We believe that the only way to create long term value is through sustainable, responsible growth. Consequently, we seek to embed responsible practice in everything that we do. We evaluate our corporate responsibility impacts, achievements and strategy through the three pillars of our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Framework:
Our ESG Steering Group guides implementation. Its outputs are monitored by the Chief Executive, who along with the Executive Board ultimately decides the ESG strategy.
We strive to maximise the positive impact of our work, dealing openly, honestly and fairly with all stakeholders and, in the process, building mutually beneficial partnerships.
We encourage our stakeholders to carry out socially responsible practices and use energy/resources efficiently.
Communication is key to ensuring continued successful relationships with our stakeholders.
Reducing carbon emissions remains a primary goal. As a key part of our ESG strategy we actively plan to reduce our CO2 emissions by:
We consider the positive impact our business can have both through our client partnerships and the active contribution of our people.
In addition to supporting our local communities through fundraising activities, we work to deliver Social Value as a contractual commitment through some of our client contracts.
Under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, the public sector must maximise social value effectively and comprehensively through its procurement processes. We are working with several local authorities to deliver various initiatives throughout the lifetime of the contract. These include donations for equipment and resources to local charity and voluntary organisations to assist with addressing local needs, such as homelessness and education for young people. We also offer work experience placements and apprenticeships for school leavers where appropriate.
We are all responsible for delivering to our Environment, Social and Governance framework. Our most valuable resource is the people we employ.
We aim to be an employer of choice for people of any gender from a variety of backgrounds, and to promote respect for the individual and equal opportunities. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity. Our aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of the wider community in which we operate and for each employee to feel respected and able to commit their best.
Through the Equality, Diversity and Dignity policy and mandatory annual training for all employees we promote respect for individuals and equality in recruitment and opportunity for career development and promotion. We commit to regularly reviewing our recruitment and selection process to identify and remove barriers to establish a diverse workforce.
We comply with the Equality Act 2010. Our employment practices and policies have been developed, taking into account good practice guidelines issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission of Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission, and all relevant statutory requirements.
However, we recognise that an effective policy of promoting equal opportunities goes beyond complying with the basic statutory requirements. We continuously monitor and develop our employment practices and policies to encourage equality of opportunity, and to eliminate all forms of unlawful discrimination.
We have worked with external consultants to develop a new career framework, including gender-neutral role definitions. Women now make up a third of the leadership team and we continue to bring women into rewarding careers where we can, including through our apprenticeship and graduate schemes. Our most recent gender pay gap analysis uncovered only minor variations.
We seek to improve performance by educating and training our colleagues in their corporate governance, social and environmental responsibilities.
We maintain a register of legal and mandatory requirements as part of our ISO accreditations.
During 2020/21 we employed over 50 internal and external apprentices within our business.
You can view a copy of our Modern Slavery Statement here.