Seamark prides itself on its support and participation within the communities in which it operates in both the UK and Bangladesh, and is involved in a variety of community fundraising projects.
In the UK, the company has supported a number of North West fundraising appeals, including one for the new children’s hospital in Manchester, and one at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
Seamark has also played a major role in the regeneration and revival of east Manchester, an area of the city that has been transformed in recent years. It was one of the first companies to make a significant investment in the Ancoats area, with the creation of its headquarters and Vermilion & Cinnabar on Hulme Hall Lane, near the highly-acclaimed SportCity development. Seamark Chairman & Chief Executive Iqbal Ahmed has also served on the board of New East Manchester Ltd, the regeneration body that has overseen the transformation of the area. Seamark has also been involved in the ‘Strike a Balance’ healthy eating partnership between Manchester City Football Club and Manchester Healthy Schools. The scheme, launched in 2011, offers free five-week healthy eating programmes to primary schools across Manchester.
Seamark has been a big supporter of the Prince of Wales ‘Seeing is Believing’ campaign, a national programme which encourages local businesses to take an active role regenerating deprived areas, while it also supports the Lifeshare charity for the homeless.
Iqbal Ahmed leads by example, supporting and helping good causes both in Bangladesh and the North West of England. For instance, he has founded the Iqbal Bros Foundation, a charity set up to improve the life of people in the third world, with a special emphasis on education, training, housing and healthcare.
One of the projects the charity is proud to have been involved with is the sponsorship and development of the Burunga Iqbal Ahmed High School and College, which educates 1,450 pupils in Sylhet in North East Bangladesh.
In 2011 a group of high-profile volunteers from the UK visited the school as part of the Conservative Party’s ‘International Social Action’ project. The volunteers gave youngsters at the school English lessons as part of Project Maja, an initiative led by Baroness Warsi.
Seamark continues to set high standards in all aspects of food production in terms of hygiene, the environment and working conditions.
The group has always been careful to source its raw materials from environmentally sustainable sources, and all its business policies and strategies are developed to minimise the impact of its operations on the environment, from general waste to carbon emissions. Seamark also ensures the working conditions of all its staff exceed international labour standards.
The group is firmly committed to upholding basic human rights. It fully supports the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation, a UN agency, which seeks the promotion of social justice and recognised labour rights. Seamark has always been committed to ensuring all its activities and all its suppliers comply with ethical trading, and with codes of labour practice based on internationally agreed labour standards.