Sustainability Report 2021 - Page 15

Sustainability Report 2021
The Group ’ s charitable and community engagement aims to make a lasting impact in the communities local to our manufacturing sites . This has been particularly important in the past year of Covid-19 .
A new CSR team , which I am privileged to lead , was formed this year . The focus remains on supporting the communities where our business operations are located .
It was , and is , particularly important during this Covid-19 pandemic to get help quickly to those who need it most . Our main area of focus was the very young and the elderly .
As well as our ongoing support of CHAS and St Vincent ’ s Hospice , we continued to support local branches of Children 1st and Families First Johnstone , as well as Renfrewshire Woman ’ s Aid and Home-Start Renfrewshire .
We respond to the agencies , who advise on point of need . We learned in the first wave that our support through food packs , essentials and activity packs to help with home schooling were greatly appreciated . Latterly there has been more of a focus on mental health .
Having asked our employees for suggestions , we have been delighted to add Darkwood Crew , who are doing amazing work in Ferguslie , to our regular recipients . Similarly , following colleagues ’ requests we have funded youth workers for both The Star Project Paisley and Youth Interventions Linwood .
As always , our marvellous colleagues responded to our collective Christmas fundraiser , raising hundreds of pounds in vouchers for children and donating more than 200 gifts within Glasgow and Renfrewshire .
In the early days of the pandemic when there was a shortage of PPE , we were particularly pleased to be able to manufacture hundreds of visors for local health workers .
Despite being a difficult year , it is clear that in addition to our direct company support , a number of our employees have been involved in raising funds , or giving their time and skills , to benefit a wide range of causes in the communities around our sites . This giving , in its many forms , is testament to the corporate culture we aim to nurture . These efforts were recognised by the many local charities and organisations we served and once again we were delighted to be nominated for , and recipients of , the VIBES award , formally recognizing those efforts .
Karen Marshall
COO Scottish Leather Group
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