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Community

Aspen plays an active role in supporting local communities through volunteering and fundraising, as well as developing long-term partnerships to promote global development and creativity. In choosing areas to focus on, Aspen draws inspiration from the Aspen Spirit values, in particular innovation, expertise, developing talent and collaboration. These values are reflected in investment in the areas of education and skills development, health and wellbeing.

An example of this is our long-standing partnership with the Adara Group, an international development organisation, working with communities and local partners to promote the well-being of children and families in Uganda. This is a truly unique partnership due to the depth of engagement in the local communities and the way the charity has become embedded within our corporate culture.

Aspen has donated almost $3.7 million to Adara since ​2​​007. In addition, our employees have run countless fundraising events and hav​e raise​d just over $1.3 million. 

Since 2007, Aspen has stood with Adara as a cornerstone corporate partner to support their work with women, children and newborns in Kiwoko, Uganda. Aspen’s donations have been used to support the work Adara does with Kiwoko Hospital, specifically helping to fund the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the maternity ward, the HIV programme, and the community based healthcare programme.

  • Survival in the NICU for all babies has increased from 77% in 2005, to 89% in 2017. Survival for low-birthweight babies (<2.5kg) has also increased from 61% to 88% in the same time. More than 1,100 babies are admitted to the NICU every year.
  • More than 3,700 women are admitted to the maternity ward each year, and more than 30,000 have received care in the ward since Aspen’s support began in 2007. Admissions have increased by 39% since Aspen helped build the new maternity ward in 2010.
  • Since 2012, more than 47,000 children have been immunised against dangerous and deadly diseases through the community based healthcare programme.
  • Since 2007, Aspen has helped Adara support more than 9,000 people living with HIV with treatment costs and hospital admissions if they become ill.

In 2018, Aspen began supporting Adara’s Remote Community Development programmes in Nepal, where they have worked since 1998. Primarily, this work has taken place in Humla, a remote and mountainous region near the border of Tibet, and home to more than 50,000 people. Adara’s focus is on long term sustainable support to improve health and education for the region. Following the Nepal earthquake in 2015, Adara’s remote community development work expanded to the district of Ghyangfedi, a small remote community in the Nuwakot district, northeast of Kathmandu. There, Adara helped to build a new earthquake-resistant school which 360 students currently attend.

Every year we run the Adara Ambassador programme, where we send employees from across the business to experience the Adara projects in Uganda and Nepal firsthand. This allows us to see the positive impact our support has and gives those who get involved the chance to relay feedback to the rest of business.

The Arts

Our interest in the arts has evolved with our business and we are passionate about supporting artists whose creativity and innovation are an integral part of their work.

The Aspen Art Collection

Contemporary art is a natural extension of the way Aspen’s business works. Great underwriters are innovative and creative; they have to be able to respond to constantly changing environmental and economic risks. Our art collection is a response to these changing environments. It has grown from a small offering to a much larger collection that articulates mutual ideas of perspective and innovation; of seeing the world and its risks in new ways and responding with new solutions.

Aspen shares The Aspen Art Collection with local community groups, in association with the Contemporary Art Society. www.aspenart.co

The Aspen Digital Art Award 

The Aspen Online Art Award was relaunched in 2017 as the Aspen Digital Art Award, doubling in value from £5,000 to £10,000 and allowing a greater range of work to be considered before the winning artist is selected. The award, which has been running for three years, has also expanded internationally to reflect Aspen’s global presence.

The award was set up in partnership with the Contemporary Art Society in 2013 to uncover the most exciting young talent in the field of digital art, a new and rapidly emerging practice.

Previous winning artworks have included virtual worlds created from the unique digital fingerprints of users, anonymous dancers navigating through websites and a Chinese digital landscape painting.

Aspen's involvement with the prize and with digital art represents Aspen's commitment to cutting-edge creative practice. The award also reflects the Contemporary Art Society's mission to identify and support emerging artists and to provide a platform to showcase important new work for the benefit of audiences across the country. 

Performing Arts

Aspen is proud to be Principal Partner of the Almeida Theatre in London. As Principal Partner, Aspen aids the theatre's community and learning programme, Almeida Participation, which runs regular sessions for young people to build confidence, creativity and social skills through projects that respond to the Almeida’s main stage programme. www.almeida.co.uk

Charitable Giving

Employees in each of Aspen’s offices support the communities in which they operate through charitable giving and volunteering with charitable organisations. Aspen supports a number of chosen charity partners across its global operations.

In addition, Aspen UK accepts requests for small, one-off donations. These are considered in the first quarter of every year only and can be made by using the contact information below. 

UK – UKCharityCommitteeInbox@Aspen.co