Meet a Need Programme

Our Meet a Need programme combines corporate volunteering with funding for projects that meet a specific social or environmental need in the region. Mr Heinrich Jessen, Chairman, personally devised and launched the initiative in 2007. The idea was simple; create hands-on opportunities for our staff to support not-for-profit projects in the region. The work had to meet a particular need and staff had to be given the chance to be involved with the community.
"We are involved in community projects because we feel that this is how a business should operate, connected to and sharing experiences with the people in the communities around it."  Heinrich Jessen, Chairman
Since it began more than 2,000 of our employees have applied to join a Meet a Need trip and over 200 colleagues helped meet a local need in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. 
► View more photos and video on our Meet a Need Facebook page

Previous trips

Planting the Seed of Sustainability - November 2016

Staff volunteers imparts eco-tourism and life skills to a small community in Cambodia’s Central Cardamom forest Read more

Removing Obstacles to Knowledge - July 2016

Staff volunteers help transform children’s lives through education ► Read more 

Water Facility and Conservation Education - November 2015

Volunteers helped build a water facility and renovate the Bodogol Conservation Education Centre ► Read more

Preschool for Rural Community - June 2015

Volunteers helped build the preschool for children in remote area of Vietnam ► Read more

Fresh Water Supplies - October 2014

Volunteers helped to build a piping system for the local community and planted trees to restore the forest. ► Read more

Houses for Cambodia's Families - June 2014

Working alongside beneficiary families the team of volunteers helped construct houses for a poor, rural community in Cambodia. ► Read more


Marshland and Animal Care Centre - December 2013

Volunteers had a chance to see a lesser-known side of Singapore to build a drainage system for its education centre and helped out at the animal care centre. ► Read more

Nutrition Centre for Rural Philippine Community - July 2013

Volunteers helped build a nutrition centre, which will enable the community in rural Bohol tackle the problem of malnutrition, especially amongst children. ► Read more

Meet a Need at Mantanani Island  - December 2012

Volunteers helped the islanders of Manatanani, Sabah to solve one problem: creating a sustainable drinking water supply. ► Read more
Building a learning centre - July 2012
Partnered with World Visions, volunteers helped construct a centre for teaching farming and other life skills in Bo Kluea, Thailand. ► Read more
Conserving the of Ulu Muda forests- December 2011
Volunteers helped conservation efforts in the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve in Kedah, Malaysia, by lending a hand to field officers from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).► Read more

Facilitating clean water access - July 2011

Volunteers travelled to Kirivong in Cambodia to work on the construction of school latrines and rain water tanks for two primary schools.► Read more

Building a primary school  - December 2010

Volunteers travel to the remote mountainous area of Hang Lia commune, North Vietnam, to build two classrooms for a primary school. ► Read more

Saving Javan rhinos - July 2010

Volunteers support the WWF's work in Ujung Kulong National Park, Indonesia, installing video surveillance and building observation tree houses. ► Read more


What it means to me

Meet a Need is an experience of a lifetime, changing the way staff think and feel about their community and their fellow colleagues. We asked participants to share their most memorable moments; the people they met, what they learned, how the trip changed them and what it was like to work for a greater good. ► Read more