Corporate Social Responsibility
COURTS has touched the lives of hundred of thousands of Jamaicans for the past five decades and continues to give back to communities it serves and the wider Jamaica through its COURTS Community Trust and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. The company's main objective through its CSR programme is 'to be a good neighbor in the communities it serves and to be the company that brings sustainable value to the lives of our customers'.
The company's main areas of focus are: education, health, sports, and community development.
As a model corporate citizen, the company often lends support to a number of charitable organizations and participates in numerous activities to raise funds and awareness about a particular cause. The 29 COURTS branches, which are spread across the fourteen parishes are also very active in their communities and contribute whether through cash or kind to various community based projects and initiatives.
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Courts staff came out in full force on Labour Day – May 23 to help with beautifying four of the Mustard Seed Children’s Home across the country. The Homes cater to some of the most vulnerable children in Jamaica who suffer from mental illness, physical disabilities and the HIV/AIDS.
Education is a critical component of the Courts Corporate Social Responsibility programme and the company is dedicated to empowering and giving hope to young Jamaicans through education. COURTS believes that education is the key tool to building a successful nation and to aid in fostering growth and development of the country.
As a commitment to our customers and the education sector, COURTS launched its Customer Scholarship programme in June 2011, which is focused on giving back to its customers by assisting them financially to achieve their educational goals.
The scholarship programme offers cash awards towards customers and/or their children/ward in three categories – GSAT, Tertiary and Skills Training. The scholarship will become available in June annually.
The Courts Customer Scholarship programme replaced the Junior Management Programme (JUMP) and the Manufacturers’ Apprenticeship Development Exercise (MADE), which started in 1986 and 1996 respectively.
To date, Courts have assisted over 1000 students with completing their education having invested some $90 million in scholarships and bursaries.
Recipients of the Courts Customer Scholarship proudly show off their Certificates of Achievement at the recently held scholarship ceremony. Courts disbursed scholarships to the tune of $5.4 million this year – awarding scholarships in the following categories: 10 tertiary scholarships valued at $200,000 each; 10 skills training scholarships valued at $50,000 each and 29 (one from each branch) GSAT scholarships valued at $100,000 each.
Sports development is an important aspect of COURTS Corporate Social Responsibility initiative and as such the company continues to be a committed sponsor of both the National Football programmes and the National Netball team.
COURTS was one of the very first sponsors to assist the Jamaica National Football Team in carrying out its various activities on the “Road to France” in 1998. The company to date continues to assist the team through sponsorship of millions of dollars in furniture and appliances for the National Teams Players’ Residence located at 102 Shortwood Road, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Head Office and recently the JFF Technical Centre located at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.
Courts also has committed to sponsoring the Jamaica Netball Association furniture and appliances on an annual basis.
Primary school students enjoying themselves at the recently held Caribbean Premiere League T20 Cricket Series at Sabina Park – Courts Jamaica sponsored 90 students from three primary schools across the country to come and experience the game first hand.
COURTS recognizes that a person’s health is of utmost important and is vital to the continued productivity of a nation. Health care is also an expensive necessity, which many persons unfortunately are unable to afford. COURTS is committed to playing its part in giving back to those in need and those less fortunate who are unable to afford basic health care.
Since 2011, the company has held several health fairs across the island offering the following FREE health services to patrons: HIV test, blood sugar test, blood pressure test, eye testing, heart screening and cholesterol checks.
In 2005 the company made a significant cash donation to the Bustamante Hospital for Children to assist children undergoing heart surgeries.
In the past the company has also enabled the Cancer Society of Jamaica to procure a motor vehicle for its outreach programme to transport its diagnostic equipment island-wide for health screening. The company in association with the Sickle Cell Unit also launched a series of educational videos on Sickle Cell to education the public about the seriousness of the disease.
COURTS has also sponsored patients in need of surgery at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, and its staff also participated in blood donation at the Blood Bank.
COURTS recognizes the important role that having a healthy society plays in the development of Jamaica’s youths, communities and the nation in general, and as such the company will continue to contribute in any way it can to having a healthy and productive society.
Patrons access FREE health services at the series of Courts health fairs held in several communities in which the company operates. The health fairs offered the following health services: eye test, blood sugar & blood pressure tests, heart screening and HIV testing.