Our social responsibilities also extend to the communities in which we operate. We seek to play a positive role in our local communities and participate in a range of activities and educational initiatives. Some of these are described in the case studies opposite.

Community involvement and decisions on charitable donations and sponsorship are undertaken by local management teams and vary from one company to another, depending on business and regional priorities. Many of the activities we undertake are aimed at supporting schools and universities to promote science, technology and engineering. We also run a number of awards and programmes aimed at encouraging and providing support for young scientists who are at the beginning of their careers.

We do not give either cash or support-in-kind to political parties or campaigns.