Why I give to MSF
Michael Jones, CEO of Clover and Fonterra's dairy export joint-venture
“One of the things that appealed to us about MSF is its neutrality,” says Michael Jones, CEO of Clover and Fonterra’s dairy export joint-venture, of the company’s decision to support MSF. “There is no agenda in their work, and they have a clear focus - giving healthcare to those who really need it.”
Jones, a father of three small children, grew up in a small town in New Zealand, but moved to the city to pursue his studies and favourite sports. After starting at Fonterra in an entry-level job, his determination to succeed saw him promoted in a succession of management positions in the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, United Arab Emirates and finally, South Africa.
His travels have exposed Jones to extreme poverty and appalling living conditions. “When you’ve seen people earning a living from a mountain of rubbish or living in a boat surrounded by filthy water, it really makes you want to improve these lives by giving back,” he says of his involvement and commitment through Fonterra to continue supporting MSF’s work.