We recognise the importance of forging close relationships with local communities in the countries where we operate. This is especially important in our sites in West Wales and South Australia where we undertake activities to raise our profile and drive recruitment. We periodically organise open days for friends and family of employees at our manufacturing facility in Wales, as well as educational open days for local school children.
The activity day at the Melmark School near Philadelphia which provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
We principally give to charities which either support diseases or conditions in which we are therapeutically focused or that benefit the local communities in which we operate. We encourage employees to support charitable events to raise money for their chosen charities and in most locations we match individual donations up to a designated cap.
During 2010-11 we made donations of £12,921 to charities which included:
- Cancer Research UK
- The MS Society, UK
- Marie Curie Cancer care, UK
- Wales Air Ambulance, Wales
- Christian Lewis Children's Cancer Charity, Wales
- Ty Hafan - palliative care for children, Wales
In February 2011 our office in Philadelphia organised an activity day at Melmark, a local provider of residential, educational, therapeutic, and recreational services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.Our employees partnered with students and adults for a fun, interactive day on the dance floor.
Our London office organised Hunt Your London last year, a team based treasure hunt around the City of London. This was a fun team building exercise and also raised money for our corporate charity Cancer Research UK.
In addition, we operate a Give As You Earn ('GAYE') Scheme in the UK. This enables employees to efficiently donate, so money that would normally be given in tax goes to their chosen charity instead.
OurAnnual Report and Accounts 2012 includes a summary of all our 2011-12 activities, together with our latest data to help us understand and manage our various community and environmental impacts.
Targets for 2012-13
- Organise community/charitable activities and initiatives at each of our sites to raise money for our local corporate charities.
- Review equivalent options to extend our Give As You Earn scheme to other territories.
Our Corporate Responsibility Committee comprises employees from all the main areas of the business, as we recognise that this breadth of knowledge helps us to understand all of our environmental impacts.