Project
Every year we invite a class of students from The Crags Primary School to the Mungo Mill for a mill tour and a workshop in textile design. Each student designs a kikoi colourway, and one design chosen and put into production on our looms. The Kids of Kurland Kikoi is sold online and in our stores, and the full proceeds of its sale goes towards funding a much-needed additional teacher at the Crags Primary School. Through this project, our aim is to fund one teacher’s salary each year.
The Mungo Swim Club
In 2021 we launched the Mungo Swim Club – a five-day early morning swim challenge with the mutual benefit of helping us all feel a little better, and give back whilst doing so.
In our 2021 pilot club, we had 231 swimmers complete the challenge, awarding each with a Mungo towel, and sponsoring 231 surf therapy lessons with Waves for Change on their behalf. In 2022, we had 471 swimmers take part, and were able to donated R45,600 to I Am Water, a local NPO who offer transformative experiences to youths in under-resourced communities with the aim of inspiring the next generation of ocean conservationists.
The Green Hearts are a dedicated group who work tirelessly to spread awareness, and to provide assistance to those affected by child abuse in the Plettenberg Bay area and surrounds.
In conjunction with our annual factory sale event, hosted at our HQ at Old Nick Village, we have been hosting a yearly pre-sale fundraiser in aid of the Green Hearts.
The Toy Project was set up as a social enterprise, offering skills development and income to women in rural communities.
We donate offcuts from our mill, and then buy back the finished toys to sell in our shops and online.
Since its inception in 2019, MOVE has provided support and funding to causes aligned with our continued interest in environmental and social upliftment.
This has included flood relief donations to Gift of the Givers, educational support funding, fire relief support, donations to locally based organisations in support of vulnerable women and children, transport for local clubs and ongoing support to Mungo staff and family members.
Awareness of Domestic Violence
Following the violent death of one of our former staff members in December 2018, MOVE intends to dedicate time and resources towards collaborating with organisations involved in fighting the epidemic of gender-based violence that continues to grip our country. MOVE is committed to pursuing and supporting any social initiatives that set out to address a shift away from violent expression in our society as a whole, especially through the education of our younger generation.
A vital component in the wellbeing of our communities within the world is the health and preservation of the planet. As such, MOVE is committed to changing attitudes and actions which support and improve our natural environment. We avoid single-use plastic wherever possible, and currently our products are packaged for distribution using fully recyclable and biodegradable Baobags. We regularly clear all the alien vegetation on the property around our mill, and use non-potable water to keep our garden green in more than one way.
Mungo is extremely conscious of managing the waste produced by our business. Our offcuts are donated to local hand weavers and crafters. We reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. As ambassadors of Eco Atlas, our staff were recently treated to an interactive workshop by Rhian Berning, demonstrating the need and importance of recycling and caring for the environment.
Kurland Juniors Running Club
The Mungo shuttle bus currently provides free transport for the members of the Kurland Juniors Running Club to their meets and races on the weekends. Mungo drivers volunteer their time for this positive initiative.
Mungo has set aside 1.5 hours of production time every month for educational and inspirational talks to be presented to staff on a wide variety of topics, introducing them to new ideas and important concepts.