The inaugural NH SVIC was created by the University of New Hampshire in 2013 in partnership with Nobel Peace Prize winner, social business and microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus. Hosted by UNH’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, this competition aims at fostering a culture of creative problem solving for pressing social and environmental issues.
Gerardine Ferlins, Cirtronics President/CEO, “We are honored to support this competition as a sponsor because it is a natural fit for us and our values.” Ferlins continues, “The UNH Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, and the SVIC are taking creativity and pragmatism and applying them to the realm of solving social issues.”
Why is Cirtronics a sponsor?
When asked why Cirtronics decided to sponsor SVIC, Leader of People and Culture, Linda Langsten said, “Several things motivate us to sponsor the SVIC. First and foremost is the belief that our community and the environment are stakeholders in our organization. That means we have a share in the responsibility for finding solutions to important challenges. Supporting SVIC is one of the ways we embrace that responsibility. Another motivation for our support of SVIC is the desire to help students see their own potential to create positive change. Team members at Cirtronics are encouraged to participate in problem solving, collaborate extensively and continuously create positive change. We believe that students, as future members of the workforce, can only benefit from the opportunity SVIC provides to develop that mindset.” Linda added. “We believe social responsibility is an important part of culture and element of our corporate success. We would like to think our sponsorship of SVIC can inspire other organizations to view social responsibility the same way.”
Putting Values to Work
Again, Ferlins, “Working with UNH to sponsor this challenge will allow us to participate in supporting innovative thinking and positive social change. Students and community members who enter or attend the finals will be able to see many ways that social responsibility and technology can coexist. We look forward to connecting with more students and experienced professionals who share that view.”
Cirtronics is a locally owned and operated, contract manufacturer for electronics, electro-mechanical assemblies and box builds for a wide range of markets including med/tech, communications, aerospace, military, security, industrial, and robotics. Cirtronics is an Employee Owned Company (ESOP) that qualifies for US government woman-owned and small business status. To learn more about Cirtronics and Precision Engagement®, visit www.cirtronics.com.