Regional CR Programs
The dedication of our employees makes CSC stand out, both at work at in the communities where we live and serve. A variety of diverse cultures and passions weave together to bring strength and unity to everything we do.
In 2013 we launched the CSC Charitable Foundation to build additional focus and spirit into our community and philanthropy initiatives around the world. The Foundation will provide new opportunities for employees to participate in outreach programs as well as organize workplace volunteer efforts for the good of the community, employees and Company. Our giving focus areas will include:
• Education: To foster global literacy with focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for children from kindergarten to college age
• Health & Wellness: Enhance community health and wellness at a local and global level, with focus on veterans, disabled and children
• Disaster Relief: Support emergency assistance to those in need after a disaster, or period of crisis or trauma
Our employees also broaden our philanthropic horizons with diverse local and group passions leading us to meaningful community contributions together.
In the United States of America we are proud to celebrate our extensive US Military program to support our heroic military service members and their families through recruitment, philanthropy and volunteerism. This includes supporting military members, family support initiatives, wounded warrior veterans hire and our military spouse employment program. We value America's military community for its loyalty, diversity and strong work ethic. More information can be found about these programs on CSC Salutes. We developed 'CSC Salutes' an Employee Resource Group which is a global community of CSC employees supporting U.S. military veterans and their families through resource sharing, mentoring, training and forums for collaboration, networking, and philanthropy. We also announced a company-wide effort to hire 1,000 veterans and military spouses over the next 12 months. The company is committed to doubling their efforts in hiring veterans and military spouses, taking on the challenge of the White House's Joining Forces initiative.
Many other CSC USA community engagements could be described. Here's another example : CSC employees Paula and her twin sister, Lauren Liebrecht, have been volunteering over 750 hours for ‘keeping the lights shining’ for many years at lighthouses, first on Saturday and Sunday, now volunteering one weekend a month May through October for the National Park Service in North Carolina. They also volunteered more than 300 hours, to work on lighthouse preservation at the Chesapeake Lightship in Baltimore, for the Chesapeake Chapter, U.S. Lighthouse Society. The sisters also serve as editors of the Chesapeake Lights Newsletter for the Chesapeake Chapter, U.S. Lighthouse Society.
Since 2013 CSC Brazil has selected the institution Doutores da Alegria to collaborate on community giving. With this institution, CSC Brazil organizes its Christmas action and donates funds on behalf of its clients. Doutores da Alegria is a civil society nonprofit organization which has been working since 1991 with hospitalized children, their parents and health professionals in order to organize games and playful activities.
For 2015 CSC Brazil's goal is to focus on four main initiatives: Campaign for School Supplies in January and February, Book Donation Campaign in April, Festa Junina (typical Brazilian Party) in June and July, Campaign for Children's Day in October and "Kindness Christmas" in December. Each campaign will have an executive as sponsor. In parallel, CSC Brazil organizes donation campaigns for groceries, hygiene products. A specific campaign for computer equipment no longer in use is organized for institutions which work in the professionalization of adolescents and also for institutions that are school boosters for public school students. Actions will start in São Paulo, being extended to Rio de Janeiro and then São José do Rio Preto, the three locations where CSC is present in Brazil.
In India - Corporate Responsibility has seen a paradigm shift with the new 2013 Company Law, wherein every corporation would need to allocate 2% of its average net profit of the last three financial years for CR initiatives. The new Act requires the board of every company to be accountable for its CSR policy, and its implementation. The CSR Committee set up as per the governance model, comprising of India & Global CR team, has been working towards strategizing and implementing the new CR policy. Aligning to the global CR focus areas and the guidelines provided under the new company law, CSC India has decided to focus on 3 areas: 1) Education, 2) Environment & Disaster Relief and 3) Health & People.
In the Education area, we have partnered with “Make A Difference”, an NGO working towards betterment of life for underprivileged children. The program includes providing educational support and building the skills of such children to help them identify their career choices. This will be conducted across 4 locations (Chennai, Noida, Bangalore, and Hyderabad). We are also associating with Navjyoti Foundation, another NGO in Noida, to provide remedial education to children and help them to build their career skills.
