Name of Company:Sapphire Systems
Programme Name:Sapphire System's Community Programme
Staff in London:96
In 2010 Sapphire Systems set out to create a CSR programme that utilised the skills and passion of their staff. With 50% of staff volunteering across all projects, they set up a relationship with a local primary school to put on a four week Apprentice project for 30 Year 6 students, with the aim to raise the aspirations of disadvantaged children.
This included a visit to their offices, volunteers delivering workshops on entrepreneurship and business skills, and mentors working with the students to create their own businesses. This culminated in a presentation of the businesses to the Managing Director and a winner was chosen. Sapphire Systems offered to help the children run their six companies and they will replicate the programme with a new group of children every year.
Sapphire Systems also have regular readers who go into the school to read with children with learning difficulties. The volunteers’ efforts certainly paid off: the reception teacher reports that he thinks this was the first year he was able to send the whole class up to year one with the requisite reading skills.