Community involvement 

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.

Our approach
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.

Local programmes/partnerships
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
    tree planting.

Global partnerships
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.

        Reaching out to the community – and to colleagues

        Reaching out to the community – and to colleagues

        “When you volunteer, it not only makes you feel good about the work you are doing in the community, but it also creates opportunities to learn more about each other,” says Angie Muether, Associate Food Scientist.

        Angie helps organise outreach activities from our Decatur, US site, supporting schools and community programmes in the area – and drawing colleagues closer together. As part of the scheme, Associate Food Scientist Adrienne Stucky is one of around 20 US R&D volunteers who spend four Saturdays a year serving lunches at a community programme called the Good Samaritan Inn. “This experience gave me a different perspective on the value of food and how most of us take its availability for granted,” Adrienne says. “It made me feel even better about the work Tate & Lyle is doing to make food more nutritious and affordable.”