CSC’ers across locations have been deeply involved in providing education to underprivileged children by personally volunteering to impart knowledge to them. Through the Corporate Mentorship Program with Udayan Care and Bulandshahr Computer Classes, the children are being provided computer education. Similar initiatives have been undertaken in partnership with Tapovan Foundation, the Share Education Partner for Success (STEPS) program where employees impart knowledge through classroom sessions. We also sponsor children for their higher education until they graduate and identify career options.
In the Environmental area, we have been participating in the Coastal Cleanup drive in Chennai. We will soon be focusing on “Clean India” initiative across locations - one of the key focus areas in the country. We have undertaken initiatives for “Go Green” where we have planted trees to support the cause. We have undertaken Road Safety Campaigns across locations – creating awareness on the hazards of dangerous driving and building a sense of responsibility among pedestrians to follow road rules.
In India, recently we faced two major weather related disasters – Floods in Jammu & Kashmir, and hurricane Hudhud at Vishakhapatnam. We provided Disaster Relief through two key initiatives – the Collection Drive, where we collected old clothes, blankets, medicine, dry food items for distribution in the flood affected areas, and the Donation Drive, where employees voluntarily contributed and CSC India contributed an equal amount for the Relief Fund.
We also continue to conduct events under our Health & People focus area to help the community like blood donations, eye screening, dental treatment, pulse polio, health awareness and Clean India Drive. Volunteers from CSC visit old age homes and special schools to give gifts/sweets during the festive season. We also conducted an “Organ Donation” camp across locations to build awareness. To enable the visually challenged children, we sponsor MP3 players for them to “hear and learn”.
Europe / UK and Netherlands Region
In the United Kingdom, we achieved the energy management standard ISO 50001 at our UK Kent data centers, focuses on improving energy performance across the data center portfolio. Achieving ISO 50001 has helped us to reduce operating costs and improve our energy performance. CSC UK has an Environmental Management System accredited to ISO 14001 which is applicable to all significant locations and activities and covers 95% of all UK operational GHG emissions and has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in Carbon emissions over a 3 year period
Our UK Community Programme provides our employees with a number of employee volunteering opportunities to give service back to their local communities and in the process, gain very useful leadership skills and experience for employee development.
Our UK CR Program is aligned to supporting youth and education, which means in practical terms in the UK we
- Hire young people through either our apprenticeship or graduates schemes. Annually, we recruit approx. 50 graduates each year.
- Support Futureversity, a London based charity who provides young people with free courses designed to gain the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives and enhance their employability
- Support Young Enterprise, an enterprise and education charity providing the opportunity for young people to learn about business and the world of work in the classroom through their ‘company programme’.
- Educational Business Partnerships, including the Connaught school in Aldershot, a disadvantaged multi-cultural school where we have engaged for over 3 years to help the headteacher transform the school, raise aspirations and improve school results, which has resulted in us being awarded in 2013/14 with a BITC Education Award.
In recent years, CSC in the Netherlands (NL) has been involved with many community based projects and events. An employee charity committee raises money for or organizes a variety of events such as the PosBank 6x6 the KenyaClassic and the cancer foundation. A team of employees participated in the Alpe d'Hues challenge, where cyclists cycle up the Alpe d'Huez mountain in France several times. The last edition of the Alpe d'Huez challenge garnered a total of 25 million Euros.
Last year CSC NL organized a gaming event for a group of 25 'challenged' young people. The event, hosted at CSC offices, involved games that made IT more engaging and provided the students with a mixture of fun, teamwork and education.
Europe/Nordic and Baltic Region
The Nordics is included in CSC's global ISO 14001 certificate and global Environmental Management System for our data centers in Copenhagen and Sweden as well as several office locations around the Nordics. As a result of continuous energy optimization initiatives, the Danish data center in Copenhagen is running at a world-class power usage efficiency level.
