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From the United States to India, and from Lithuania to South Africa, our employees seek to transform our world through small acts that add up to large, positive changes in the communities where we live and work. We envision progress on a global scale, then invest time and energy in our own neighborhoods to make it real. Whether it’s expanding access to education, providing for a healthier environment, promoting child welfare or supporting wounded warriors and people with disabilities, the work we do in the places most familiar to us has the power to radiate far and wide.
Young Lives, Bright Futures
Young people give voice to the future. At CSC, we take pride in supporting children and adolescents in need through mentoring and outreach efforts that create opportunities for everyone involved. When the physical, intellectual and social development of our youth is assured, so is the health of our communities over time.
Rebuilding a Place of Refuge
For children and adolescents growing up in rural areas of the UK, the support provided by Young Cumbria (YC) makes a tangible difference. This year we partnered with YC to raise funds to repair flood damage to its lakeside cottage, which gives young people the opportunity to experience a peaceful natural setting. In addition, we stepped in to fix windows and paint walls. Our work with the organization extended to pro bono technology support, including database design.
Practicing the Art of Sharety
“Sharety” combines the concepts of charity and sharing to create positive change. At an art-focused sharety event organized by our Central Region team in Europe, CSC employees’ children illustrated client Christmas cards with seasonal mosaics. For each card our young artists created, we donated funds to Kinderwelten e.V., which supports young people’s health, education and social development. We also donated food and other resources to a regional organization that fights hunger.
Preparing young people for the next steps on their school and career journeys: That was the goal of our Baltic region employees as they continued this year to donate time, energy and other resources to the Pabrade Children’s Home in Lithuania. Among other efforts, we raised funds through an auction to outfit a gallery that will display the children’s artwork.
Local Lessons, Unlimited Possibilities
Lessons in work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship help students and their communities compete more successfully in the global economy. As part of the Junior Achievement (JA) program in Delaware, members of our Chemical, Energy and Natural Resources (CENR) team volunteered to visit classrooms and share insights. By becoming teachers for a day, we enabled young people from kindergarten through 12th grade to gain fluency in key business and economic concepts.
From School to Career
At the Connaught School in Hampshire, UK, we drew on business expertise and personal experience to deliver improvements. As the school restructured to empower staff, the Head Teacher used CSC best practices for business management and transformation. For the school’s 60 IT pupils, we also provided IT Diploma project management workshops throughout the year, at CSC EMEA headquarters in Aldershot. In addition, we held interactive sessions to help students improve interpersonal skills and motivation.
CSC strives to be a responsible corporate citizen in all that we do. By developing forward-thinking programs, we contribute to a better future for the communities where we live and do business around the world.
Emerging Partnerships in Emerging Markets
As we expand in the emerging markets of Latin America, we find new opportunities to support the region’s underserved communities. This year, we became the first corporate sponsor of Community in Action (CiA), a Rio de Janeiro–based non-governmental organization (NGO) that offers vocational, cultural and personal development programs for all ages. CiA is located in the Complexo do Alemão,
one of Rio’s largest favelas with more than 100,000 residents. A CSC contribution helped CiA fund operations and educational offerings. And with our consulting support, CiA developed a new business model for 2012 that will enable it to place social entrepreneurs in other community organizations and increase its scope.
The Mentoring Difference
Leveraging their business and IT skills, CSC UK employees participated in community workshops where they mentored unemployed youths on how to develop their small-business startup plans or coached them on how to tailor their CVs and interview professionally for job prospects. We also provided pro bono business management consulting and mentoring to managers of social enterprises, not-for-profits and charity organizations, to help them manage their organizations more efficiently and sustainably.
Helping seniors stay active and connected to others, enabling young people to develop job skills and overcome learning disabilities, and assisting the homeless: These were some of our efforts as active supporters of the Community Matters Partnership. With help from other businesses and universities located near our Aldershot, UK, offices, we raised funds for worthy causes, helped local charities with strategic business planning and provided desktop engineering services for the nearby Vine Day Centre.
