We recognise the importance of social, environmental and ethical (SEE) matters and during 2013 continued our work on complying with the ABI disclosure guidelines on social responsibility (SR). SEE matters are integral to the philosophy of the Group. The Board and its committees from time to time receive reports on aspects of SEE.
We consider that our work is part of a continuous process to develop standards and working practices designed to deliver tangible improvements in how we do business and to contribute to the wider community and stakeholders. We seek to achieve this through initiatives supported by our various offices around the world and the efforts of individual employees as ambassadors for CSR. At the wider Group level this includes impact assessments of our operations on the environment, on the safety and well-being of our employees and end-users of our products. Furthermore, we assess those involved in the development and manufacture of our products through our suppliers, distributors and customers. Activities in these areas are discussed in more detail on pages 43 and 44 of our 2013 Annual Report.
In the following section, we summarise some of the activities which have been undertaken by our offices and employees. We are proud to be able to share details which demonstrate the dedication shown by our staff, their families and friends. The initiatives for these activities come either directly from individual employees or the social responsibility committee associated with a particular company office. CSR has over 20 offices across the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The Company supports approved individual and team proposals by granting time out of the working week (one day per annum in the case of UK-based employees) to enable certain social responsibility activities and through a matched funding scheme, encourage the participants in their endeavours.
We are keen to give back to the community in a variety of ways including using our own expertise to help others – especially schoolchildren – to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In Haifa, Israel, we continue to participate in ‘Think Positive’, which is a tutoring programme matching volunteers to improve maths capabilities of junior high school students. Weekly ‘one to one’ lessons take place at the CSR Haifa office. In addition to these lessons we also give presentations on our technology, demonstrating how the ideas the students are learning about have real world application. The programme is led and driven by the ‘Haifa Coalition for Social Responsibility’ partnered with CSR Haifa, Intel, IBM, Phillips, Taro, Qualcomm and the regional Ministry of Haifa. ‘Think Positive’ has shown proven success in improving students’ maths grades and more than half of the students have chosen to pursue studies in technology.
CSR has since its creation in 2010, provided sponsorship and the support of its employees to the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF). Seeking to inspire young people to pursue careers in the electronics industry, UKESF has partnered with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) to create an electronics-based project called Go4SET. The EDT’s Go4SET programme brings schools and technology companies together to run workshops across a school term for school children aged 12-14, setting and providing guidance on solving problems which combine the sciences and mathematics with an element of fun.
One of CSR’s employees is a member of the UKESF Strategic Advisory Board which oversees the utilisation of funds for a number of programmes, including industry scholarships, summer schools and the latest Go4SET initiative, which are run in different parts of the UK, including Cambridge. A number of CSR employees contribute to the design and implementation of the Go4SET workshops and support the industry scholars during their placement. As part of the industry scholarship programme, since 2010, CSR has supported six students who have graduated and we are providing ongoing placements in the current year for under-graduates.
Each year, employees in many of our offices are invited to nominate their ‘Charity of the Year’ through an office-wide voting process. Other office locations regularly provide help to charities through the more direct involvement of our employees. We seek to match the funds raised by our employees where possible, and will consider all applications including those outside the engineering/science remit.
In 2013, CSR was awarded the ‘Payroll Giving Silver Award 2013’, the Charities Aid Foundation quality mark for commitment to encouraging employees to donate to charity. This award recognises the level of support within workforces to giving out of their regular salary to charitable causes. During 2013, our charitable giving totaled $157,568, of which $19,626 was given by employees direct from their salaries.
Forexamples of our social responsibility initiatives across Europe, the USA and Asia-Pacific, please see the SR area of the site under About Us