Being recognised as a good "corporate citizen" is a key focus for Roke.
Our goal is simple. To help make our community a better place. This means leveraging our know-how, financial resources and the commitment and enthusiasm of our employees to improve life in the communities in which we live and work.
Our activities are diverse. They extend from supporting a host of charity and fundraising initiatives, to working closely with local schools and colleges in a range of educational projects to inspire more young people to take an active interest in science and engineering. We believe that the latter is fundamental in ensuring that the UK continues to compete on the world stage in developing the cutting edge technology of the future.
So how do we get involved?
Roke's "Next Generation" programme sets out to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists through direct contact with experts developing exciting new technology. Roke's Next Generation team have won the England Solent Skills Quest “Amazing People Award 2009”. This is a clear demonstration of the excellent work in local schools and colleges by staff across Roke.
These projects have included sponsoring the Hampshire Solar Challenge, where primary school children built and raced solar power cars, to mentoring college students on the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and supplying a complete HF amateur radio station to Intech - an educational charity run by the Hampshire Technology Centre.
We have built a strong relationship with the Quilley School of Engineering in Eastleigh where we have used one of our products to illustrate the practical aspects of electronic engineering in a workshop which challenges and excites the students about science.
All engineers taking part in Next Generation do this partly in their own time whilst fully supported by Roke. They are encouraged to sign up to the Science and Engineering Ambassador Programme and undertake regular training in best practice with working with children in schools, such as offered at Cambridge University and by the Institute of Physics.
The Board believes that protecting the environment by minimising our environmental impact will help to secure the long term future of our businesses.
The Group’s policy is to have all of our businesses certified to the environmental management system ISO14001, with all newly acquired businesses certified within two years of acquisition. We are fully compliant with this objective. ISO14001 requires the setting of environmental goals and objectives focused on local aspects and impact and in addition, we set expectations and monitor performance across the Group.
Charity of the Year
Each year Roke selects a local charity to become Roke's Charity of the Year. The Charity of the Year is the focus of all charity fund raising activities under Roke's Caring Hands programme, which is led by staff who get directly involved with the fundraising activities. Roke aims to build strong links with the charity through financial and non-financial help in order to make a real difference to the local community.
The Caring Hands programme has been running since 2008 and we have supported a number of local charities including – The Joe Glover Trust, Naomi House, Romsey Family Support Group, Romsey Opportunity Group and The Romsey Young Carers.