Corporate social responsibility
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of SQA. Our staff, stakeholders and customers support our CSR strategy ‘Giving Something Back’.
Corporate Parents, Who Cares? Scotland
Results day 2015
In April 2015, SQA joined many other public bodies in Scotland and became a national corporate parent under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, giving us responsibilities to young people who experience the care system.
As part of our responsibilities, we welcomed representatives from Who Cares? Scotland, and a group of care-experienced young people to celebrate their achievements on results day.
Joined by staff, members of the SQA board, and the Acting Minister for Children and Families, Fiona McLeod MSP, the candidates celebrated their accomplishments and were congratulated on their achievements.
Our CSR Team is responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating all CSR activities across SQA with colleagues and external stakeholders. The team directs and supports the work of our CSR champions.
Our motivated team of champions lead the communication and dissemination of our CSR activities into business operations. All 21 champions are volunteers who bring creativity, innovation, commitment and imagination to drive and promote CSR to colleagues across SQA.
Our staff have 21 working hours each year to use for volunteering and supporting local communities. With a line manager’s agreement, staff can participate in a range of volunteering activities covering:
- young people and social inclusion
- enterprise and employability
- environment and sustainability
- human health and wellbeing
Volunteering can take many forms — from helping out at a school, to mentoring someone, to helping to build a community garden.
SQA’s nominated charities
Our staff supported two nominated charities through volunteering and fundraising activities in 2015–16. Children's Hospice Association of Scotland (CHAS) was selected for Lowden while Revive MS Support topped the polls in Optima. Both charities will be supported by SQA fundraising activities until 2017.
CHAS is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure. CHAS runs two children’s hospices — Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch — and a home care service called CHAS at Home.
Revive MS Support is a charity that provides vital therapy, advice and support to people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in the heart of communities across the west of Scotland in order to enhance their well-being and empower them to live full and productive lives.