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Jaguar Land Rover


Jaguar Land Rover has achieved its most successful year ever for employee volunteering. In 2013, more than 3,500 employees (14% of the workforce) took part in community projects including education events, trebling the figure achieved in 2012. Jaguar Land Rover is the only car manufacturer to achieve the highly regarded CommunityMark, awarded by UK's Business in the Community (BiTC). Only 38 companies have this national standard of excellence in community investment.

Jaguar Land Rover releases employees for up to two days per year to support projects focussing on regeneration, education, young people, charity work and the environment. Projects are identified through a volunteering challenge database or those identified by employees.

Many team projects involve physical improvements such as redecoration of community centres, creating sensory gardens or allotments, all of which improve facilities for the local community. As well as helping the local community and strengthening Jaguar Land Rover's reputation as a responsible business, group projects offer personal development opportunities including the development of leadership and project management skills.

Employees also volunteer to support the company's 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers' school education programme by supporting site Education Business Partnership Centres by helping develop curriculum materials, delivering presentations to groups, supporting external careers events or undertaking work experience placements. Jaguar Land Rover's 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Workforce' programme won BITC Education Award and Work Inspiration Awards in 2013 in recognition of the positive impact it is having on young people's education and world of work awareness.

Jonathan Garrett, CSR Director for Jaguar Land Rover, commented, "I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported community projects in 2013 for your outstanding commitment. Two thirds of all volunteers supported the 'Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers' education programme. As well as making a positive impact on young people's aspirations and attainment, our education activities also promote careers at Jaguar Land Rover and act as a pipeline for young talent, which is essential for the business to achieve its ambitious global growth plans."

BITC Responsible Business Week
Jaguar Land Rover was the first ever manufacturer to win Business in the Community's (BITC) Responsible Business of the Year in 2013, the UK's top sustainability accolade, which recognizes the positive impact of a wide range of achievements, including CSR.

BITC's Responsible Business Week, being held week commencing 31 March, aims to inspire, equip and challenge businesses to do more to meet the world's most pressing needs to stimulate innovation and opportunity in businesses and demonstrate the positive impact of business in society. As Responsible Business of the Year, Jaguar Land Rover will be leading and supporting a number of external events to share its best practices around all areas of CSR. The company will also be running engaging events for employees during Responsible Business Week, offering them the chance to find out about volunteering opportunities and how to get involved.

During Tata Volunteering Week, JLR organised visits for around 600 young people through their five Education Business Partnership Centres.

Win £100 for charity in the Tata Founder's Day Quiz
From Monday 3 – Friday 7 March, Jaguar Land Rover encouraged employees to take part in the Tata Founder's Day Quiz, which aims to raise greater awareness amongst employees about the Tata Group's history and heritage, its key values and ethos. The names of all employees who completed the quiz were entered in a draw and an employee, selected at random, received a £100 donation to a local charity of their choice.

Other initiatives
The Challenge at Lapworth Primary School, Station Lane, Solihull took place on March 5. Employees cleared out an overgrown forest area. It needed to have the weed matting removed, weeds cleared, new weed matting put down and then bark on top of it.

They also did a project at AGE UK in Solihull, Shop redecoration.

Tata Consultancy Services
For TCSers, Tata Volunteering Week was an amazing initiative and it help them to raise awareness on their volunteering initiatives in the UK&I.

During that week, the company held different activities:
Wear it Blue Monday: For the 1st day of the week, Monday 3 March, employees were asked to wear blue and make donations. In addition, aiming to maximise participation, they launched a "Wear it Blue competition" among the employees and chose a winner that was announced on KNOME.

Tata Engage: TCS's volunteering scheme "IT FUTURES" was promoted and specific volunteering opportunities that associates could register for communicated to the employees.
They also held 5 schools workshops in London and Liverpool, one of which was conducted by Nupur Singh Mallick, Director HR UK&I.

Tata Global Beverages

Tata Global Beverages, around the world held a number of activities in which the employees participated to bring cheer to their communites. 

  • Russia, employees purchased goods which were donated to a local orphanage.

  • In Poland, employees conducted an educative session on organ donor and cleaned up a local forest.

  • the EMEA Region the two winners of the Tata Europe Quiz donated the winnings of £250 each to a cancer related charity of their choice.

  • In UK, at the Eaglescliffe Factory, employees donated goods to a local clothes bank and sold blue cakes in the canteen to raise money for the local community.

  • In UK at the Greenford facility:

    • Employees participated in the 'Wear it Blue Day' on Monday, March 3 with Blue Themed Raffle and blue iced cakes for sale.  All proceeds went to Prostate Cancer UK. 

    • They hosted an afternoon tea at a local sheltered housing community

    • Employees also had the opportunity to donate their monthly free tea to a cancer related charity – MacMillan Cancer Charity at local Northwick Park Hospital

  • In Kenya, employees participated in the 'Wear it Blue Day' on Monday, March 3; donated monies to cancer charity and visited Little Sisters' of the Poor and donated foodstuffs (including tea), as well clothing.