Corporate Responsibility Programs - Europe
Europe Central Region
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
View more here: United Kingdom Corporate Responsibility
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.
Nordic & Baltic Region
University Relations Program
CSC’s University Relations Program is about promoting CSC as an attractive employer amongst students and young professionals, in order to attract the best talents to CSC. In the Nordic and Baltic region (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Lithuania), many hours are put into establishing partnerships with educational institutions, sponsoring events, preparing IT subject programs, hosting lectures, providing mentoring and guidance on thesis writing, and participating in various career fairs and university events, across all four countries. During these numerous activities, CSC employees -our ambassadors have the opportunity to meet talented students face-to-face, share information and experiences, and answer questions regarding CSC in general, our truly international organization, and nonetheless, the remarkable career possibilities within CSC.
“From 2014 to 2015, we participated and arranged more than 26 career fairs and university events, across the entire region, engaging more than 65 CSC employees, which resulted in more than 1,900 conversations with talented young bright minds. Going forward, we will participate in even more events ” - Laura Erdem, Former University Relations Program Lead.
Copenhagen Business School, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Stockholm University, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Vilnius University and Kaunas University of Technology is just a small portion of all universities, within the Nordic and Baltic region, where CSC was present during the various career fairs and university events. Click below to access our Facebook albums and check out some of our best moments:
CSC Baltic – Teaming with Universities
CSC Baltic actively engages with students and have so far, collaborated with 4 partnering universities in Lithuania on various projects, such as mentoring, lecturing, Master‘s and Bachelor‘s Thesis nominations, open house events, career days, the implementation of lounge areas, and so on. These initiatives are a significant step on the way to attracting and retaining talent, since they present a great oppertunity to meet talented students, understand their mindset, and present the amazing possibilities within CSC. As an example, CSC Baltic have been present at multiple annual career days, organized by major universities in Lithuania.
In spring 2015, CSC Baltic worked together with Lithuanian universities in order to organize the CSC Baltic Graduates Award for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree graduates. Students from Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, and Vilnius College participated in the contest for the Best Final Thesis. Winners from each univeristy were drawned, one amongst the Bachelor‘s degree graduates and one amongst the Master‘s degree graduates. This initiative helped ambitious students to get great recognition, beyond their campus borders. The next CSC Baltic Graduates Award is already on the drawing board.
Finally, CSC Baltic have launched “CSC Lounge” areas at four universities, where students can study, prepare presentations and group work, or just relax.