Partnering with other organizations to promote social good
We work with nonprofits, community leaders and governments to promote sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. We also foster inclusive, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities. We care about the environment and protect it through resource conservation. We promote social good through grants from the Flex Foundation, corporate and employee donations and volunteerism.
Our sites carried out 538 community activities including those for the Earth Day Challenge and the People with Disabilities Awareness Week.
We provided disaster relief to locations affected by natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey in TX, Maria in Puerto Rico, the fires in California, the flooding in San Jose, and the earthquakes in Mexico.
Eighty-six percent of our sites with 5,000 or more employees have collaborated with nonprofit organizations receiving a Flex Foundation grant.
Seventy-three percent of our sites completed at least one community activity.
Over 19,800 volunteers invested more than 59,000 hours.
Three hundred and forty donations to nonprofit organizations worldwide.
Our 2020 Journey
Increase volunteer hours
Increase percentage of sites with community activities
Implement worker empowerment training program
Implement Flex Foundation — community grants
We share our time, talent and resources to make the communities where we live and work more prosperous. We provide opportunities for decent work, entrepreneurship and upward mobility. And we believe that Sustainability begins at the local level. Using our technology, expertise and resources, we make a positive social change in the communities where we operate globally.
Education and life-long learning. We work with educators around the world to help provide infrastructure improvements and expand teachers’ skills and capabilities.
Technical and vocational training. Flex works to ensure people have access to inclusive and quality education necessary to succeed in the workplace.
Entrepreneurship. We strive to provide opportunities for employment and decent work for all.
Resource conservation. Flex works to protect the environment by conserving our natural resources and reducing our ecological footprint.
The Flex Foundation is our private grants foundation. Established in March 2002, the Foundation invests globally and serves as a catalyst for positive change in communities around the world, providing support in the areas of natural disaster relief, human rights and educational programs.
Grant proposals must meet criteria determined by the Foundation, and comply with Flex 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.
With locations in 30 countries, natural disasters may hit close to home for Flex employees. When this happens, we quickly mobilize to help our communities recover and rebuild however we can.
Flex employs talented people who are passionate about what they do, both at work and in their local communities. We engage our communities by providing relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
Flex business groups, site sponsorship, corporate sponsorship, employee fundraising, and site committees provide monetary and/or in-kind donations directly to low-income or disadvantaged communities based on their needs.
We’re a socially responsible investor who focuses on improving underserved communities. Granted monetary and/or in-kind donations go to non-profit organizations located in communities where we operate.
Investing in communities can positively impact the social good of a nation or a geographic region. We engage our communities by providing technical and vocational skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
Flex encourages employees to give back to their communities by volunteering time, talent and resources to local organizations. In addition to being the right thing to do, it strengthens our brand and provides growth and teamwork opportunities for employees. The Global Sustainability Team works closely with our different sites to coordinate local community activities.
All local community activities and global volunteer programs comply with the Flex Corporate Volunteer Policy, which serves those in need through volunteer efforts and community service. In 2017, 73 percent of the manufacturing and logistics sites participated in local community engagement activities, and over 19,800 Flex employees logged 59,000 volunteer hours globally.
Making opportunities available for students – driving access to decent work
For the second consecutive year, one of our customers invited the Flex Building and Housing Group to support the North State Building Industry Foundation in their “5K in 5 Initiative”; which grants full scholarships for 56 high school students to participate in a 160 hour summer internship program in the homebuilding industry, providing practical experience in concrete, framing, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, flooring, fencing, painting, and stucco, increasing their chances to obtain a decent work and to continue with their education.
In 2017, 24 Flex employees from 10 sites and four countries raised money to travel to Vientiane, Laos to help complete the building of a school which authorities aim to turn into a regional school for surrounding villages by 2020. This directly impacted 300 Laotian students. In 2018, around 50 Flex employees built 11 transitional houses that benefited 50 people directly in Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Our employees carried out our first service learning in 2016 in response to the Nepal earthquake.
We developed a training program, in collaboration with BSR™ (Business for Social Responsibility™), to build the abilities of our suppliers’ key supervisors and future production leaders. The program is provided through a combination of off-line Trainer-of-Trainer (TOT) Training, online training, and through training in our suppliers’ factories. In the coming years, it is projected to impact a total of 20 suppliers.
Opportunities for people with disabilities
Guangzhou, PR. China
For two consecutive years, the Flex Foundation supported the NGO Guangdong Education Development Foundation (GETCH) to help improve employment opportunities of youth with disabilities in China. A total of 276 participants, ages 17 to 26, learned skills in photo editing software, filmmaking, social media, web development, presentation, teambuilding and time management.