In 2013 Global Plantations CEO Joanne White created the international charity, BIG WORLD IMPACT. BWI are committed to the empowerment of communities and individuals through bespoke education and support projects, with the aim of creating self-sustainable futures.


Jo wanted a charity that represented her values and that would offer 100% transparency to benefactors; detailed information on projects, news of new programmes and plans and full reports on achievements and successes.



BWI’s mission is to:



  • Use education as a tool for empowerment and break through the cycle of poverty


  • Improve the chances of vulnerable children being offered access to education


  • Set up community projects to work with children and young people in deprived areas


  • Support local communities and tackle social issues


  • Finance building works and provide volunteers for projects in areas of deprivation, in United Kingdom and other countries


  •  Provide people with access to employment and encourage them to make productive contributions to their communities



To find out more about BWI’s global mission please visit their website at:




Global Plantations are corporate sponsors of the Born Free Foundation


From small beginnings, the Born Free Foundation has grown into a global force for wildlife, with a personal passion for wild animals and desire for positive change remain at the heart of the foundation. Described by The Times as ‘Big enough to make a difference, but small enough to care,’ Born Free is not a big anonymous organisation, but a family of like-minded people who share the same goals. Their work to prevent individual animal suffering, protect threatened species and keep wildlife in the wild sets them apart from the rest.



Safe future for four rescued lions in Ensessakotteh - Ethiopia


A team from Born Free, alongside colleagues from the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) accompanied by Joanne White from Global Plantations successfully relocated the lions to Ensessakotteh, Ethiopia’s first wildlife rescue, conservation and education centre.


In two separate operations, the specialist rescue team moved two adult male lions from the Presidential Palace in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and a further two males from a military base in Harar in Eastern Ethiopia.


Virginia McKenna OBE, Founder Trustee of the Born Free Foundation, travelled to Ethiopia and, speaking following a meeting with His Excellency, President Girma Wolde Giorgis in Addis Ababa, said, “It is wonderful to see these majestic lions relocated to Ensessakotteh where they will be able to live out their lives in spacious natural ranges. Our sincere thanks must go to His Excellency, President Girma whose support has enabled us to be here to witness these magnificent lions take their first steps on grass.”


On Tuesday 1st November, lions Andrea and Janu, were moved to their new home. Originally rescued in 2006 and cared for at the Italian Embassy by Deputy Head of Mission, Marco Tornetta and his wife Chantal, these lions were given temporary refuge at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa while Ensessakotteh was being constructed. Their move went smoothly under the  care and attention of Veterinary Consultants, John Knight and Rea Tschopp, and other representatives from Born Free.


The team regrouped in Addis Ababa before making the long journey to Harar where Major and General lived near an Army Parade ground. Here, with the full support and assistance of the Ministry of National Defence, South-Eastern Command, the male lions were darted and made ready for their 16 hour journey to Ensessakotteh. Originally found abandoned as cubs in the wild by a group of soldiers, Major and General had been kept at the army base for 13 years.


Arriving at Ensessakotteh, Born Free Ethiopia’s Project Director, Stephen Brend said, “Two huge black-maned adult lions, the army could no longer manage them. They requested EWCA’s help in rehoming them and EWCA subsequently asked Born Free to assist. It took over three months to build a spacious and secure home for them and I am delighted we were able to complete the work on time to give them a wonderful early Christmas present.”


Major and General and Andrea and Janu have joined two other rescued lions, Dolo and Safia, and six rescued cheetah at Ensessakotteh. With public support from people all over the world, Born Free has committed to caring for these animals for the rest of their lives.



Go Wild at Goodwood - In Aid of The Born Free Foundation


On the 9th of November 2012, Global Plantations, in partnership with SWAGS World®, were very proud to present a celebrity gala evening at Goodwood House in Chichester, to support the amazing work of the Born Free Foundation.


This glittering, star-studded evening included a drinks and canapé reception, guided tour of Goodwood House and a three course dinner with specially selected fine wines. We held a Grand auction with the chance to bid on some fantastic, one-of-a-kind items, as well as speeches from our celebrity guests, live music and entertainment. Global Plantations would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for attending our event at the beautiful, historic Goodwood House, for what was a highly enjoyable evening of entertainment, inspiration and amazement.


The aim of this evening was to raise awareness of and continue the good work of the Born Free Foundation - a charity we have the utmost respect for and the chosen charity of both Global Plantations and SWAGS World®.


To view the photos of this amazing event please go to:



Sponsored Kilimanjaro Climb


In 2011, Raw Food Scientist Maxine Tuck became an investor in our teak plantations in Sri Lanka. Whilst chatting to Joanne White (CEO Global Plantations) during a follow-up conversation, Maxine mentioned her 2008 attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro which she had unfortunately had to abandon, due to life-threatening signs of altitude sickness. The emotion was clear in her voice - “my dream of standing on the roof of Africa died as I received an emergency evacuation from the mountain.”


Jo was moved by her story and immediately offered to sponsor her to attempt the climb again on behalf of Global Plantations, to raise money for the Born Free Foundation. Maxine successfully climbed Kilimanjaro in February 2012 and shared her incredible, courageous, awe-inspiring story on her blog. She managed to raise a fantastic £1,832.00 for the Born Free Foundation through her JustGiving website. Here is an excerpt from her travel diary, the rest of which can be read on her blog:



Or you can view the stunning photos of her trip here:




Global Plantations also support The Bel Air Children's Home in Granada


The Bel Air Children’s Home is on the beautiful island of Grenada. The Bel Air Home in Calliste, was opened on January 12th 1999. The children are from backgrounds of neglect, abuse and abandonment. Their care is centred on personal development and personal tutoring based on each child’s capabilities. There is a pre-school for the older children from the nursery which helps with early childhood development in an environment where corporal punishment is not permitted.


The Home was purpose built to accommodate up to 20 babies and toddlers in the nursery and 20 adolescent girls in individual cubicles (measuring 5′ x 8′) on the upper floor. There are currently thirty two children in the home, aged between 4 months and twenty years of age.


In April 2011, Global Plantations sent 46 boxes of food, medical supplies, bedding and clothes along with a generous donation from our founder and CEO, Jo White.


In June 2012 Global Plantations donated a total of 9 pallets including white goods, toys, food, TV’s and much more to Bel Air’s Children’s Home. On the 7th June, Global Plantations representatives traveled to Bel Air in Grenada and spent a week helping out with building work and spending some quality time with the children and staff.



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