INDUSTRY NEWS | 21st June 2021
Charity and Community
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As part of our corporate social responsibility activity, we recently applied for and were accepted as a supporter of the United Nations Global Compact. We’re proud to be part of it and are looking forward to the coming year.
The United Nations Global Compact is a non-binding pact to encourage businesses worldwide to be a force for good, adopting sustainable and socially responsible policies, and reporting on their implementation. It is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.The United Nations Global Compact Mission:
At the UN Global Compact, we aim to mobilise a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. That’s our vision.
To make this happen, the UN Global Compact supports companies to:
We are committed to taking actions which support all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have selected five to focus on until 2025.
To help identify the focus SDGs, we spoke to our team and found out all the amazing things they are doing at home, and in their communities, to support a more sustainable way of life. We then combined this with our company objectives to arrive at a list of five priority SDGs.
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Some of the steps we have taken include establishing a well-being group amongst employees to promote physical and mental wellbeing initiatives and have already more than doubled the number of trained mental health first aiders in our team.
We have completed an audit of all office supplies and used this to reduce waste and introduce more sustainable alternatives. The recycling facilities in our office have been increased and all our energy now comes from 100% renewable sources. The recycled paper stock we now use is FSC accredited as is the print company we work with. The energy used in their print production is carbon offset.
We are Living Wage Employers, which means as a business, and with the suppliers we work with, we are committed to paying the people who work for us at least the real London living wage.
We are proud of our track record in offering socially responsible investment options to our clients, this is reflected in our own company pension scheme where we have switched the default investment fund to one that is designed to incorporate ethical and environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.