Corporate social responsibility
At the very heart of SQA are the staff who demonstrate commitment and dedication to the vital work we do. One of our key corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities is the focus we have on giving back to SQA staff in as many ways as possible, whilst also utilising their skills and experience to give something back to the communities that we work in.
SQA offers staff the opportunity to volunteer for up to 21 hours each year to assist local communities.
SQA staff nominated the following charities to be supported through staff volunteering and fundraising activities from 2013–15:
- Sick Kids Friends Foundation
- Maggie's Centres
- Erskine Hospital, Motor Neurone Disease
volunteered by SQA staff 2014-15
for nominated charities 2014-15
During 2014–15, SQA staff volunteered for a range of nominated stakeholders, organisations and charities, including:
- local primary, secondary schools and holiday clubs
- Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
- Scripture Union
- The Prince’s Trust
- Cancer Support Scotland
- Cub Scouts
- Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
- Dress for Success
- Scottish Football Association (coaching football to children)
- Art in Health
- Project Scotland
- Glad Foundation (including Glad Cafe and Glad Rags Thrift social enterprises)
As part of the contribution to the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow in July 2014, 14 additional volunteer hours were granted to staff who wanted to volunteer their services for the Games.
Caring for the environment and minimising our carbon footprint is a high priority for SQA. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our performance and engage staff in environmental matters. It’s not just about what we do as an organisation; it’s also about our individual contribution to making a positive impact on the environment.
Over the past few years SQA has developed strategies and projects to help reduce its impact on the environment, particularly in relation to its CO2 output.
Find out more in SQA’s Environmental Plan.