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 during the year we continued to support communities local to our operations. Additionally, we have made good progress in implementing our new community involvement strategy as defined last year, including the establishment of new global programmes and partnerships.
For Tate & Lyle, community involvement is about having a positive and lasting relationship with the community: specifically changing things for the better in the areas of education, well-being and the environment.
- 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.
- 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.
- Environment: to promote environmental sustainability and good environmental management, addressing issues of climate change, water resources and conservation.
We aim to increase our investment in these three areas each year, in line with the growth of our business.
Overview of the year
In the year ended 31 March 2013, chartiable donations were £376,000 (2012: £308,000). We expect to increase contributions further in the year to 31 March 2014.
We aim to engage with local communities where our manufacturing, R&D and office facilities are located. Different locations can make their own decisions as to the specific projects they support and the partnerships that they develop, thereby catering to relevant local needs.
We support a wide range of initiatives and organisations in our local communities.
- Education: we support local schools, for example by assisting with new equipment or facilities, and provide scholarship funds to assist students to go to colleges and universities.
- Well-being: we support a wide variety of local health and well-being initiatives.
This year, our e-Christmas card supported the homeless charity Crisis at Christmas in London, UK and the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Chicago, USA. Both of these organisations provided practical, immediate assistance to those in need over the holiday period.
- Environment: we support a number of local environmental initiatives.
During the year, we also started to develop global partnership programmes in our three community involvement areas. For well-being, we have become a business alliance partner with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and for environment we have become a corporate partner of the environmental research and action charity Earthwatch International. We are working with both charities to set up our own specific programme. For education, we expect to announce educational partnerships during calendar year 2013.
We recognise that being a responsible corporate citizen includes having a strong and forward-looking community involvement programme.
We plan to develop our community involvement programme by:
- expanding the geographical reach
- further developing our global and local partnership programmes
- making a larger financial commitment.