Our corporate social responsibility
Every year, LGC supports a charity chosen by our employees. Since 2010, we have donated over £145,000 to charity – the totals each year being boosted by LGC matching any funds raised through team-building events. Amounts raised in fundraising events which brought our employees together have been also generously matched by our investors.
Our charity of the year partnerships are established with charities which demonstrate links to our business activities and have an international reach to reflect our global footprint. In 2016-17, we are fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) association MND, also commonly known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the USA, is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. MND can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk, swallow and eventually breathe. A person’s lifetime risk of developing the disease is 1 in 300 and MND kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis.
We understand the importance of working with local schools and colleges to allow young students the opportunity to see first-hand the kind of work that we do. Inviting school groups in for laboratory tours and presentations helps to demonstrate the breadth of our science, how just about everything in our everyday lives relates to science and the huge number of career opportunities that can arise from a scientific qualification.
Over recent years we have built closer relationships with our neighbours by holding open evenings, inviting family and friends of employees, local residents and schools in to see our science in action, in an informal and interactive environment. Employees in Fordham, UK, have set up the ‘Snail Wood’ project, maintaining native woodland for the local community and providing local schools with a programme of annual activities such as planting seedlings, transferring and planting trees, all helping to raise awareness of the local habitat and the environment. This commitment is further enhanced by other environmental initiatives across our sites such as bike week, car sharing policies and numerous recycling schemes