AO Alliance Foundation
The AO Alliance Foundation (AOAF) is where the AO makes its greatest CSR contribution. Since 2015, we invest annually in the AOAF to improve fracture care in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). In 2016, the AOAF is focusing its efforts on six LMICs: Malawi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Myanmar and Nepal. The AOAF also supports projects that AO surgeons are working on in the developing world.
Carbon compensation is the second biggest AO CSR activity. Since 2013, the AO voluntarily offsets parts of its carbon footprint to make events carbon neutral. In 2016 we offset our Trustees Meeting and TK System meetings' carbon emissions through the financial support of energy efficient cooking stoves and safe water in rural Kenya.
As part of our carbon offsetting activities we have decided to fully compensate the carbon emissions for all flights taken by AO surgeons and staff in the course of their work from 2017 onwards. To achieve this we have placed a focus on two projects in Malawi: rehabilitation of community boreholes and training local community members to maintain them, and restoring and improving existing health clinic infrastructures.
ARGO is a foundation with workshops and residential homes for adults with disabilities in Graubünden. In the workshops, products for industrial, commercial and private customers are produced and sold. We make an annual contribution to a special fund for needy people within ARGO's organization. Our employees and surgeon members are encouraged to make direct contributions and buy their gifts from their online site www.argo-gr.ch.