SIG recognises the ethical obligation it holds to the communities in which it operates, both as a local employer and as a FTSE 250 company.
To help support the Group's contribution to the UK communities in which it operates, SIG is a member of Business in the Community ("BITC"). The Group has worked with BITC for a number of years to help develop its approach and practices. This is mainly achieved through charitable donations and other initiatives that help the community.
In the UK, SIG is currently partnering with Fir Vale School in Sheffield on a number of initiatives. Fir Vale School provides around 1,050 places for students up to GCSE level and is full and oversubscribed. The majority of students are BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) with a more recent intake of Eastern European background students. The school serves a deprived socio-economic community with 37% of students qualifying for free school meals.