Community Giving

For many years OIL’s Charitable Contributions Committee has provided individual donations to a diverse spectrum of Bermuda charities as OIL’s corporate headquarters are located in Bermuda. This year the Committee decided to focus its annual financial gifting toward fewer charities and with larger donations in order to make a significant impact where support is seen to be needed.

We encourage our staff to be active in supporting community giving programs which include internal fund raising events, annual “Day of Giving” activities, mentorships and volunteering their time through service to a wide variety of Bermuda charities. The following highlights a few of our recent initiatives.

Requests for financial contributions, sponsorships or corporate memberships should be directed to our Corporate Contributions mailbox:  community@omsl.bm

KBB Railway Trail Clean-Up

In November 2021, the Oil Group of Companies, joined a collaborative effort with ABIC (Association of Bermuda International Companies), KBB (Keep Bermuda Beautiful) and the Parks Department to keep the Bermuda Railway Trail clean.   Coordinated with KBB, we adopted part of a railway trail in one of the eastern parishes of the island (Hamilton Parish).  Volunteers from the Oil Group of Companies will monitor the trail once a quarter to clean our designated section.  This would entail collecting trash along the trail and any that can be accessed safely along the rocky shoreline.    Trash bags and gloves were provided by KBB.  The refuse was left at public trash bins at either end of the trail section for pick-up by the Parks Dept.

Below are photos of the first group of 11 enthusiastic volunteers in action during the November clean-up.  As you can see, quite a lot of trash was collected, mostly from the shoreline so it was definitely a worthwhile and much needed exercise.  The community will also benefit as this will enhance their enjoyment of walking the beautiful seaside trails.

 

KEMH Meal Train

In October 2021, the Oil Group of Companies participated in the ‘Meal Train’ initiative along with other companies and individuals on the island.  ‘Meal Train’ was a scheme set-up by Victoria Markus to provide free meals to all of the front-line workers (doctors and nurses) at our local hospital, King Edward Memorial, who have been working tirelessly in response to COVID 19 hospitalizations.  We provided 50 lunches and 50 dinners for two days to various departments in the hospital.  Along with their meals, they received a ‘Thank You’ note from the Oil Group of Companies in several languages thanking them for their hard work and dedication in caring for COVID patients.  We as patrons sponsored the meals and utilized various restaurants around the island to fill the meal orders.  This was doubly beneficial to the island because not only was this helping the hospital, it was also supporting the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Below are a few photographs of some of the grateful Doctors and nurses receiving their lunches and dinners.  All in all, the scheme was a great success, the meals were well received and it helped a lot of people in our community!

Oil Insurance & Oil Casualty Insurance donate in excess of $350,000 towards COVID-19 Relief

OIL & OCIL have responded to the need for on-going community support primarily to help struggling families. The Companies, who annually support approx. 30 charities, set up a special fund to specifically assist with Covid-19 crisis funds.  The focus of the grants were to assist Bermuda based charities who doing extraordinary work on the “social need front lines.”

Gail Miller, Vice President – HR & Admin for OIL & OCIL said, “Our senior leadership team recognized there was an additional need to support Bermuda in excess of our annual charity budget and readily agreed to a special fund to be used to provide much needed support to families during this crisis.”  Substantial donations were made to the Women’s Resource Centre, Coalition for the Protection of Children, Eliza Doolittle Society, the special KEMP PPE fund and the Bermuda Community Foundation – Emergency Fund.

In addition, the companies enhanced their staff matching policy by matching all monies donated to charity by staff on a $2 for $1 basis.”  Miss Miller went on to say, “by increasing our staff matching, this enables our Companies to specifically support charities that are important to our staff.”

Bertil Olsson, President & CEO stated, “Both OIL and OCIL have enjoyed very long associations with Bermuda.  OIL will be celebrating 50 years in Bermuda in 2022 and OCIL was formed 34 years ago.  The Companies employ 56 staff locally and insure in excess of three trillion dollars of energy assets globally. Supporting Bermuda during these very challenging times is a priority for our organization.”

Past Initiatives

Some of our past charitable initiatives within the Bermuda community include:

  • OIL staff volunteer at the Windreach Recreational Village (garden clean-up, etc.)
  • $375,000 support to The Bermuda Hospital Charitable Trust’s ‘Why It Matters’ Campaign
  • The restoration of two historic cannons at St. George’s Town Hall
  • Annual support to the disadvantaged to attend Summer Day Camps via The Coalition for the Protection of Children
  • Annual support to The Family Centre who work with children and families
  • Annual support to the SCARS (Saving Children & Revealing Secrets) education program

…. and many other worthy initiatives.