by Ross Dyer
At Trend Micro we’ve spent the past quarter of a century and more making the online world a safer place for our customers. But right from day one, we’ve also had another global mission: to be a responsible corporate citizen. In that spirit we recently teamed up with the City of Westminster College to improve opportunities for students there.
And last Thursday we saw the fruits of that partnership in a fantastic photo exhibition at our HQ in Paddington. It was great to see how far these students have come in such a short time, and hear how our support is helping to change lives.
The value of CSR
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is all about using the power, influence and reach we have as a major multi-national business in projects designed to help the communities in which we live and work. We’ve helped build houses in the Philippines, donated funds to victims of the Japanese Tōhoku earthquake, and helped with the relief effort for the 2011 Thailand floods and the East Africa food crisis.
But CSR can take many forms, and some of the most rewarding projects we’ve been involved with are much closer to home. In 2014 we teamed up with the local City of Westminster college in a two-pronged effort; to offering a platform for its photography students to show off their talents, and provide financial support for the most promising candidates.
A great night
For the second year in a row, we welcomed to our central London offices the students of the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and Extended Diploma Photography courses last Thursday. The theme for this show, Securing Our Futures, revolved around cyber security, hacking, identity theft and securing personal data. Each participant had to write an accompanying note describing how they interpreted the brief, and it was fascinating for us to see each student’s unique take on the topic. Our UK directors certainly had a tough time judging the 23 entries.
As always, the standard of work was incredibly high and I’d like to thank everyone that took part. But special congratulations go to third place winner Mariyah Afzal, second place Laure Emma Novis, and of course first place winner Clarice Stewart. Their work will be professionally hung in our office for the next year and each of them bagged their own prizes and trophies to take home.
We ended a fantastic night with a party to celebrate another successful year of collaboration. And during the night we heard from last year’s bursary winners how Trend Micro’s financial support has helped them on their academic journey. It’s good to know that we’re making a difference. And to that end, three more bursaries and one scholarship winner will be announced in the next couple of months, chosen by the college.
Here’s to many more successful projects like it, and we wish all this year’s student intake well for the future.