In India, over 30 members of our Bangalore office team took part in World Environment Day, on June 27, 2015, by planting a number of trees to replenish the greenery in barren areas near their office. In 2013, employees at our Bangalore and Hyderabad offices donated cash as well as shipments of food, medicine and clothes to help victims of the floods in Uttarakhand, and that year they also donated funds to help provide a solar power mechanism to three underprivileged communities that don’t have regular electric power.
Corporate Social Responsibility
As a global company with more than 30 locations, Syniverse has a tremendous opportunity to better societies around the world. Both the reach and immediacy of mobile offer an amazing range of ways for us to help connect communities of interest and foster new ways of engagement.
This capability lies at the heart of our commitment to making a positive impact on the communities where we live and work. Around the world, across over 30 locations, we encourage our 2,600-plus employees to support what’s important to them in their communities.
Giving back is a part of our culture and, as our employees will tell you, is one of the most rewarding – not to mention most fun – parts of our jobs. Here is how we’re doing our part to help make a difference.
Each year, our employees around the globe contribute many hours of their own time along with thousands of dollars to enhance their communities. Locally, many of these charitable initiatives are spearheaded by our employee associations, which include a broad representation of employees at offices around the globe who are interested in contributing to their local communities.
In 2014, these efforts culminated in 12 employee associations raising and contributing more than $70,000 in support of over 25 charities benefiting local communities. At the same time, employees from these groups volunteered more than 1,000 hours of their own time.
Here’s a snapshot of just some of these activities:
In the U.K., in 2015, for the fourth year in a row, Syniverse teams took part in a nationwide U.K. charity event called Swimathon, a nationwide swimming challenge to raise money for charity. One of the charities that the London office has selected to support is Marie Curie, the organization that Swimathon supports and one that provides care to more than 40,000 people with a terminal illness. The London office also had a team participate in a 100-kilometer (60-mile) bike ride for charity as part of the London to Cambridge Bike Ride. The event allows teams to solicit sponsorship donations to raise funds for a charity, and the U.K. team chose for its charity Haven House, which provides support services for children with life-limiting illnesses.
In the U.S., our Tampa office team members have raised tens of thousands of dollars each year for the Tampa Bay Heart Walk, an annual event for which teams solicit sponsorship donations to raise funds for the American Heart Association‘s fight against heart disease. What’s more, the Tampa office has developed an education partnership with the Academy Prep Center of Tampa, a nonprofit private middle school that aims to help economically disadvantaged students. Employees serve as guest lecturers to help support the education of local students in such areas as telecommunication and technology.
Charitable Giving Campaigns
Along with our employee association initiatives, employees are able to vote on an annual basis to choose which corporate charities Syniverse supports as a company. This campaign is supported by a matching fund program through which the company matches individual employee donations. In addition, employees are given an incentive of extra vacation time if they donate a certain amount.
With these incentives in place, in 2014, employees and the Syniverse company matching program provided charities with a combined contribution totaling more than $163,000. For 2015, Syniverse selected a number of charities to support through its charitable giving campaign, including the Alzheimer's Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Humane Society, Metropolitan Ministries and United Way.
At Syniverse, we have also used our telecommunication and technology expertise to support various nonprofits. We donate resources, messaging connectivity and ongoing support to power the Text4Baby program. This U.S.-based education program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, provides pregnant women and new mothers with free text messages containing information to help them care for their health and their babies.
Corporate social responsibility has become a critical element of any successful business. Thanks to our incredibly dedicated employees, we’re pleased with what we’ve accomplished to date, but we also know there is much more that can be done in the future. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to apply our expertise for the betterment of society and sharing updates on these activities here.