We share our time, talent and resources to make the communities where we live and work more livable and prosperous by providing opportunities for decent work, entrepreneurship and upward mobility.
We believe that global citizenship begins at the local level. Using our technology, expertise and resources, we strive to effect change in the communities in which we operate globally. We work with nonprofits, community leaders and governments to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. We also work to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities.
The Flex Foundation is our grant making arm and operates as a private foundation. Established in March 2002, the Foundation invests globally and serves as a catalyst for positive change in communities around the world, providing assistance in the areas of natural disaster relief, human rights and educational programs. Emphasis is placed on programs that serve the needs of people in communities where Flex has a presence.
Grant proposals must meet a set of criteria determined by the Foundation, and comply with Flex’s anti-discrimination and anticorruption policies and the U.S. Patriot Act. Projects are selected by regional grant officers and approved by a grant review committee.
Flex encourages employees to give back to the communities where they live and work by giving their time, talent and resources to local community organizations. Our global volunteer program provides our employees opportunities to help those in need through voluntary giving and community service.
In 2014, 86 percent of the manufacturing and logistics sites participated in local community engagement activities and 15,966 Flex employees (representing 10 percent of the total number of employees) logged 55,871 volunteer hours globally, equivalent to an investment of $1.2 million. Community Involvement committees at local sites engaged in a total of 528 volunteer activities, including blood drives, food and clothing drives, educational programs and student facility tours, environmental awareness programs, tree planting and other projects.
Flex employs talented people who are passionate about what they do. They have a tenacious commitment to continuous improvement both at work and in their local communities.
We engage with our communities by providing the relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. We promote inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities.