Sustainability for our communities
At Flex, 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 progress through grants from the Flex Foundation, from corporate and employee donations, and through volunteerism.
Working to achieve our goals
In 2016, we established the Flex 20 by 2020 program, a corporate-wide and executive-supported initiative that identified 20 sustainability goals which we committed to achieve by 2020. We aligned these 20 goals to four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: quality education, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, and responsible consumption and production.
Disaster relief: our response to natural disasters
We provide relief to locations affected by natural disasters, in alignment with our sustainability strategy and with the responsibility we have with society and with our communities.
Last year, through the Flex Foundation, we supported the victims of the earthquakes in Mexico with a monetary donation to TECHO to build emergency houses in the affected zones of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Mexico State, and Mexico City. TECHO, a non-profit organization provides services across Latin America and the Caribbean, seeking to overcome poverty in slums.
Giving hope back to society
Our Service Learning initiative started in 2016 and incorporates social responsibility elements. In its inaugural year, we sent 21 employees from 9 sites and 4 countries to Nepal to help build a community hall in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
The following year, in 2017, we sent 24 employees from 4 countries and 13 sites to Laos to help complete a school building, which local authorities want to make a regional school by 2020. These activities provided 2,000 children with a safer and brighter study environment. Both the Nepalese and Laotian projects were named “Hope” in local languages.
Building a home for families in Mexico
In 2018, our Service Learning program found its way to Mexico, where around 50 employees contributed 1,813 volunteer hours to build 11 transitional wood houses that benefited 55 people directly and 110 indirectly in Las Liebres community in Tlaquepaque, Mexico.
As part of their volunteer work, the volunteers emphasized the importance of education and work within the community, sharing personal experiences as part of their volunteer effort.