To support and integrate with the local communities and economies where we operate.
We invest in projects that align with our core values and look for opportunities to positively impact one disadvantaged person for every Vitec employee in the communities in which we operate.
The positive power of images
We believe in the positive power of images to convey ideas, create wealth and positive social and environmental value. As a leader in our markets, our employees are experts in photography, videography, engineering and technology, and we aim to share this knowledge to enable positive social and environmental outcomes. In particular we focus on ways in which our products and skills can benefit those who are disadvantaged. We aim to positively impact one disadvantaged person for every Vitec employee in the communities in which we operate.
Supporting and strengthening our communities
The following are a few examples of positive contributions we made in 2018 in the communities in which we operate:
Investing in future industry talent
Vitec often donates or lends its professional photographic, TV and cinematic equipment to educational institutions around the world in order to assist with the upskilling of future talent in the image capture and sharing industry.
In 2006, Ryan Schorman, co-founder of Wooden Camera which is part of our Creative Solutions Division, graduated from The University of North Texas (“UNT”). Ever since it was founded, Wooden Camera has had an affiliation with UNT in supporting the development of talent in the independent content creator market. Wooden Camera assist by providing technical support in the optimisation of the cameras and accessories in the University’s film programme. In addition, Wooden Camera donated specialist equipment to the University for use. As a passionate proponent of independent film content creation, Ryan sits on the Media Arts Executive Board at UNT, where he advises on the film programme, judges film contests and contributes to scholarships.
In the UK, Vitec has been a long-time supporter of The Vinten Trust which was set up by the original founder of the company that became Vitec, William Vinten. The Trust is a charitable foundation whose aim is to pursue initiatives which increase interest from students at schools and colleges in the Bury St Edmunds area in science and technology subjects.
Picture of Life
Imaging Solutions’ Picture of Life project, a photography education initiative comprising a three-month training programme for young people who have faced hardship and disenfranchisement, continued in 2018. Starting out as a collaboration between Vitec and the Italian Justice Ministry in 2014, photographers from the Manfrotto School of Xcellence teach techniques, lighting and street photography. Five young adults between the ages of 17 and 19 took part in the project in 2018.
Vitec supports the project by donating and setting up a permanent photography studio in the project centres, by providing participants with the photographic equipment they need for the duration of the programme, and by organising all aspects of the course.
Since its initial launch in Italy, the initiative has proved so successful that it has been replicated in New York, US; Shanghai, China; and the UK.
Below: Vitec Imaging Solutions Picture of Life education initiative.
The Vitec Production Solutions team in Costa Rica joined in the October 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign by sponsoring the sixth annual walk arranged by the Clinic Señora de Los Ángeles. Thanks to the funds raised, the Clinic was able to donate 60 mammograms and breast ultrasounds for women in the local community. In November 2018 the same team helped prepare Christmas lunch in Hogar Crea Costa Rica (House of Addict Re-education) for a group of 13 to 18 year old boys. Hogar Crea was established in 1984 as a charity that helps young boys with drug addiction. In addition, a TV was donated by the team for the boys to enjoy in their free time.
In Vitec Imaging Solutions in Italy, Christmas cakes and cards were purchased from a social cooperative Conca d’Oro in Bassano, where young disabled individuals learn life-long valuable skills.
Below: The Vitec Production Solutions Costa Rica team fundraising as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Apprenticeships and work experience initiatives
Vitec continued to offer work placements and internships for students in engineering and film studies. In Shelton, US, the Vitec Production Solutions team hosted engineering students who assisted with the design, implementation and support of new and existing products whilst gaining real world experience. In Costa Rica, a total of 15 students had placements at the Vitec Production Solutions site for two months; several of these students were then offered full time roles at the end of the period.
In Italy, the UniTNContest is a collaboration with Trento University to design Manfrotto products. Around 50 students were involved in different R&D projects with the winning group awarded Manfrotto products as prizes as well as the chance to see their design progress in the real world to at least prototype stage. One student was then chosen for an internship in the “Innovation” function in the business.
Below: Students at the Vitec Production Solutions facility in Costa Rica.