Mumbai, India

Run, raise, rise


“Run, raise, rise” is the motto used by the Mumbai office to promote the participation of Trafigura employees in the Tata Mumbai Marathon that took place in January 2018. From a clutch of runners in previous editions of the marathon, this year’s event surpassed every expectation in terms of fundraising results and runners’ attendance. 132 local employees (an amount that equals 25% of the Mumbai office) and 8 global staff from other Trafigura offices joined the run in a spectacular day of shared efforts.

Thanks to the fundraising endeavours of local runners and senior management, who engaged business partners in the collect of money for the Mumbai Charity Committee, the local office was able to raise around USD 400,000, an amount that will be doubled by the Trafigura Foundation’s matching funds scheme.

Such a stunning achievement was possible thanks to the personal efforts and passion that some of the local employees put in the organisations of the event. Another key for success was the idea to promote participation in the marathon as a way to take care of oneself, dedicate more time to the personal wellbeing of the mind and the body through the practice of running.


Boosting economic inclusiveness with Rang De

A smart initiative was set up by the Charity Committee to tackle the fraudulent situation affecting the credit system in India. “To support small entrepreneurs and families and prevent them from relying on usurers, we are participating in a micro credit programme promoted on the social platform Rang De” explains Tony Hara, Chairman of the Charity Committee and CEO of Trafigura Global Services. “On this platform, an account has been created for Trafigura employees: everyone can access, visualize the profile of the borrowers, where they live, what they want to create with the money they borrow, how much money they need and in how much time they will give you back the money. This is a project we would like to further spread across our office because it can really make the difference for many families while requiring little effort (and expenses) from employees. In India, financial inclusiveness is something very rare and people who are excluded from access to wealth fall into deadly traps of local usurers who ask for absurd interests that borrowers will never afford to pay. Therefore, it is fundamental that people who are financially included share this privilege with those who are excluded”.

The fundraising campaign was successfully achieved with the participation of 333 Trafigura employees and the collection of USD 31,000, an amount that will be doubled by the Foundation’s matching funds scheme. To learn more about the Trafigura campaign visit Rang De’s dedicated page


Unlimited social entrepreneurship in India

Socio-economic growth can be addressed also by supporting creative and innovative solutions provided by exceptional individuals who want to trigger positive change in the environment where they live. These are social entrepreneurs. The Mumbai Charity Committee provides invaluable support to one of the Trafigura Foundation’s partner organizations, the launch pad for social entrepreneurs called UnLtd India. The Foundation is financing a selected portfolio of 9 projects addressing urgent social issues in India. Managers from the Trafigura’s office in Mumbai are mentoring some of these projects and sharing their business expertise with social entrepreneurs. This is the case for Ninad Bhide, Head of Procurement at the Mumbai Office and member of the Mumbai Charity Committee, which is supporting the programme Sustainable Agro International (SAI) created by the social entrepreneur Jitendra Sinha. “Jitendra’s project aims at providing livelihoods to marginal and small farmers, helping them set up an agro-forestry model that converts their barren land into a revenue generating asset thanks to the cultivation of Eucalyptus trees,” says Ninad. “I’m supporting SAI in framing up the business plan as well as helping with negotiation inputs for the purchase of seeds, saplings, fertilizers and other agriculture products. I have a call with SAI once a week where we discuss weekly progress and I help with any issue that I can address.

In the picture:UnLtd India’s project Sustainable Agro International (SAI).

Emergency – Disaster relief

The consistency of the monsoon’s seasonal precipitation can reach catastrophic dimensions, causing major floods that wipe out houses, belongings and lives. Unprecedented rainfalls hit the zone of Jamur Kashmir and dreadful floods in the Southern region of Chennai were declared a national calamity. The Mumbai staff immediately replied to these events, starting fundraising campaigns with an exemplar readiness and promptness (in Chennai, Trafigura was the first company in India to reach out people hit by the floods), supporting with financial aids the organisations Goonj and Seeds. Another important fundraising action has been undertaken to help the population hit by the 2014 earthquake in Nepal. 


Helping children with special needs

Poverty and the lack of health cares are major plagues affecting Indian people and limiting chances of survival for kids living in slums. This situation is even more dramatic for children with disabilities: the Mumbai Charity Committee decided to support the Urmi Foundation, which help kids with developmental disabilities uplift their academic and social conditions within special schools and communities built around them. Moreover, the Mumbai staff has provided funds and dedicated time to the Desire Society, an organisation that looks after kids with HIV who cannot afford medical healings, and has organised a joyful show over Christmas to cheer up the little guests of the association.

In the picture:The Mumbai Charity Committee co-host a charity event in partnership with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at the National Centre of Performing Arts on 8 July 2016. 25 underprivileged children from the NGO Muktangan have attended to the event and had the opportunity to interact with James Gaffigan, the Chief Conductor of the LSO and Numa Bischof-Ullman, the Executive Director for the LSO.