Our CSR goals for 2015
2 January 2015, by Chris Harris
We’ve set ourselves some goals for 2015 to try and make the world a better place. I’ve listed some below and I’ll let you know how we get on in a year’s time. If you have any other suggestions, please let us know – we’re always trying to improve our CSR efforts!
- We love what Tech City Stars are doing, and we got involved in their mock interview process in 2014. This year we want to help them to prepare their students for technical interviews too, so they can find more apprenticeships.
- We believe it’s important to make people aware of the opportunities available to them in the tech sector, so I have set us a goal of giving 200 young people a positive experience of the IT industry this year.
- Jamie has managed to get 28 of our developers signed up to be Code Club Pro trainers. His goal is for at least 13 of them to deliver a session in 2015.
- We’ll also be aiming to run a weekly code club session at a local school throughout the year.
- Now that we sponsor a village in Ghana (Bonkron) through Ashanti Development, we want to do loads for them, including providing beekeeping training and getting the internet installed.
- Our Charity Saturdays were a great success last year – this year we want to raise at least £25,000 through the scheme.
- Iain wants us to achieve the Payroll Giving Gold award. As part of this he hopes to persuade 10 employees to sign the Giving What We Can pledge.
Using our skills
- Alex has had some great experiences being on the board of trustees for various charities, and thereby providing them with invaluable technical advice, and wants to persuade at least one of his colleagues to do the same.
- We use open source software so much, we feel a duty to give something back. Tim wants 50% of our developers to have contributed to an open source project by this time next year.
- We’ve written a few small websites for charities – we’d like to make sure we do so again this year.