Our Community Program includes various employment volunteering events across the Nordics, including the cooperation with universities like Blekinge Tekniska Högskola on career development and internships.
The CR (Corporate Responsibility) group in the Nordics is also working on a new application to help isolated children in hospitals stay in touch with their network. Based on CSC Junior Managers and trainees’ expertise and ingenuity, Let’s Connect aims at enabling hospitalized children in primary school remain a part of their social class room and teaching environment. CSC Denmark is working with pediatricians from Rigshospitalet, Denmark’s most prominent hospital, to get their input and knowledge on the topic. The plan is to have the graduates from the Blekinge Tekniska Högskolain Sweden assist with the actual development of the app as one of their final projects.
Also with a focus on education in Lithuania, CSC has established close cooperation with children houses, organizing career mentorships to benefit future generations of IT specialists. During the six month project implemented by Save the Children Lithuania and CSC Baltic, volunteer IT professionals organize lessons for 33 pupils aged 14–18 from 4 foster homes on effective communication, public speaking and other business basics, and advise them on creative thinking, in order to develop their own entrepreneurship skills and reduce their social exclusion.
Entrepreneurship development lessons represent one of CSC Baltic’s corporate responsibility projects, reflecting CSC’s strategy for competence development initiatives and professional improvement of young people.
Europe Central Region
In CSC Germany, the company car policy has been redefined in order to improve carbon footprint and reduce operating costs. The policy now offers cars with less fuel consumption and also three different models of hybrid cars. Only one percent of German companies propose hybrid cars in their fleet. Additionally, CSC Germany now has three hybrid pool cars that can be used by all employees without company car, for business purposes. For these pool cars and all other hybrid cars, a plug-in station will be installed in the company parking.
Regarding the production of our printed Christmas Cards we decided to cooperate with "Lebenshilfe", a local association that supports disabled people in their daily life and also gives them the possibility to earn their own money by carrying out suitable tasks.
CSC Austria is sponsoring the therapeutical facilities for a school with physically handicapped children in Klagenfurt, Austria. Several of our customers are helping as well and in the end there will be a get together with all sponsoring parties.
Europe South and West Region
In France, we hold a blood drive twice a year to collect blood for the EFS (Etablissement Français du Sang). We also had a business attire drive in order to provide business clothes to those in need for job interviews or simply for working. Employees would donate their suits in perfect conditions, which would be collected at our French headquarter by the Association Emmaüs Défi to be further dispatched.
In 2014, we started to engage with the Foundation La main à la pate (www.fondation-lamap.org), which aims at renewing and expanding teaching in science and technology at school, in France and beyond. Its action focuses on supporting and training teachers in science, encouraging a simple and innovative pedagogy based on experimenting and on the children' active participation. CSC has participated in the financing of the 2014 annual seminar organized for the 20 pilot centers (representing around 8000 classes, among which more than half lies in priority education zones). The seminar included training, coaching, workshops, group meetings with interactive presentations from researchers and scientists. The topic this year was Marine Biodiversity. A thematic evening on Marine Archeology and dissemination of knowledge through 3D technology was organized with local and national organizations (museums, research agencies, laboratories, etc.).
In France, CSC worked with a charity called the Association Valentin Haüy (AVH, http://www.avh.asso.fr/) to provide pro-bono IT support. The charity's mission is to support the blind community in their struggle for access to culture and professional life. The association helps more than 65 000 blind people in France, and more than 1.2 million visually impaired persons by offering them many cultural, professional or leisure adapted services. The AVH also manages a Training Center (CFRP), which can accommodate 170 young people and adults who want to learn a new job. Based on the growing IT workload and limited workforce, the AVH and CFRP asked CSC to define the relevant technical and organizational targets and to advise on the approach to be adopted, in order to maintain business continuity and the level of service provided.
In Spain our Spanish team has an established calendar of events that support the local community. These activities range from an annual charity breakfast in aid of local Cancer support organizations, to food donations, IT equipment donations and regular blood drives for which we have recently received an award.
