AerCap supports a range of charities each year in the communities in which we operate. Through our social responsibility program we encourage employees to support local and national organizations that strengthen the communities in which they live and work. The company contributes by matching the funds raised by AerCap employee team efforts for the benefit of local community projects. These are some of the charities we have contributed to through employee participation and company donations.
Our current key charity partner is ORBIS, a global charity fighting blindness through training, advocacy and research. One of its initiatives, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, is an aircraft on-board training facility that reaches developing countries and regions that otherwise may lack access to training. In 2017, AerCap employees participated in the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa, in support of ORBIS’ sight-saving work in southern Ethiopia.
Four million people in Ethiopia are blind or visually impaired. The country accounts for 30 percent of trachoma, a painful blinding eye disease, in sub-Saharan African countries. A scarcity of trained eye care professionals and low awareness of basic eye health contribute to the high prevalence of trachoma. In order to eliminate trachoma, ORBIS conducts surgeries and eye examinations as well as distributing antibiotics. Since 2006, ORBIS Ireland has supported work in an area of 2.2 million people in southern Ethiopia.
Inner City Helping Homeless
AerCap, through the support of the AerCap Tag Rugby Team, named EI-Tag, has helped to raise vital financial support for charity partner, Inner City Helping Homeless over the past two years.
Through their Outreach volunteering program, the ICHH provide support to those who are homeless on the streets of Dublin, 7 nights a week, with the provision of meals, hot drinks and essential items such as clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries. The ICHH also offer an advocacy service, assisting individuals and families on all matters related to homelessness.
Irish Hospice and Care Services
This year, AerCap supported the Irish Hospice and Care Services' Sunflower Days fundraiser, in aid of St. Francis Hospice in Raheny and Blanchardstown, Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold's Cross and Blackrock, Co. Dublin and Milford Hospice and Care Centre in Co. Limerick. As part of the fundraising effort staff took part in the Women's Mini Marathon, the Wicklow 100 and 200 and the Great Limerick Run.
As Ireland’s largest specialist palliative care providers, their on-going commitment is to provide the highest quality care in communities across Ireland, enabling their patients and residents to live as full a life as possible, while providing practical support for their loved ones.
Over 140 AerCap staff took part in the Darkness into Light walk, in aid of Pieta House from across our offices worldwide including Dublin, Shannon, Singapore and Los Angeles. A total of €15,000 was raised through the effort.
Pieta House was founded in Lucan, Co Dublin, in 2006 and now has services right across Ireland. Pieta House offers free counselling to those suffering from suicidal ideation, those who have been bereaved by suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. Staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service.
Environment and Sustainability
AerCap is committed to responsible and sustainable business practices from reducing environmental impact in our offices worldwide to incorporating the most advanced technology aircraft into our fleet, while deposing of older aircraft. This has a positive impact on the environment, as these new technology aircraft generate significantly less pollution than older aircraft and engines.See how we are making this change