"Invensys Involved" Program Supports Local Communities

Organization Steps Up to Provide Bikes for Needy Kids in Houston, Student Mentoring in Massachusetts

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By Keith Larson, VP Content

For Invensys Operations Management, the commitment to "support" extends well beyond its customers and products. Indeed, through the company's "Invensys Involved" program, Invensys and its employees support a broad range of education, health and safety, civic enrichment and environment causes.

"Since its inception, Invensys has been committed to supporting community-building activities in the locations where we operate," says Sudipta Bhattacharya, Invensys Operations Management CEO and president. "We understand that stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities provide better environments for us to conduct business and better places for our colleagues, customers and partners to live."

Invensys Involved is a corporate-wide community investment strategy intended to build and sustain relationships of trust. "Because we are growing and expanding our presence in numerous geographies and industries, our community involvement activities must make a positive impact in the wide variety of locations where we operate," Bhattacharya says.

Two recent examples of Invensys Involved making a positive impact in its communities include its support of Elves & More in Houston and Career Pathways in Foxboro, Mass.

In Houston, 100% of the ticket proceeds from Invensys Operations Management's annual employee appreciation party went to Elves & More, a non-profit organization that provides new bicycles to at-risk and impoverished children. With the donation, Elves & More supplied 100 bicycles and 100 helmets to students at Fondren Middle school. The team's commitment did not stop there; volunteers from Invensys Operations Management took part in building and delivering the bicycles.

"Thank you for your support," says Rebecca Roberts, Elves & More executive director. "Through your partnership, students signed contracts to improve academically in after-school programs and also achieved goals which they set with their teachers. Together we are changing lives—one bike at a time!"

Career Pathways, a program being piloted by a local high school in Foxboro, Mass., is designed to provide students an opportunity to work in fields of interest before entering the workforce or university. Students receive course credit along with performance reviews by their student mentor.

Invensys Operations Management has supported this initiative by providing positions in process engineering, precision machining and occupational health and safety. Students in the engineering track participated in design and process reviews, engineering support tasks and use of advanced applications. Students in the precision machining track worked with experienced machinists and operated state-of-the-art machining equipment. The occupational health and safety track provided students with exposure to workplace safety, medical monitoring and wellness strategies.

Based on positive feedback, Invensys Operations Management plans on expanding this program to include software development and hardware engineering in future years.

"We continue to help improve the quality of life in the communities in which we all live and work," Invensys' Bhattacharya says. "We're Invensys, and we're not standing on the sidelines. We're involved."

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