One of the misconceptions is that Corporate Social Responsibility is just for the large corporates. Whilst we are growing rapidly, we have even bigger ideas and so we thought why not consider these issues now and set the ground work for the future.
Whilst we can’t confess to hugging trees on a regular basis, we do want to make sure our business is as environmentally responsible as possible. We do this in a number of small ways by:
• Ensuring we use low energy light bulbs at Head Office;
• Switching computers and lights off when not in use;
• shared vehicles getting Teams to site;
• Sourcing environmentally friendly products, wherever possible.
We wanted to go one step further so we also calculated our carbon footpriint. According to these calculations, we produce approximately 25 tonnes of CO2 emissions. We have therefore planted 25 trees in the South East to offset this carbon emission, and will continue to do so each year. A small step, but in the right direction.
When we all sat down at the beginning to discuss the team ethos, one aspect was quite apparent. It was important to all of the Team that we give a little back to the Community, not just in the UK but around the world. And by “give” we don’t just mean financially, we mean time which to us is even more valuable. We therefore ensure all of our employees are given time off each year to volunteer on their charity of choice. At the end of the year, we also make a financial donation to these charities.