CSC Spain funded the implementation of a carpooling platform for employees. Users can access the web tool freely to locate vehicles from their area doing the same trip at the same time or can opt to offer space in their own vehicle. This solution has removed cars from the roads, generated cost savings for employees and contributes to reduced environmental impact.
Australia and New Zealand Region
Our CSC Australia team enjoys pursuing community change through physical challenges. In 2014, for the eighth consecutive year, CSC supported staff, their families and invited customers through participation in charity cycling events around Australia. In October 2014, "Captain Kirk" Barrett, a CSC Australia employee has lead a 45-member Team CSC on the 90-kilometre ride from Sydney Park, St Peters, to Thomas Dalton Park at Fairy Meadow, raising over $20K to fight against Multiple Sclerosis.
Each year, we
for Cancer Council Australia, through participating in Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, as well as teaming up with a not-for-profit organization to raise money and cook nutritious meals for distribution to 350 charities across Melbourne. This June’s edition, we raised $1,642.10. To date, CSC has raised an impressive $271,239.23 through previous morning tea events. This is CSC Australia's 16th year of involvement in this event.
Here are other key events hosted this year:
- A Pink Ribbon Morning Tea was hosted on October to raise awareness for women's cancer with a total of $650 raised.
- A Movember Morning Tea was held on November to raise awareness of men's cancers and depression with a total of $2,651 raised for the Movember Foundation.
- A Can and Food Drive collection has been organized over the Christmas period to help feed hundreds of disadvantaged children, adults and families through the Exodus Foundation.
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Asia Middle East and African Region
In South Africa (SA), CSC focuses on building firm foundations on which learners can build their future science and technology careers. Many barriers to learning and teaching mathematics and science exist in our country. Our corporate responsibility (CR) initiatives are aimed at reducing these barriers and fostering a love for mathematics and science from a young age. In doing so, we hope to build a future generation of innovators, with the skills to find solutions to the challenges faced by our country.
Our CR initiatives are reflective of the inherent diversity of our nation. Our projects touch the lives of all ages, races, religions and creeds. We have two STEM learning centers in SA, which focuses on long term development in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our tutoring projects focus on immediate assistance to teachers and learners in these areas.
Our food garden projects provide active learning opportunities for impoverished communities where STEM education can be used to meet critical physiological needs. These garden projects include teaching people to use natural resources to build sustainable food gardens for subsistence farming and as a source of income. Our team is excited to continue building our network of learning centers, tutoring projects and food gardens as we continue to pursue our dream of building innovation through STEM learning.
In Vietnam our employees participated in fundraising for local charities devoted to healthcare, education and vocational training for youth. We demonstrated our commitment to sharing and building the local community by organizing a wide range of corporate responsibility activities throughout the year. For example, we frequently provision living supplies to underprivileged children and orphans living at Charity Centers, donate used PCs for primary schools in remote provinces, annually join FUN RUN events for charity fund raising and participate in blood donation drives. Our support for Operation Smile Vietnam provides surgery for children with facial deformities and eye surgery for the blind through Ho Chi Minh City's Poor Patients Associations.
In December 2014, a delegation from CSC Vietnam visited the Hoa Hong Center, located in Cu Chi, where 80 disadvantaged children, in particular orphaned and abandoned children are taken care of. More than 80 gifts were distributed to the children along with food and necessary supplies, to share Christmas warmth and spirit. Cash donation was also presented to Soeur My, head of the Center, to cover other necessary expenses.
CSC Vietnam has also received two prestigious HR Awards for Human Resource Management at the Award Ceremony of the Vietnam HR Award 2014 on December 10 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City. Thirteen companies were honored & received the Award at the Vietnam HR Awards 2014, co-organized by Talentnet and the Labor & Social Affairs newspaper and endorsed by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA). CSC Vietnam won 2 out of the 5 categories: Leading HR Practices 2014 - Category “Performance Management” and - Category “HR Transformation”.