At Syniverse, we believe in the power of being connected. Which is why we take connecting to our communities across the globe seriously. Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts empower our 2,200-plus employees at more than 30 offices to support what matters most to them locally. And our sustainability initiatives reduce our environmental impact while improving the impact our technology has on our planet.
Here’s how we help make a difference.
Each year, our employees around the globe contribute many hours of their own time along with thousands of dollars to improve their communities. In 2018, these contributions totaled over 1,490 volunteer hours, nearly $90,000 in employee donations and more than $94,000 in Syniverse donations. Locally, many of these charitable initiatives are spearheaded by our employee associations, which include a broad representation of employees at offices who are interested in contributing to their local areas.
Here’s a snapshot of our most recent efforts:
A team from our headquarters in Tampa, Florida, recently volunteered at a local charity, Metropolitan Ministries, to help bag foods and toys for needy families.
Our Luxembourg office recently formed a team of runners to compete in a race to raise funds for the charity SOS Village d’Enfants Monde.
Our Beijing office organizes trips to local orphanages, such as Sunvillage, helping brighten the lives of disadvantaged children by donating supplies and volunteering time to play with them.
Fifty employees at our Costa Rica office recently helped disadvantaged children get the supplies they need to be able to attend school.
Our Hyderabad office recently sponsored a new lab that is bringing computer equipment, internet access and educational software to a local school.
We also give back to our communities through donations made locally as well as companywide. As part of this, we let our employees vote annually on the charities that Syniverse supports as a company, and, at some offices, we offer a matching fund program through which the company matches individual employee donations, with employees being given an incentive of extra vacation time if they donate a certain amount.
With these programs in place, in 2018, we contributed over $230,000 of money to more than 10 different causes around the globe, including more than $115,000 raised by employees. Just some of the organizations included the United Way, the American Heart Association, the Smile Foundation(India), the Nirmaan Organization (India), 1. FC Winterhausen (Germany), and Text4Baby, among many others.
In addition, we provide in-kind technology services to support Text4baby, a U.S.-based education program that provides pregnant women and new mothers with free text messages containing information to help them care for their health and their babies’ health. In 2017, we provided over $180,000 in in-kind services to this program.
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More and more, the world is depending on companies to make sustainable choices. Syniverse is committed to living up to this expectation by demonstrating leadership that will build a brighter, more sustainable future for our employees, customers, and communities around the globe.
As part of this, we’ve established specific focus areas for our sustainability program, and we continue to consider other areas in which we can improve our environmental impact.
Here’s a look at our current sustainability goals and key performance indicators:
A major part of our sustainability effort is centered on our participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a nonprofit organization and environmental reporting platform that evaluates how well companies and cities disclose and manage the risks and opportunities associated with climate change, water scarcity and resource use. Measuring our efficiency in such areas as greenhouse gas emissions, electricity usage and paper waste is an important part of monitoring progress toward our carbon-reduction goals, and each year Syniverse quantifies and reports energy consumption, water usage, and waste generation data by submitting a report to the CDP. Each of these reports can be viewed on the CDP website.
We know our work isn’t done. We’re pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish to date, but we realize there is much more that can be done. We look forward to building on and exploring new opportunities for our CSR and sustainability efforts, and continuing to share this story here.