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Corporate Responsibility




ELEVATE PEOPLE


Competition is fierce in today’s job market, but millions of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are going unfilled. This creates global challenges for both the workforce and employers like us: in order to fix the STEM job gap, we need to help people develop essential skills.


PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY


We’re always thinking about how we can reduce our own environmental impact, but supporting worldwide sustainability is also an essential business imperative at Platts. Our essential intelligence powers thriving global communities by providing information on energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture as well as specialized products on carbon, biofuel and renewable energy markets.


Companies and shareholders want to invest in sustainable businesses; we want to help by offering clients the independent data, analytics and benchmarks that deliver insights and transparency. Our expanding suite of ESG (environmental and social governance) products and services, help people identify how they can invest in ways that support global, long-term change across a wide range of industries and markets.


SUPPORT WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS


When women are in business, economies grow. At Platts, we tackle the challenges women face in launching and developing their businesses - from gender bias to systemic lack of access to capital - with the same skills and insights that make us effective in delivering essential intelligence to our clients.


Corporate responsibility is integral to how we live our values of integrity, excellence and relevance. It’s how we use our skills and capabilities to make meaningful change. Across the globe, Platts seeks opportunities to assist non-profit organizations and support its employees’ commitment to giving back to their communities. Employees are teaming up to make an impact for worthy causes. Their efforts range from benefit dinners to a number of volunteer programmes.


WELLCHILD


Since 2003, Platts has been the title sponsor of the annual Energy Dinner in London in support of the UK’s national WellChild charity. The money raised goes towards WellChild’s Children’s Nurses programme, which gives seriously ill children the best possible chance to thrive, by allowing youngsters to be cared for at home with their families, rather than spending long periods of time in the hospital. This annual event is attended by 400+ energy traders, brokers, lawyers and bankers, and carries a new theme each year, with 2017’s theme being ‘Speak Easy’. The event has raised almost £2m in the last 14 years.





Volunteerism


The time and effort undertaken by Platts employees worldwide exemplifies the spirit of community volunteerism that is common to all offices. Our most recent activities in 2017 vary from revitalizing local areas, to providing skills-based support to those across our communities.


Employees in London visited a local charity, City Gateway, to take part in a business-oriented activity with young adults. Twenty 16-25 year olds pitched their ideas to the group on how to revive an ailing fictional business. The young adults and S&P global volunteers broke into two groups to compete head on for a fictitious consultancy contract, giving the attendees a taste of business consultancy.


Platts employees in Houston helped the Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s Field Operations team clean up the Lost Lake area of Buffalo Bayou Park, a 160-acre park in the heart of the city.



The Houston Center for Literacy is a non-profit group devoted to boosting the citys low-literacy rates by tutoring adults enrolled in General Education Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Groups of Houston Platts employees volunteered at the center, working with the students to improve their language skills, as well as assisting them in preparing for their upcoming exams.



Platts Denver volunteers ran an inaugural skills-based volunteer project, working with a local non-profit group, Open World Learning (OWL) to help them analyze their program data and create meaningful metrics and visualizations for their website.


Nearly 20 employees from Platts Houston office volunteered at the Houston Food Bank. HFB provides 79 million nutritious meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding 800,000 people each year.




In 2015, London-based Platts employees partnered with the Wellchild charity, as part of their Helping Hands unique home improvement programme, and volunteers from the London office transformed the garden of a local four year old boy called Orphe, who has Cerebral Palsy. In two days our volunteers worked very hard to create a play area suitable for the family’s needs, which was safe and allowed Orphe to enjoy the outdoors. This project made a real difference to a boy and his family whilst those that were involved said they took a lot from the experience as well.


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