Stephen Bird, Group Chief Executive, explains how Vitec tackles social, ethical and environmental issues and our ambitions for the future.
Over a three-year period, my aim is for Vitec to positively impact one disadvantaged person for every
Vitec employee in the communities in which we operate.
Stephen Bird, Group Chief Executive
We are a small company with a global footprint, and we take our corporate responsibility extremely seriously. Our strategic priorities focus on driving organic growth, improving margins and investing in new technologies and markets. This strategy affects how we do business, who we do business with, where we operate and the communities we are embedded in. It is also reflected by our employees who understand the importance of the right values and behaviours when carrying out their roles at Vitec.
Our Code of Conduct is a key part of our business model to ensure Vitec's long-term success. This is communicated to all our employees and major stakeholders to ensure that they are clear on the values and behaviours that they can expect from Vitec. We have a Health and Safety Policy that requires root cause reviews of any accidents resulting in over three days' absence so we can learn from such events. We capture all accidents and near misses to enable our businesses to continually improve and to ensure a safe and rewarding work environment.
I know how much our employees value giving back to the communities where we work and live, and at the same time, social, ethical and environmental issues are more important than ever to the society we live and work in. There are many examples of this within Vitec and this report sets out some of those activities.
Although responsible business activities are prioritised and implemented by each Division, the Group strategy is to focus all responsible activities on investing in projects where the power of images specifically, or the creative arts more generally, can be used to help underprivileged people.
Over a three-year period, my aim is for Vitec to positively impact one disadvantaged person for every Vitec employee in the communities in which we operate. So, 1,700 students or young people by 2021, or 600 each year. In 2019 our employees helped 410 people.
In January 2020 we announced a new partnership with the Richmond Theatre Trust in the UK to run Young Filmmakers courses. Further detail on this is given later in this report.
All over the world, our people have given their time and money for people in need. You can read about these initiatives and more in our Annual Report.
Group Chief Executive