At Serosep, we leave no stone unturned. We pride ourselves on our ability to be responsive both internally with regards our processes, products and people and externally with the services we support throughout our sponsorship and trainee programs within local colleges and universities. Our community involvement program supports both the scientific community and our local community.
Serosep sponsors third level institutions with programs of excellence leading to student awards. Serosep is proud of its commitment to the promotion of science based subjects in the educational curriculum. We understand the importance of inspiring STEM based subjects from an early age, and even offer transition year students who have an interest in science the opportunity to gain some hands-on work experience with us.
Serosep have sponsored several events with our neighbours here in the University of Limerick; the UL Medlab Society Medball in 2022, the UL Industrial Biochemist Student of the year Award and the UL Foundation. We have also sponsored the UCC Biomedical Society. Education is something Serosep feels very passionate about and we are honoured to have a long term commitment to student sponsorship. Even a member of our own staff has previously received an achievement award sponsored by Serosep!
Serosep has sponsored a number of local soccer and rugby clubs including; Limericks Junior B Regional United F.C., Holycross AFC, Garryowen RFC, Crecora & Ballybricken Bohermore GAA clubs, Ahane Ladies Football Club and the Dock Stars Rugby Club in South Wales. The local community is very important to Serosep – we understand how local clubs and associations play a vital role in bringing communities together and are delighted to be sponsors for these teams.
Serosep has a policy of supporting major tragedies worldwide. Significant contributions have been made to support disasters in Nepal (2015), the Philippines (2013) and the war in the Ukraine (2022). Locally, Serosep support Limerick Suicide Watch, Focus Ireland, GOAL, Jigsaw, Climb with Charlie, Irish Guide Dogs Association, Breast Cancer Ireland, Ronald McDonald House, Concern, Unicef and The Irish Red Cross. We also had the pleasure of donating exercise equipment and afternoon tea on Valentines Day 2022 for some local nursing homes in the aftermath of Covid to show both staff and residents that we were thinking of them during this tough time.
The sports and social committee work with different charitable events on a monthly basis. Employees here at Serosep like to keep fit while also donating to lots of valuable causes. Serosep subsidise each employee to take part in local charity walks/runs – employees have raised vital funds for the Breast Cancer unit in UHL, Croi in Galway, Milford Hospice, Irish Heart foundation, Womens aid, Limerick Animal Welfare, Midwest Simon Community, Novas, St Vincent de Paul, Irish Kidney Association and the Marie Keating Foundation to name but a few.
Our favourite part of the year for charitable donations is our Jersey Day for GOAL… it really brings out the competitive nature of our employees!
As a company, we try to spread our charitable donations between the larger and smaller organisations in need. It is also the company’s policy that donations are made to charities on a regular basis.
Serosep know how important mental health is and see it as a priority. With this in mind, Serosep have covered the cost of the conversion and any associated costs of keeping the Limerick Suicide Watch (LSW) Mobile Support Unit on the road. We would like to acknowledge the commitment shown by all volunteers of the LSW. This mobile unit provides a warm, safe and comfortable space for those in distress and their families.
We here at Serosep realise the small changes make the biggest impact. With that in mind, several programs of sustainability have been introduced over the last few years. For instance, our employees no longer use any paper cups – Serosep have supplied all employees with a reusable thermal mug for use here on site or when out and about. Paper napkins have been removed and replaced with recycled, fully compostable and degradable napkins. Cleaning products have been replaced with a new Eco-friendly brand called Bio Hygiene. Single use plastics have been replaced with reusable bottles – refilled from a single 5L bottle of concentrate. Compost bins are used to dispose of all food waste – this action alone has reduced the amount of waste disposed of in the general bins by a vast amount.
As a company, we have taken the tagline “think globally and act locally” to the very core of all our green initiatives. We strive to continuously improve our use of paper and plastics and aim to drastically reduce our use of paper in the office over the next few years.
When Serosep expanded the facility here in Annacotty back in 2010, sustainability was at the forefront of the new building plans. Specialised contractors were sought to install light and heating systems that would only turn on when individual rooms within the building reached a certain level of darkness or temperatures fell above/below certain levels. This ensured a constant supply of ambient light and heat across each department area but also, and more importantly, cut out the need for continuous light and heat all day long across the entire building… Smart technology at its finest!
While building works have commenced on our new R&D facility here at Serosep, we are conscious of the footprint we leave on the land around us. Our sustainability team are currently working on developing an eco-friendly garden on-site, featuring; a bug hotel, birdhouse and even a rabbit sanctuary!
Sustainability is not just a one-off program for Serosep, it is a continuous program of learning, adapting and initiating change.