Company’s social involvement activities to focus on the support of disadvantaged populations and the realization of educational potential in the field of plant science
Rehovot, Israel, August 21, 2012 – Evogene Ltd. (TASE: EVGN) has released its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, setting forth the guidelines and values for its social involvement and contribution activities. As part of its commitment to contribute to the community in which it operates, Evogene has set the guidelines for its involvement and the involvement of its employees in promoting social responsibility.
Evogene’s CSR activity is focusing on three main areas: i) Diversity in human resources; ii) Academic support of disadvantaged students in the field of plant sciences; and iii) Social involvement in the community through volunteering activities, in which company employees take an active role.
Evogene’s CSR policy release follows past years’ activities which include cooperation with ‘All Good’ association which provides a variety of employment and leisure initiatives to hundreds of disable people candidates in order to integrate then in the community; and with ‘Meshi’- Rehovot a rehabilitation factory which integrate people with mental disability in the labor market. This cooperation included integration of individuals from these organizations in the company’s on-going operation. Furthermore, company employees were involved in volunteering activities during the Israeli holidays to collect, pack and provide food packages for populations’ in-need. The volunteering activities were conducted in cooperation with ‘Hod Israel’, a community charity organization, and ‘Latet’, an Israeli humanitarian aid organization. In addition, the company has donated this year scholarships for PhD students at the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture.
“We are pleased to take an active and supportive part in the community in which we operate and see great value in promoting our CSR activity while mutually benefiting from the sense of purpose of volunteering as well as promoting individuals with scientific knowledge that may potentially integrate into the company ,” Stated Mr. Ofer Haviv, CEO and President of Evogene. “Evogene is committed to supporting educational programs in the Israeli plant science community to advance academic scientific education and support local organizations and institutions that aid disadvantaged populations.”