Intel Ireland established a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) in early 1994 which consists of 17 community members who represent various local community groups and key interest areas in the wider community. The purpose of the panel is to ensure there is an active two-way flow of information and consultation between Intel and the community.
We have a program of activities to increase understanding with our neighbors in North Kildare. There is the special story of Intel and the River Rye - how Intel worked with UCD, the Central Fisheries Board and Leixlip Anglers Club to save a salmon and trout fishery from destruction and restore it to full health.
The Intel Involved Program is aimed at encouraging participation by company employees in community service. A committee identifies community projects which will benefit the local area, facilitates volunteers participation in these projects and provides funding support.
Since the programme started in Leixlip employees have volunteered over 25,000 hours to community projects. They have assisted in a wide cross section of projects including teaching computer applications, environmental projects, painting and refurbishing community buildings, assisting with youth and senior citizens groups and assisting local charities. Groups to benefit included local Tidy Towns Committees, Planting Projects, Active Retirement Groups and a Schools Recycling Project.
All projects are advertised within the plant and employees are encouraged to pick projects where they can put their knowledge and experience to work to the advantage of the local community.
The response from both the community and employees have confirmed their enthusiasm for this kind of involvement.