Removing Barriers, Enlarging Possibilities
When there are no barriers to work, contribute and achieve, everyone can be said to fully participate. By creating a truly inclusive culture, we empower our people to collaborate, expand and improve what we bring to our clients and ultimately achieve a stronger, more innovative global enterprise.
Support for People with Disabilities
During the past year, our team members in India reached out in many ways to assist people with disabilities: by providing scholarships and study aids and recorded books for visually impaired children and adults; sponsoring state-level sports competitions for children with disabilities; donating an art center, orchestra and recording set to a school for the disabled; and supplying medical equipment to the Free Artificial Limb Centre at the Hindu Mission Hospital.
At the 2011 Leadership Gala of the American Association of People with Disabilities, policymakers and other leaders gathered to focus on the economic and political empowerment of people with disabilities. We served as a sponsor of the event, and a CSC employee participated in the “Real Clothes for Real People” fashion show, which featured women with disabilities.
Training Today for Tomorrow’s Leaders
For more than a decade, we’ve collaborated with Bender Consulting Services, Inc., to provide learning programs, career opportunities and other support for people with disabilities. One example is our work with the Bender Leadership Academy, an outreach effort designed to help Delaware high school students hone leadership skills and prepare for careers in technology. CSC employees help organize Academy classes, and this year, we hosted the 10th Annual Leadership Academy Graduation ceremony, where our executives were among the speakers. Our Disability Mentoring Day event included opportunities for students to shadow CSC employees on the job.
Innovating to Effect Positive Change
After more than 50 years, the innovative spirit that sparked CSC’s founding continues to guide us. By bringing new ideas and technology, we position our clients to take advantage of business trends ahead of the market. And by applying our innovation, ideas and technology to social challenges in the communities we call home, we find new ways to support worthy causes and serve people in need.
Wiring Nonprofits for Success
NPower plays a critical role in the U.S. nonprofit sector by creating connections between socially responsible businesses and nonprofits. As a National Corporate Underwriter of NPower, we provided support that helped NPower train young adults for IT careers and supply affordable IT solutions to make nonprofits more effective. And our pro bono management of service desk operations brought technical and process expertise to the organizations NPower serves.
Cultivating Cyber Talent
Demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals continues to grow at U.S. Federal agencies and across the IT services industry. To encourage interest in cybersecurity careers and identify talented practitioners, we hosted a cybersecurity competition for students from Washington, DC-area colleges and universities. Known as CSC CYB3R BATTL3GROUND and held at one of our state-of-the-art Innovation Centers, the competition offered participants a chance to learn while protecting a network from simulated cyber attacks. We donated laptops from the competition to the schools’ computer science departments.
Committing Random Hacks of Kindness
Founded in 2009 by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA and the World Bank, Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK) is a community of innovators focused on creating open-source solutions to global challenges. To address natural disasters, terrorism and pandemics, RHOK connects disaster management and climate change experts with a worldwide programming community. We support RHOK in Berlin, and this year our software developers volunteered time and expertise to participate in an RHOK programming competition.
By regularly collaborating with universities and other institutions, we help further education and leading-edge research in technology, science and engineering. This year, we partnered with Yale University to explore the emerging field of industrial ecology, and we provided funding to Wright State University for a new faculty position focusing on cybersecurity research. In addition, we have contributed $250,000 over a 5-year period to support the NASA Stennis Education Center in its mission to inform the public about the past, present and future of space exploration.
Supporting Wounded Warriors and Their Families
A respectful commemoration of their valor. Hope and home in times of stress. The opportunity to transition to a satisfying career. These are the hallmarks of our support for wounded warriors.
