TÜV SÜD in the Community

TÜV SÜD in the Community

You can find our teams across the UK collecting donations for local food banks, painting walls to help a social housing provider with a community project, supporting engineering summer schools and career events, and holding charity raffles.

At TÜV SÜD, we place great importance on giving back to the local communities we work within. We support all employees with up to 5 days per year to volunteer on community value projects. Across the UK, our team members are passionate about making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work and we particularly like to collaborate with our clients to deliver benefits. By aligning our actions with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG), we are not only making a positive impact on the world, but also creating a culture of giving and community engagement that benefits everyone involved.

VOLUNTEERING

Our team of TÜV SÜD volunteers in overalls and hi-vis have enjoyed the chance to make a positive impact on their local communities. TÜV SÜD’s LOLER Inspection Services team volunteered to support social housing provider Nottingham City Homes (NCH) with a community project. The 464 apartments that make up the Victoria Centre flats tower above the city centre’s Victoria Shopping Centre and residents, particularly those with mobility issues, don’t have easy access to green spaces. In 2019, NCH created an accessible rooftop garden for residents to maintain and enjoy, and it was such a success that NCH went on to give over a former plant room for residents to use as a kitchen and a gardeners’ storage room. The TÜV SÜD team cleaned out the old plant room and painted it.

Michael Hargreaves, Technical Director, Inspection Services at TÜV SÜD, enjoyed the day and that their work was contributing to the UN SDG 3 of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages:

“Inspection services are our primary function but it’s equally important that we support the communities in which we work. We always aim to support projects designed to improve health and wellbeing and community cohesion. Having delivered a successful lift project at the Victoria Centre, this was a great opportunity to return and help NCH. It was a very rewarding day for the team and we’re looking forward to returning for the next stage of the project.”

EDUCATION 

Warrington UTC Mentor Day

We want to play our part in promoting an inclusive and effective learning environment for all, increasing technical and vocational skills and facilitating effective learning outcomes. This can reduce the proportion of youth not in employment/education/training and encourage decent and productive work as outlined within the UN SDG 8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth. TÜV SÜD also recognises the importance of quality education for young people and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all, as per the UN SDG 4 – Quality Education. 

Our teams have supported local schools, colleges and universities in various ways such as attending careers events and hosting visits to our facilities. A team from TÜV SÜD's Warrington office volunteered at a Business Mentoring Day at a local college.

“Being able to share our experience with the students and feel their enthusiasm and commitment to achieving their goals going forward made it a very rewarding experience. The staff at Nuclear Technologies are committed to providing continued support to the UTC students in Warrington.”

Abigail Stanley, Consultant

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory was pleased to sponsor a project for the Engineering Visions Summer School at Glasgow Caledonian University. Sampath Bogavilli, Principal Engineer, hosted the students and two professors when they visited TÜV SÜD in East Kilbride to learn more about our facilities and the size of the challenge. Sampath said:

“I really enjoyed the whole experience, and it was very rewarding to be able to guide the students through the project. Just talking to them was amazing as they were very smart and had some interesting ideas. As they were studying a variety of subjects, not just engineering, it gave them different perspectives.”

Work Placements & APPRENTICESHIPS

We also believe in supporting the next generation of workers through work placements, degree apprenticeships, and other programs that provide valuable learning opportunities. By doing so, we are not only helping young people to gain practical skills and experience, but also contributing to UN SDG 8 by promoting sustainable economic growth and decent work for all.

We employ placement students from universities across the business in a variety of roles including engineering, IT, Marketing and HR and provide work experience to local schools. Apprentices such as Lauren, HR Apprentice are a key part of the TÜV SÜD team and we've been pleased to offer apprenticeships in business and engineering subjects. We've also supported degree apprenticeships.   

Charitable donations

We donate to a range of charitable causes and workplace-supported employee fundraising activities further contribute to our charitable donations.

In 2022, TÜV SÜD Product Service in Fareham, Hampshire held fundraising events for their chosen local charities of Naomi House and Jack Place. For 2023, the Fareham team have decided to support Waypoint Hub and Fareham Food Bank. This local food bank currently supports over 150 families providing food for local families and households who are struggling with food insecurity/food poverty. Across the UK, our employees have been collecting for local food banks in support of the UN SDG 1 - No Poverty and UN SDG 2 - Zero Hunger. 

Claire Johnson, Waypoint Hub and Community Leader, received the delivery of food donations:

"I just want to say an absolutely massive thank you for the donations you’ve collected for us. They were dropped off this morning and every single one of those donations is going to make a massive difference to our local community. Thank you for partnering with us."

The team at TÜV SÜD Nuclear Technologies in Warrington donated Christmas gifts for children in December 2022. The business matched the presents with a cash donation for Cash for Kids - Mission Christmas project. Hopefully, these presents will help to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in our communities who are affected by poverty, illness, neglect or have additional needs. They also donate to the Warrington Food Bank run by The Trussell Trust (Fare Share). With their Christmas 2022 party raffle, they raised money for Mind Mental Health and Claire's House Children's Hospice contributing to the UN SDG 3 to promote good health and mental wellbeing.

By recycling 12 lifts rather than scrapping them, TÜV SÜD in Leeds contributed to SDG 12 which aims to reduce waste and promote sustainable consumption and production. To help reduce poverty (SDG 1) in the local community, the team chose to donate the proceeds to the Salvation Army who used the money to buy clothing, blankets and tents for homeless people.

Our team members are passionate about making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. By aligning our actions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we are not only making a positive impact on the world, but we are also creating a culture of giving and community engagement that benefits everyone involved. 

This is just a snapshot of our recent activities, but you can read more about these stories in the articles below.

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