UST Global believes that we, as a company, have an obligation to help those who are less fortunate and under privileged in our society. This belief is reflected in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives which are geared toward making meaningful differences in the communities in which we live and work. The company feels most passionately about two vital global issues: health and education.
We partner with various global and local organizations for some of our CSR initiatives. Two of these partners are PATH and Communities In Schools:
PATH to Support Global Health Initiatives
UST Global has made a commitment to provide both funding and volunteers for immunization projects that will be launched and managed by PATH, an international nonprofit organization that works in more than 70 countries to improve global health. PATH’s mission is to improve the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems and encouraging healthy behaviors.
For its first project, UST Global has selected two upcoming PATH immunization programs aimed at assisting women and children in India. UST Global associates have initiated a volunteer fundraising drive that will coincide with a corporate donation to make a positive impact on these programs. Portion of the UST Global funding will be used to support:
- Community mobilization activities using banners, posters, booklets, and other materials to create awareness about the importance of immunizing children.
- Development of training kits for project staff and volunteers.
In addition, UST Global will co-fund programs to increase community awareness about the project and the benefits of regular immunizations.
Learn more about the UST Global partnership with PATH
'Communities In Schools' to Support Education
Communities In Schools is the US’s largest dropout prevention organization, working in more than 3,200 K-12 public schools. Today, 1.2 million young people annually receive direct services through more than 200 Communities In Schools local affiliates in 27 states and the District of Columbia.
As voluntary mentors and tutors to students in schools across the country, UST associates will share their professional and personal experiences, energy and enthusiasm. Our goal is to reach 10 percent volunteer participation of our U.S. associates this year and continually increase the number of hours and volunteers contributing to this program.
Learn more about Communities In School at www.communitiesinschools.org.
Voluntary Employee Programs
Apart from key partnerships, UST Global has voluntary programs to reach out and build relationships in our communities. The associates involved in these activities participate whole heartedly and believe in giving something for a cause. Specific objectives and goals are set in terms of the amount of resource hours and money that the team aims to contribute for a specific cause. These goals are met from the contributions collected from associates and many associates spend time on week-ends for various community activities. Activities, which are mainly focused on community health care & education for women and children, include:
- Adopt-A-Village: UST Global has adopted the village of Azhinjivakkam, situated near Red Hills, Chennai. The village was chosen because of severe industrialization which has caused pollution and poverty. The Chennai
Adopt-A-Village program is called MITRA meaning “friend” where a long term relationship with the village has been established. The village was adopted in early 2009 and UST has provided the following support:
- Conducted several medical camps
- Planted fruit bearing trees
- Donated school uniforms and bags to students
- Established a computer lab
- Hired a computer teacher
- Tutor and mentoring of students
- Monthly visits by the team
- Providing uniforms to school children
- Conducting computer literacy programs
- Training sessions for children of indigent families
- Visits to hospitals to help underprivileged patients
- Contributions to orphanages and women’s homes
- Blood donation camps
In addition to initiatives focused on health and education "green" teams work on several environmental causes including:
- Tree planting
- Beach and community clean-up
- Restoration work
- Trail maintenance
- Energy efficiency