Profit should not be the sole measure of a successful business
If its people aren't thriving, then that business is failing. Equality, fairness, and wellbeing is our driving force. Our people and culture practices are grounded in health and wellbeing and we take more than just the mandated steps to ensure our teams can thrive at work and in their personal lives. We encourage people to bring their whole selves to work, feeling engaged and productive.
We are proud to be a living wage employer. We pay all our people and our third-party contracted employees a living wage, helping to tackle in-work poverty across the UK. The real living wage is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by employers like us, who believe a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. It is good for business, good for the individual and good for society.
UN Global compact
We believe it’s essential to our clients that the suppliers they work with are committed to contributing to social change and mobility through their working culture. Our culture focuses on two key elements:
1 How we can make a difference in places and communities where we, as a firm, and our clients are based
2 How we need to change internally to make that happen
We encourage the adoption of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) concerning human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our Communication on Progress shows how we integrate these principles across all facets of the business. We continually strive to improve and extend these guidelines in all our work.
A profound understanding of social responsibility ensures we speak out on the issues that impact our clients, our people and our industry. We assess and address anti-modern slavery laws in our own business. We collaborate with the organisations we work with to help them adopt and enforce policies to comply with the legislation.
Our commitment to supporting our people is paramount. The pressures of work and life can lead to periods of stress, anxiety and, occasionally - if not managed - burnout.
For some, this is an ongoing condition. One-in-four people in the UK will suffer a mental health challenge, and men in particular can struggle to deal with this. COVID-19 has taken an emotional and physical toll and, over the coming months, we will undoubtedly see many continue to struggle with mood, motivation and social isolation.
We have been working to put support in place to normalise mental health and focus on skills to build resilience. We want to reduce the stigma of mental illness, so it's ok to say when you're not ok. One way we did this was to sign the ‘Time to Change’ employer pledge, in which we committed to change how we think about mental health in the workplace and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.
Our strategy is built around supporting our people in all areas of mental health and resilience (balance, rest, connection and emotional health), enabling you to prioritise your personal well-being. Getting this right enables us to:
support our people to lead healthy lifestyles at work
create an open culture where people are supported and can thrive
reduce the stigma around mental health and put resilience at the forefront.