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Driving change, inspiring others
Sustainability sits at the heart of our business and by using our skills, talent and resources, we are addressing some of the biggest social and environmental issues of our time. We are enabling a sustainable future for our people, our communities and the world around us.
Our focus is on protecting our planet, unlocking potential in the next generation, supporting refugees into meaningful employment, helping global entrepreneurs in the developing world to work themselves out of poverty, and working with local charities.
- We have supported 49 refugees through mentoring, skills and confidence building workshops, and three six month work placements; we are a Business in the Community 2020 Responsible Business Champion for our work in this area
- Our School Enterprise Programme has reached 3,300 students, developing financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills in young people
- Our carbon emissions have reduced by 14% since 2017 and we have set science-based targets verified and published by the Science Based Targets initiative
- Raised over £13,500 for NHS Charities Together during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Supported 8,000 entrepreneurs in the developing world with £95,000 of microfinance investment
- We are an accredited Living Wage employer
We support and promote the adoption of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with respect to human rights, labour, environment and anticorruption.
We are proud to be a Living Wage employer – meaning all our own people and our third party contracted employees are paid the Living Wage, helping to tackle in work poverty and shape an economy that is fair to all. The real Living Wage is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by over 5,000 UK employers 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.
We are committed to the protection of our planet. Our aim is to reduce pollution and minimise environmental impacts through our operations and services and we have approved science-based targets to reduce emissions. Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 21% by 2023 through operational and behaviour change, focusing on waste and recycling, business travel, energy and paper usage.
Young minds call for change on World Environment Day
To mark World Environment Day 2020, some of our children share their innocent and unfiltered views on the need to take care of our planet. From electric cars to recycling more and taking care of animals, they believe the smallest changes can make the biggest impact.
Our environmental management system is compliant with ISO 14001. We support the UN Global Compact Environment Principals, comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and report to the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Our School Enterprise Programme develops financial and entrepreneurial skills of Year 7 and 8 students and supports entrepreneurs in the developing world. This programme meets the Key Stage 3 curriculum, gives students the opportunity to create their own microbusiness, invest in the developing world and gain financial and enterprise skills through real-life experience. Read about our success with Rivers Academy
See our School Enterprise Programme in action.
“Working with the Year 7 students was so rewarding. Watching them grow in confidence during the day whilst bringing their business ideas to life. It was a privilege to be part of their entrepreneurial journey.” Briony Fagan, Executive
We support local communities by offering our individual and collective time, skills and expertise.
We support a variety of charities and social enterprises, encouraging our people to give something back by volunteering, making donations or fundraising. We have a Matched Funding Scheme in place to supplement personal fundraising efforts and choose to do the right thing when humanitarian or natural earth disasters strike through our Special Appeals.
Entrepreneurs in the developing world need ready access to safe finance to grow their business. Microfinance is an innovative lending vehicle that enables easy and affordable loans where traditional banking is simply not available. Our relationships with lendwithcare.org and deki.org.uk enable our people to loan small sums directly to global entrepreneurs through secure in-country NGOs.
Since 2013, we have supported 8,000 entrepreneurs in the developing world with £95,000 of microfinance investment. To find out more information, watch this video.
“I love being able to support budding entrepreneurs in the developing world who just need a helping hand. By investing just a small amount of money we can help transform their lives by giving them access to the finance they need to grow their business and lift themselves out of poverty.” Chris Bailey, Executive
“It’s a simple idea where you truly get more out than what you put in. To be able to help entrepreneurs to grow their businesses is brilliant. It’s a sustainable solution which means more people, businesses and communities benefit globally as a result.” Perry Burton, Head of People and Culture
We work with Breaking Barriers and Business in the Community to help refugees find sustainable employment and integrate successfully into life in the UK. We offer six-month work placements to help refugees build their employability skills and gain confidence. In addition, we run workshops tailored to people’s needs which include building confidence, effective networking and presentation skills. Business in the Community recognised our firm as a Responsible Business Champion in 2020. We are also a member of the Tent Partnership; a global business network committed to improving the livelihoods of refugees by integrating them into their core business operations.
Find out about our first ever refugee work placement below.
"Helping refugees to find work was truly inspirational! Amazing people, amazing experience and an incredible time spent putting our first world problems in perspective." Robert Moorehead-Lane, Associate Director
Move. Create. Compete. is our internal campaign to raise £10,000 for NHS Charities Together which supports NHS staff and volunteers caring for coronavirus patients. This initiative runs alongside the 2.6 Challenge, a national fundraising campaign to save the UK’s charities.
Perry Burton, our Head of People and Culture, explains: "We are a firm that cares about people and we want to support the NHS, which works tirelessly to safeguard our nation’s health and wellbeing. Yet courageous NHS workers and volunteers need our help now and when this crisis is over. Move. Create. Compete. is about bringing our people together and giving back to a cause bigger than ourselves by raising vital funds for those looking after us.”
Three ways we have been getting involved
1 Moving: staying active based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. We’ve seen some great entries so far including star jumps, pogo sticks, running, keepie-uppies, press ups, rowing and yoga
2 Creating: sharing how we have been getting creative during the lockdown. This might be playing an instrument, baking/cooking, knitting, sculpting, designing a hanging basket, singing, dancing, writing poetry, or photography
3 Competing: gaming against our colleagues online, for those that love football in a FIFA tournament. For those who want to test their knowledge we are holding a national quiz.
We encourage everyone to move, create and compete with us! If you want to support us in supporting NHS Charities Together visit our JustGiving page.