Corporate Responsibility at home
Friday, June 12, 2020
We were recently featured in a Silicon Republic article on companies giving back to society during Covid-19, so it's a good time to share some of what our Corporate Responsibility committees have been doing while we are all working from home.
Supporting our charities
So far this year we have raised £10,520 for The Welcome Organisation and €4383 for Pieta House, a total which is growing as we continue to divert our social committee contributions from employees and the company, and money which would otherwise have been spent on internal events, to these two important causes.
Earlier in the lockdown period we held a match funding event and, most recently, a team in Belfast completed a virtual climb of Slieve Donard on their stairs at home - totaling almost the height of Mount Everest. More employee fundraising is being planned so keep an eye on our social channels!
You can still donate to Welcome here and donations of non-perishable groceries can be left at their centre Mon-Fri 9-5.
You can still donate to Pieta House here. If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, Pieta’s helpline number is 1800 247247 or you can text ‘help’ to 51444.
A number of employees have been taking part in the LIT Gets Moving exercise challenge - and we've also been promoting Bike Week as a great way to get involved in this. The challenge runs until the end of the month with weekly small prizes and a grand prize draw at the end.
We regularly promote emotional wellbeing to employees too, and our weekly internal blog, Make Yourself at Home, has had a number of recent guest editors, including a special for Mental Health Awareness Week.
We've been staying connected in a number of ways, including online communities for the keen gardeners, aspiring cooks and pet lovers.
Diversity and education
We've delivered our first Allies For Pride training session virtually, and Pride @ LIT will launch for our Dublin employees in the summer.
Our Women in Tech committee is planning a number of events, including a virtual 'Lego Impostor Syndrome' workshop in July.
Covid-19 has caused much of our STEM work to be paused. In the meantime, those with school-age children at home may find these links useful: