Corporate Social Responsibility
At Canon Medical Research Europe, we take great pride in our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and strive to make a positive impact in the communities where we work and live. Each year we dedicate time and resources to raising money for our chosen charity within the medical sector, which has included Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, Stroke Association Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. We participate in numerous fundraising activities including the Great Scottish Run, Forth Bridge Abseil, company sponsored walk/run/cycle relays, raffles and game-a-thons. We also organise litter clean-up activities with environmental charities to benefit the local community and environment, and have "adopted" two streets local to our offices, undertaking to keep them clear of litter.
Canon Bursary Scheme
As part of our commitment to supporting local universities we offer a Bursary Scheme each year to students at Edinburgh University.
We participate in many activities as part of STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network), a UK-wide programme which “creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM”. Currently we have 13 STEM Ambassadors who regularly contribute to these activities, which have included volunteering at the Edinburgh International Science Festival and Glasgow Science Centre ‘My World of Work!’ We also regularly take on student placements in our offices to give them an insight into various roles we have available and encourage them to follow a career in STEM.
Scottish Business Pledge
Canon Medical Research Europe has signed up to The Scottish Business Pledge, which is a values-led partnership between government and business. This is a voluntary commitment to support sustainable business growth in Scotland and uphold the principles of fairness, equality, opportunity and development in the work place.
Our commitments to the nine pledges are:
- Pursuing international business opportunities
- Making progress on diversity and gender balance
- Supporting progressive workforce engagement
- Paying the living wage
- Not using exploitive zero hours contracts
- Investing in Youth
- Committing to an innovation programme
- Playing an active role in the community
For more information visit the Scottish Business Pledge Website
Living Wage Employer
As a Living Wage Employer, in 2017 we became active participants in the Living Wage In Tech Leadership Group and serve as advisers on the overall strategy and direction of the Foundation’s outreach in the tech industry.
Healthy Working Lives
The Healthy Working Lives award programme helps an organisation identify issues and improve health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace in a structured and productive way. As Gold Award holders we have made a long term commitment to continuously improve in these areas for the benefit of our employees and the wider community. The activities we run in-house cover a variety of wellbeing topics, including mental health, physical activity and healthy eating and we provide various opportunities and activities in these areas for our staff. For more information visit the Healthy Working lives website https://www.healthyworkinglives.scot
Our social committee identifies opportunities for CSR and fundraising activities and we encourage our employees to volunteer their time to take action and contribute to a variety of causes. They also organise monthly social events subsidised by the company. Previous events have included sushi making, rock climbing and laser quest.