Gartner associates have a long history of volunteering and making a positive impact on the communities where they live and work. As the scope of our volunteering and community efforts has grown, Gartner brought together the various ways we support our communities under our new Global Community Engagement program.
Our Global Community Engagement program empowers associates to volunteer their time in local communities, contribute to the charitable causes of their choice through a generous gift-matching program, or request assistance in times of financial need as a result of catastrophic events through our Gartner Gives Associate Assistance Fund.
Here is a sampling of the impact our associates have had in 2018.
Gartner’s San Francisco office partnered with Spark, an organization that brings together schools, businesses and individuals to create career exploration and self-discovery experiences for middle school students. This year, associates had the opportunity to participate in Spark Lab, hosting 30 seventh graders in Gartner’s office for an on-site workshop to help the students explore new careers and possibilities for their future. Uniting both Global Business Sales and Global Technology Sales volunteers, associates worked with students over the course of two hours through a series of professional skill-building activities in small groups. Not only was this an exciting experience to work with and mentor ambitious young adults, but it also gave associates a chance to get to know colleagues and build internal networks.
In Portugal, our employees came together to give back as an office to support Banco Alimentar, an organization that fights waste and distributes food to those who need it. Together, with their families on 2 December, along with other volunteers associates worked hard to separate food for donation and distribution. This was Portugal’s first charity activity, associates were excited to give back and look forward to doing even more in 2019.
In Cape Town, one associates green idea, sparked a country-wide movement for Gartner South Africa. Spearheaded by the Real Estate and Workforce Planning team, the European, Middle East and Africa offices are moving to ban single use plastic across all offices by end Q1 2019. Inspired by the goal, an associate started collecting plastics for the EcoBrick program, an initiative that transforms plastic into something useful, such as furniture, walls, houses, children’s playground toys and more. This initiative has raised awareness of environmental issues and has made a real impact on the recycling success of the office, supporting Gartner’s efforts to reduce single use plastic and contributing to a bigger environmental project in their region.
Newly hired Gartner associates from our Arlington, Virginia, office volunteered with Martha’s Table, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of, and access to, healthy foods in communities identified as “food deserts.” The team participated in a local Joyful Market at Malcolm X Elementary School, volunteering alongside school administrators to provide a festive, vibrant market for students and their families to select fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples. Associates participated in cooking demos, provided high fives dressed in vegetable costumes and distributed healthy samples and recipes to students and their families. It was a great way for new associates to give back, get to know one another and experience Gartner’s culture.
Associates in Gurgaon, India, launched a project to teach valuable skills to their colleagues in facilities roles such as housekeeping, mail services and security. The volunteer team of 16 associates from different business units spent weekends organizing classes and provided more than 40 hours of training to help their colleagues digitize everyday responsibilities, resulting in an improved carbon footprint through reduced paper usage.
In Fort Myers, Florida, 40 associates from the Global Enterprise High-Tech Sales team partnered with the United Way and Child Care of Southwest Florida for the “2018 United Winter Olympics” — an Olympics-style field day for children from local community centers in the Fort Myers area. Gartner associates helped prepare for the event and served as “coach buddies” for the children — training, supporting and cheering them on from the sidelines for each event. Each associate was impacted profoundly, walking away with new perspectives and energized to continue to identify ways to give back to the local community.
At Gartner, doing the right things has enabled our business to deliver great results, and our success enables our associates to make a positive impact on our communities across the globe. We are never finished; we are a culture of continuous improvement and will continue to expand these efforts in 2019 and beyond.
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