GOAL is announcing the beginning of a five-year partnership with Cavan-headquartered Kingspan Group, further strengthening its ability to deliver on its mission of improving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Kingspan Group, the global leader in advanced insulation and building solutions, will support GOAL’s transformative work by providing expertise and products, supported by financial contributions – all combining to a €1.5 million commitment over the five-years – to develop critical infrastructure with sustainability at its core in healthcare and education.
In the first year of the partnership, GOAL and Kingspan will join forces to build a new wing at an important hospital in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. The project will be implemented by GOAL’s humanitarian support staff on the ground using Kingspan’s sustainable products and systems to build a state-of-the-art, 24-bed ward for general care in the hospital.
The new extension will provide the hospital with increased capacity to provide critical care for patients in a community that has been greatly affected by Covid-19. The new wing will be named in memory of Sayri Molina, a GOAL employee who sadly lost her life to the pandemic and will be remembered for her hard work and selfless commitment to GOAL.
Siobhan Walsh, GOAL CEO, said, “We see in Kingspan a shared understanding of the need for innovation in finding sustainable solutions. For GOAL that means supporting vulnerable communities to build resilience against the impacts of climate change, while addressing their critical health needs. We are grateful to Kingspan and look forward to forming a partnership to create lasting change.”
The partnership with GOAL is the flagship project in Kingspan’s new Planet Passionate Communities programme, which supports projects that provide services for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities while using resources in the most sustainable way possible. Bianca Wong, Kingspan’s Global Head of Sustainability, said, “We are proud to be partnering with GOAL, whose values and mission are so closely aligned with our own. We look forward to working with their team to build more sustainable education and healthcare facilities for those who need them most.”
On a local level, businesses across Kingspan Group will allocate resources to support projects in their communities that are aligned with the Planet Passionate ambition of creating a world that is powered by renewable energy, net-zero carbon, manages water sustainably, and protects the earth’s valuable resources by reducing, re-using and recycling.
At the core of Kingspan Group’s Planet Passionate Communities initiative is the ambition to create a positive legacy and a better world. Kingspan’s Chief Executive Gene Murtagh said of the initiative, “As an international business, our local legacy has global reach. We are determined to use our expertise to create positive impacts for people and communities around the world, and to advance the sustainability agenda for all.”