Community: Teaming Up. Giving Back. Forward Together.
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Stronger Communities, Better World
We envision greater things and make them real over the long term, for people and the communities they call home.
Aiding the Youngest in Our World
This year, through CSC Gives Back, we launched a coordinated effort with ChildFund International to focus CSC resources on the children and families most affected by such challenges as the famine in Africa, drought in Haiti and flooding in the United States and Australia. With our employees around the world mobilizing to respond to the challenges these events pose, we created the CSC Gives Back Global Challenge to concentrate our efforts and make a greater difference for affected families and their communities.
During the initial 5-month effort, we raised $32,000, with $22,000 contributed by employees. Subsequently, employees formed teams to assist three communities, in Africa, India and the United States, over the next 2 years. The teams support children, their families and their community, and will also fund a community project providing relief for their most pressing need. The second phase of this program will enable us to extend the financial commitment and collaborate as we focus on long-term partnerships that support children in need.
Forging Bonds, Transforming Lives in Africa
Through our work with the U.S. Navy to implement SureTrak range monitoring systems in developing countries this year, we found opportunities to help rebuild schools, finance development projects and in other ways strengthen communities in Africa. In São Tomé and Príncipe in Central Africa, we provided business training, health education, microfinance and food assistance to families, and we installed electricity and water services and provided uniforms, shoes and other supplies to an elementary school. In southern Kenya, we carried out projects related to education, food shortage, microfinance and medicine in Mombasa and surrounding areas.
Relief for Quake-Damaged Schools
Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011, our employees in Japan, Vietnam and other countries donated more than $28,000 to the recovery effort. Because schools were in especially great need as they worked to restore services under demanding conditions, our teams traveled to schools in affected areas to deliver a range of relief supplies, from face masks and clothes, to desks and chairs, to DVD players, basketballs and other items requested by the children.
Cultivating the STEM Future
For more than 50 years, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines have enabled our professionals to innovate and transform the client enterprise while driving our business growth. In recognition of the importance of these skill sets, we formed a dedicated CSC STEM Council this year to coordinate and drive the progress of our STEM activities worldwide, realizing
- As a Gold Sponsor of the STEMConnector.org project, we provided support that helps stakeholders across the United States connect, share best practices and promote effective approaches to STEM education at all levels.
- We helped improve access to STEM careers for young people in the UK through our participation in the STEMNET initiative, with programs that included hands-on learning experiences at CSC sites.
- We sponsored a student team from Wright State University that designed and built a radio-controlled aircraft as part of a national aerospace engineering competition.
- We sponsored and provided volunteers for the 66th Annual STEM Fair in Washington, DC, to enable students in grades 6 through 12 to showcase their research skills.
Local Focus, Global Progress
We improve the lives of our neighbors and the vibrancy of our communities by taking meaningful action the world over.
Emphasis on Health and Empowerment
This year our diverse CR efforts in India spanned healthcare, education and more:
- Help for Disadvantaged Children. We supported the Udayan Care volunteer organization by working with orphaned and disadvantaged children through a mentorship program that prepares youth for success in the work environment.
- Improving Health. We were actively involved in community health throughout the year, from taking part in a Glaucoma Awareness Walk to organizing an eye health camp, and from
creating a Walk for Blood event to establishing blood drives in which nearly 1,000 employees participated.
- Women’s Empowerment. Together with a charitable trust that helps young women work toward satisfying careers, we provided underprivileged high-school students with educational and vocational coaching as well as access to confidence-boosting activities like music lessons.
Helping the Visually Impaired
In France, we sponsored the Association Valentin Haüy — one of the world’s oldest associations working for the rights, dignity and autonomy of the visually impaired — for a pro bono consulting project. During the 5-month engagement, we helped reorganize and improve the Association’s sales activities, which include offering an online catalog of products to aid the visually impaired.
Caring for the Community
This year, 35 female members of our CSC team in Spain joined with thousands of other women to help raise $60,000 by running the annual Carrera de la Mujer 5K in support of the Spanish Association Against Cancer’s efforts to fight breast cancer. In addition, during our third campaign to combat hunger in the Asturias area, we donated 1,000 kilograms of rice, cooking oil and other staples to food banks at Christmas.
For 17 years, the CSC community in the northeastern United States has come together for the Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge — a skiing and auction event that to date has raised approximately $480,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. At this year’s event, 15 teams and more than 80 racers and skiers participated, helping to raise $20,000 to support the critical work of Dana-Farber on behalf of children and adults with cancer.
Cycling to Beat Cancer
Our team in Australia assisted with Tour de Cure outreach efforts in rural areas to increase awareness about cancer prevention, raised funds to support Cancer Council Australia, donated books to enable crisis support and other services provided by Lifeline, and fielded a large team of cyclists for the 55-mile journey from Sydney to Wollongong to raise money for multiple sclerosis (MS) research.
From economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to villages affected by natural disaster, from daycare centers to shelters for the homeless, and from hospitals to elementary schools and universities, our 96,000-strong team works together in many places and with a growing commitment to move our communities forward, transforming local engagements into global progress.