Fujitsu Signs Up to he Business Compact
Fujitsu Signs Up to he Business Compact
Fujitsu UK & Ireland
Gavin Bounds, COO, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, comments, “Fujitsu is at the heart of local communities and recognises that it has a social responsibility to encourage young who may be at a disadvantage to consider widening their horizons.
“Fujitsu also recognises that its own success is dependent on the talent and skills of its employees. Our experience shows us that creativity and innovation comes from diverse teams and therefore it makes good business sense to attract people from all backgrounds to work for Fujitsu. However, barriers can exist and we are supporting the deputy prime minister’s Business Compact and Social Mobility Strategy to ensure honest, transparent and fair access to opportunities.”
Deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said, “This is an important step towards a society where it’s what you know, not who you know, that counts. Working with the Coalition, the biggest hitters in Britain’s business world are helping lead the way to a fairer, more open society.
“By opening their doors to young people from all walks of life, this marks the start of a culture shift at the heart of British business, driven by the belief that ability and drive should trump connections and privilege. I’d like to thank Fujitsu UK & Ireland for signing up to the Business Compact. Today’s success makes me even more ambitious. This great news is just the beginning – I will be doing everything I can to bring even more businesses on board.”
More than one hundred of Britain’s biggest companies and top professional groups have signed the Business Compact, committing them to making entry into their professions fairer. The Business Compact forms a key part of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Social Mobility Strategy, launched in April 2011, which sets out the Government’s determination to ensure every individual is free to achieve, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Businesses which sign up to it must agree to:
- Support communities and schools through reading and mentoring schemes or encouraging their staff go out to schools and inspire pupils about their careers.
- Open opportunities to all young people by advertising their work experience places through schools, online and in other public forums, rather than just giving places to their mates.
- Make access to internships open and transparent, paying interns the National Minimum Wage where they are legally entitled to it and providing financial support to ensure fair access, such as providing expenses and/or accommodation to those from less advantaged backgrounds to ensure they are not prevented from accessing opportunities by their financial circumstances.
- Recruit fairly and without discrimination, ensuring that their recruitment processes don’t allow candidates to be inadvertently screened out because they went to the wrong school or come from a different ethnic group (including through using name-blank and school-blank applications where appropriate).
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com
Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: uk.fujitsu.com
Date: 12 January, 2012