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IPC boosts corporate social responsibility

Stamford Street-based magazine giant IPC Media has appointed Taryn Barclay as corporate responsibility manager, a move that sees the company increasing its focus on working within the wider community.

Taryn's appointment will see the launch of a new CSR programme in September this year, funded by Time Warner, which will teach design skills to Southwark schoolchildren. The programme content will be developed by senior art directors from across IPC Media, and the 14-16 year olds who take part in the programme will also have the opportunity to undertake one week's work experience with IPC and attend an art appreciation workshop at the Tate Modern. In creating this design initiative, IPC Media has worked with the Department of Culture, Media and Sports' cultural education initiative, Creative Partnerships.

IPC Media's CSR activities take a number of different forms, including environmental considerations; the Roots & Wings initiative, where IPC Media staff volunteer as mentors to help south London teenagers reach their full potential; and charitable and fundraising activities of IPC's huge range of magazine teams. Taryn's new role will support and coordinate the various schemes within IPC, as well as driving forward new initiatives.

Dee Mair, IPC Media's human resources director, said: “I'm very pleased to appoint Taryn to this new role. It not only recognises her commitment and enthusiasm but also the importance that IPC Media places on its responsibilities to the environment and the wider community.”

Commenting on her appointment, Taryn said: “I'm really looking forward to this fresh challenge and I'm delighted to be working within an area I feel passionate about.”

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