Corporate social responsibility
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of SQA. In 2015–16, our staff, stakeholders and customers continued to support our CSR strategy ‘Giving Something Back’.
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.
CSR Annual Review
There has been a heightened understanding of CSR across SQA. In 2015–16, an increased number of staff volunteered, and an eclectic and innovative range of partnerships, opportunities and engagements took place.
You can find out about the complete range of CSR activities and achievements in SQA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Review.
Leading the communication and dissemination of CSR activities into business operations is our highly motivated and effective team of champions. All 21 champions are volunteers who bring creativity, innovation, commitment and imagination to their roles in driving and promoting CSR to colleagues across SQA.
volunteered in 2014-15
of volunteering 2014-15
SQA staff have 21 working hours each year to use for volunteering and supporting local communities. Subject to a line manager’s agreement, staff are encouraged to participate in a wide range of volunteering activities that cover the following criteria:
- Young people and social inclusion
- Enterprise and employability
- The environment and sustainability
- Human health and well-being
Volunteering can be carried out a few hours at a time, or as full days, and can take many forms — from helping out at a school, to working with someone in a mentoring capacity, to helping to rebuild a community garden.
SQA’s nominated charities
SQA staff supported two nominated charities through staff 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 between 2015 and 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.