A new vision for sustainable impact
Our vision is to make life better for everyone, everywhere. Now we have a framework that allows us to make a solid commitment. Not only as a business, but as a partner in our industry and yours.
And because our industry touches so many parts of the global economy, the UN Global Goals framework will help our efforts reverberate across the UK and beyond.
We’ve always carried out work for the community and supported a range of charities. With this renewed focus we can make an even bigger impact.
Goals to transform our world
A new era of opportunity
In 2015, United Nations Member States came together to agree Global Goals, ofﬁcially known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ﬁghting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.
Guided by these goals, Westcoast is joining with governments, enterprise, civil society and the general public to work towards building a better future for everyone.
Our drive for quality education
Ensuring inclusive education and promoting lifelong learning
Education leads to understanding, unlocks the imagination and builds the foundations for self-respect and dignity. It opens a world of opportunity and contributes to a progressive, healthy society.
At Westcoast we’re determined to make a positive difference to the learning experience of children and adults alike.
As one of Britain’s leading IT businesses, we recognise the role we can play in helping to inspire people to pursue their dreams through education and aspire for careers in technology.
Our activities include:
The Bright Sparks programme, where our staff attend schools to work with, mentor and inspire young students. We’ve shifted focus and continue to participate on a virtual basis during the pandemic, as well as providing IT equipment. We’re also the founding sponsor of a five-year programme aiming to get 50,000 young people to engage with technology businesses. It means a lot to us.
Fundraising for the NSPCC, to assist in its efforts to keep young people safe. This includes numerous events, starting with the London to Paris Bike Ride in September 2021, and also including skydiving, Tough Mudders and a Thames bridges trek.
We’re a Cornerstone Employer, working with a network of schools and colleges to improve careers education and equipping students with key skills for the IT sector, as well as encouraging Westcoast team members to become volunteer Enterprise Advisers.
Our drive for gender equality
Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls
Gender bias devalues all of us. It’s not just a human rights issue, it’s also a tremendous waste of the world’s human potential. Political, economic and social equality beneﬁts every citizen.
At Westcoast we’re ﬁrmly focused on working with schools to promote IT as a career path for girls.
The Women in Technology awards has highlighted that girls are now starting to choose to work in the IT industry, but there are still not enough of them. So many entries at the Women in Channel Awards refer to the lack of girls interested in IT at school, and 90% of all computer science graduates are male.
Traditionally, STEM subjects at GCSE and A Level can be less of a focus for girls, and we feel it’s vital to redress that balance. Working closely with schools to champion technology as a career path is just one of our strategies.
Our key initiatives include ensuring a balanced shortlist for all positions, particularly relevant for senior positions, participating in Women in Channel and publishing a regular gender pay gap report to ensure transparency in gender equality.
Our drive for sustainable consumption
Achieving a more sustainable future
The world continues to use natural resources in an unsustainable manner. But the pandemic offers us all an opportunity to develop recovery plans that build a more sustainable future.
We’re committed to adding net zero carbon to the carbon we directly control by 2035. We are developing a Carbon Action Programme and have released our first report in our annual 2020 financial statements.
This provides a benchmark from which we can make improvements, while our monthly roundtable between senior business heads ensures progress and a roadmap for future development.
Our key areas of focus are:
A significant portion of the environmental impact centres around our OEM suppliers and partners. As a result, we’re also committed to working with all major suppliers to help reduce their own carbon emissions and promote their most environmentally friendly products and initiatives.
Achieving global goals together
Supporting our partners
Our focus extends beyond our teams and our company. Our business is closely aligned with our partners and vendors, and we support their individual sustainability and CSR goals too. We know that we’re a key pillar within the supply chain and we make a conscious effort to act as a conduit for change.