Many of the businesses that make up the present-day Tate & Lyle have been part of the communities in which we operate for more than a hundred years.
We have a strong history of community involvement and we continue to support communities local to our operations and globally.
For Tate & Lyle, community involvement is about having a positive and lasting
relationship with the community: changing lives for the better. We focus on three specific areas:
- Well-being: to provide practical assistance in the area of well-being from health issues including nutrition to general welfare, such as supporting food banks
- Education: to develop young people’s knowledge and understanding of
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM subjects), and their preparedness for a career in a STEM-based discipline, either academically or vocationally
- Environment: to promote environmental sustainability and good environmental management, addressing issues of climate change, natural resources and conservation
Overview of the last year
In the year ended 31 March 2014, charitable donations were £501,000 (2013 – £376,000). We aim to increase our investment in community involvement each
year, in line with the growth of our business.
We seek to engage with local communities where our principal manufacturing, R&D and office facilities are located. Employees at each location can make their own decision as to the specific projects they support and the partnerships that they develop. As a result we support a range of initiatives and organisations in our local communities.
- Well-being: we supported a wide variety of local health and well-being initiatives this year, including United Way community programmes at several
locations in the US. For the second year running, our e-Christmas card supported the homeless charity Crisis at Christmas in London, UK and the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Chicago, USA: both organisations provided practical, immediate assistance to those in need over the holiday period.
- Education: this year we supported local schools, colleges and universities.
For example: by assisting with new equipment purchases, running a road
safety event for children at local schools, and providing scholarship funds to help students access higher education.
- Environment: this year we supported a number of environmental initiatives,
including improvement works to local park and conservation areas, and
We have made good progress in developing our global partnership programmes during the last year.
On well-being, we have continued to be a partner with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN – www.gainhealth.org), and we contributed $50,000 to disaster relief by the Red Cross following the Philippines typhoon in November 2013.
For education, we are implementing an undergraduate bursary/scholarship
programme across selected universities internationally, assisting undergraduates to access courses in STEM disciplines.
For environment, we are a corporate partner of the environmental research and engagement charity Earthwatch (http://eu.earthwatch.org), with which we have established a project on the ecology, conservation and sustainable harvesting of seaweed.