Together, STR employees activate our shared commitment to creating a better,
more equitable world—for each other, and within our global communities.
See things in the present, even if they are in the future.
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WHAT WE DO TO GIVE BACK
Together, STR employees activate our shared commitment to creating a better, more equitable world — for each other, and within our global communities.
As a responsible employer, providing social value is of paramount importance to the STR Group, and this ethos is shared by all our staff.
For us, CSR incorporates 3 core elements: education, sustainability and fundraising. Read on to discover how we are always seeking to do more and give back.
To enable effective future change, we must provide further education opportunities for all
Along with Make UK and charity partner the Smallpeice Trust, STR funds STEM days for school pupils. On Wednesday 25th January 2023, Clive Hutchings, our Executive Director and Founder attended Miltoncross Academy for a STEM Challenge Day. The day saw the school’s Year 8 pupils get stuck into the Aircraft Challenge! Exploring the physics of flight through concepts such as aerodynamics and forces, 60 students aged 12 to 13 took part in the event.
Clive also works with Portsmouth University’s Enterprise Programme. We sponsor their awards event and Clive, his fellow Directors and our TA team run workshops for UTC Portsmouth and other universities around topic such as setting up an effective LinkedIn profile, writing a compelling CV, and making a good impression at interview.
STR Group’s focus is on giving back to the communities in which we work. We encourage everyone to help their local area by picking up rubbish, shopping at local farmer’s markets and through sustainable organisations, and of course recycling and reusing whenever possible.
As part of our commitment to CSR this year, the STR Group is organising several littler picks throughout the year. The first was a beach clean in March, facilitated by the Environmental Manager for Whale Island and Horsea Island, part of the Royal Navy MOD. In this area of special interest, he is passionate about maintaining a healthy environment.
We have also participated in other beach cleans and tree-planting expeditions with local school children and are working towards becoming carbon-neutral.
We believe that together, we can ensure a cleaner, greener future for our planet.
We raise funds both as a business for our corporate partners, and as individuals for local and personal charitable organisations.
At the beginning of this year, we held a bike challenge during wellness week to kick-off our fundraising for Motiv8, the Group’s 2023 charity partner, we’ve also since held a pub quiz and a number of us are in training to take on the Great South Run for the charity in October.
Blueprint for All have been urban’s official charity partner since 2020 and even before that time, we’d been raising money for them through marathons, a 25-hour walk and various other events such as the 3 Peaks Challenge. Members of the Blackfield team also took on the 3 tallest peaks in the UK in 24 hours for their charity partner In2Science, and some of the Navis team have also run marathons for the Sailors’ Society.
If this all sounds a bit exhausting, don’t worry. We also regularly hold bake sales for charities such as Cancer Research and Macmillan and encourage employees to pay a pound or two for the privilege of wearing it pink for Breast Cancer Now and dressing in all the colours of the rainbow for Pride month!