Creating a Home Away from Home
The families of injured service members need a welcoming place to stay when their loved ones are receiving treatment for injuries. To provide that home away from home free of charge, we partnered with CharityWorks to raise $450,000 to help fund construction of one of the largest-ever Fisher Houses for veterans’ families, on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Help for Heroes
All funds raised by the UK Help for Heroes (H4H) charity go to the direct, practical support of service members wounded or injured in the line of duty. Our UK team recently chose this rapidly growing organization as its Charity of the Year. As part of this collaboration, we assisted H4H with the creation of a rehabilitation and retraining center by installing desktops, wireless networks and IT-enabled training suites to support both medical staff and military patients. In addition, we raised funds for H4H through purchases of H4H merchandise, extensive participation in a wristband sales campaign at sites across the UK, a trivia competition at our UK Royal Pavilion headquarters, and cycling and golf events.
A Commitment to Those Who Serve
A rehabilitative cycling event, the 2011 Washington, DC Soldier Ride helps service members recovering from injuries to reclaim their confidence and strength. By participating, we helped raise funds to support the Wounded Warrior Project. We also sponsored Operation Jump Start, a fundraising event that helps younger wounded warriors transition into civilian careers.
Commemorating Veterans Day
To honor veterans in a new way, we sponsored a 1-hour television special, “The Wounded Warrior Experience,” featuring interviews with six veterans who have faced challenges since returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The special ran on the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Network on Veterans Day 2010.
A Caring Global Community
No matter where we live and work, all over the world, our commitment is the same: to improve the lives of our neighbors and the vibrancy of our communities by taking meaningful action, individually and in collaboration with our colleagues.
Country: South Africa
In Dialogue with the Future
Together with Global Development for Peace and Leadership (GDPL), we supported the Western Cape Youth Dialogue Forum to help young South Africans practice leadership skills and engage with institutions of learning and the larger community. Coordinated by young people, the Forum enabled participants to speak across generations and shape educational opportunities for themselves and their Cape Town peers. We also provided funding for the GDPL’s Emerging Leadership Programme, which equips youth with training in negotiation and collaboration.
Country: The Netherlands
In the Netherlands we focused on medical care for children with chronic illnesses such as heart disease and asthma, Make a Wish Foundation initiatives, flood relief, and rainforest conservation. This year our Dutch team organized a creative fundraising effort in which employees purchased decommissioned CSC laptops, then voted for which charities would receive proceeds from these sales. In addition, we supported the Children with Burns Foundation through donations to a week-long camp and a horseback-riding event. And, by competing in a boat race, four CSCers raised $14,000 for programs that serve children with disabilities.
Focus on Child Health
This year we contributed to efforts by Projeto Pequeninos to combat hunger among children from low-income families in Brasilia; helped the Monte Azul organization equip young people from underserved communities with educational toys that improve their dexterity and fine motor skills; and conducted a food drive for local daycare centers, in collaboration with the Anglican Institute.
Involved in Our Communities,
Invested in Our World
We partnered in 2011 with Operation Smile Vietnam to offer logistical assistance to doctors providing care for children with facial deformities. At the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology in Hanoi, CSCers helped set up the screening site, prepare medical records and support approximately 100 patients undergoing checkups and evaluation. Among other efforts, we also joined in a fun run to raise money for local charities that focus on healthcare, education, vocational training and support for people with disabilities.
Countries: The UK and India
Bringing Globalization Up Close
As part of the UK Prime Minister Global Fellowship program, CSC India hosted five young professionals from the UK during a 2-week placement that broadened their knowledge of international business. Along with seeing how global IT companies operate, the global fellows learned about the rapid transformation of today’s emerging economies, the effects of globalization, and the roles played by corporate functions such as human resources. Participants also explored the importance of implementing sustainable business practices and met with representatives of our Go Green program.
The commitment our employees share to bettering the communities in which we live and work is evident worldwide. Whether we’re contributing in the classroom or in rural villages, mentoring young people or helping wounded warriors find rewarding careers, our priority is to make lasting impacts in all that we do, in many places around the globe.