Corporate Social Responsibility
At Courts (Trinidad) Ltd our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme is a commitment to develop the communities in which we do business in.
OUR APPROACH TO CSR
The main strategy for this tangible manifestation of corporate sponsorship is to “support durable and reputable community-based programs and initiatives” targeting:
- Education - Bocas Speak Out
- Community Development
As part of our projects we also encourage staff involvement to promote a spirit of volunteerism among our colleagues.
HOW WE CONTRIBUTE
Projects for the year thus far include:
- Providing vision screening for residents at Memisa Centre. Memisa Centre is a home for mentally challenged adult males which also provides training in the areas of food preparation, garment construction and agriculture
- Donation of furniture items to improve the layout of the reception and waiting areas of the Cancer Society of Trinidad and Tobago
- Sponsoring Care Providers and Monitoring equipment for the Annual Residential Camp for Children with Diabetes
- Dyslexia Association - Donation to cover the cost of salaries/stipends for Coordinators and Course Assistants for the NOW! Foundations Course (formerly the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Course). This training caters to teachers at the Primary School level and equips them with the necessary tools to tutor children with interpretation and reading difficulties
- Memisa Centre - Painting of front wall of Memisa Centre as part of the nationwide United Way Day of Caring organized by United Way
- Memisa Centre - Complete renovation of dorm 4 (roof, ceiling, tiling, painting, construction of ramp and installation of grab bars
- Freedom House - donation of inverter units for Transformation Centre. Centre is used to for camps/ retreats for kids and adults
- Cerebral Palsy Society - Donation of DVD Player for 2nd Prize in raffle to raise funds to reduce overseas treatment costs for children
- Margaret Kristow Home - Donation of chest freezer. This home houses abandoned children and children whose parents are unable to care for them
- Special Olympics - Donation of 14 Cu ft refrigerator for Special Olympics Office
- KIND (Kids in Need of Direction) - Donation of refrigerator and twin tub washer to reward beneficiaries of Sponsor a Child to Learn Outreach Programme
- YOUR SPACE - donation of the furniture for the renovation of bedrooms project for kids with cancer
THE GIFT OF ILLUMINATION PROJECT
THE GIFT OF ILLUMINATION PROJECT
UNICOMER (Trinidad) Limited continues to have a deep commitment to transforming the lives of our communities via our social investment programmes in the key areas of Community Development, Sports, Health, Arts and Culture and Education.Mr Errol Le Blanc, Managing Director, UNICOMER (Trinidad) Limited and Ms Rosemarie Grant – School Supervisor II, Ministry of Education
We are very pleased to be partnering once again with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society for “The Gift of Illumination Project”. The organisation made a significant contribution towards this very important programme. By partnering with the TTRCS, UNICOMER (Trinidad) Limited’s contribution will ensure that just over three hundred children and their families will receive solar lanterns and access to Optical Health Care services nationwide. This initiative is a definite way of ensuring that their educational progress is enhanced and that students can develop greater self-confidence which will allow them to function more effectively in pursuing their educational goals thus enhancing their potential in their communities.Ms Angela Gouveia, Director of Communications – Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society; Mr Lister Ramjohn, President - Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society; Mr Andrew Salvador, Director Disaster Preparedness- Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society; Mr Errol Le Blanc, Managing Director – UNICOMER (Trinidad) Limited; Ms Rosemarie Grant - School Supervisor II, Ministry of Education
The Gift of Illumination Project touches on the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility pillars of Health, Education and Community Development. The programme is thereby being rolled out in four phases. Phase one (1), the TTRCS conducted a feasibility and quality control study which resulted in the selection of a solar lantern prototype. During phase two (2) which ended in December 2014, Solar Lanterns were distributed to 222 Youth Link students who were identified from the Port of Spain, Victoria, South Eastern and St Patrick Education Districts.Mr Lister Ramjohn, President – Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society; Mr Andrew Salvador, Director Disaster Preparedness- Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society; Mr Errol Le Blanc, Managing Director – UNICOMER (Trinidad) Limited; Ms Rosemarie Grant - School Supervisor II, Ministry of Education During Phase three (3), the project will be expanded to Primary School Students in all Education Districts as well as Tobago. The project will culminate with Phase four (4) which will provide free vision screening, free eye examination eye glasses supplied by Courts Optical in order to improve children’s vision together with the solar lanterns. At the podium : Mr Errol Le Blanc, Managing Director – UNICOMER (Trinidad) Limited; Mr Lister Ramjohn, President – Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society; Mr Andrew Salvador, Director Disaster Preparedness- Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society At the podium : Ms Cecilie Clarke Marshall, Integrated Programme Co-ordinator - International Federation of Red Crescent and Red Cross Caribbean Office; Mr Lister Ramjohn, President – Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society; Mr Errol Le Blanc, Managing Director - UNICOMER (Trinidad) Limited Mr Lister Ramjohn, President – Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society receiving the solar lanterns from Mr Errol Le Blanc, Managing Director, UNICOMER (Trinidad) Limited
Courts provides a safer environment for Syl Phil Home in Love, Tobago
Beverly Murray-Assam, Store Manager, Courts Piggott Street (l) presents cheque to Susan Phillips-Jack, Manager, Syl Phil Home in Love.
Syl Phil Home in Love is an established children’s home located in Lambeau, Tobago. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to the community, Courts has committed to covering the cost of the erection of a perimeter fence for the home. Presently the home is used as a thoroughfare for the public on a daily basis. By fencing the home this will improve the safety of the children and allow them to play outside in a safe secure environment.
Contribution to Downtown Carnival 2015
Michael Oderson (right), Business Development Manager, Unicomer Trinidad Ltd. presents a cheque to His Worship, the Mayor of Port of Spain, Alderman Raymond Tim Kee (left) as a contribution to Downtown Carnival 2015. Also in photo representing the POS Corporation is Councillor Wendell Stephen, Chairman of the Culture and Festivals Committee
For the Month of December, Courts had the Share The Joy Programme.
The Share The Joy programme is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative from Courts in collaboration with our suppliers. It is aimed at providing a better quality of life to those in need in our society.