It is important to us that we ensure we support everyone we come into contact with, this includes our staff, our clients and the community around us. As a business we have a unique set of skills and we use these to help community groups in the local area.
With this in mind in 2019 we decided to adopt a Socially responsible strategic approach to our business. This involved putting people first all of the time, be they our staff, our clients and partners, people in the community around us or charities which so desperately need our help.
In adopting this approach, we undertook to change the way we operated so as to minimise our impact on the world around us whilst using our skills and resource to help others who need it.
To achieve these results, we reviewed every aspect of our work, specifically
- Our staff and how we support them
- The environment and how we can have a positive impact
- Our community, we identified causes that we believed would benefit from our help.
Having established this strategy we identified annual programmes, most of which has to be adapted last year in the pandemic, to deliver our objectives which culminated in us being awarded a silver accreditation from CSRA in January 2021.
We are extremely proud of this achievement and will be working to continue to drive our social responsibility and encourage other businesses to do the same.
For more information on CSRA and what it means visit their website.
The accreditation comes with many benefits but one element we liked in particular is that for every application a tree is planted and here is our certificate to prove it. It all helps.
The Charterhouse Foundation
The Foundation has been set up to provide local groups access to specialist support that they might not otherwise have to the chance to get. The Foundation does not give grants to charities but provides expertise and knowledge. Click here to read more.
Charities and Community Projects
We work with a number of charities and local community projects as part of our social responsibility commitment, including our Charity of the Year. For information on these charities click here.
Our team are truly our biggest asset and over the past three years we have implemented a new development and evolution programme aimed at giving all our team the support they need not just to manage their daily workload, but to evolve and develop their skills and ultimately to ensure they get the most from their work, helping them all to achieve their life.
As a business we believe we:
- Have a great working environment where staff from all over the world come together and work as a team. Diversity is important to Charterhouse and we believe it has a positive benefit to the team as well as the work we do for clients.
- Invest in our team by appreciating that without a culture of support, teamwork and collaboration the organisation cannot reach a united vision. Whilst emphasising teamwork Charterhouse also respect the individual, the person they are and the way they work.
- Provide a variety of great benefits, including a commitment to employees’ health, both physical and mental as well as offering benefits to promote work life balance and a platform for employees to be active and socialise outside the office.
- Promote continuous development with internal and external training, including quarterly training updates for professional staff as well as offering study support for professional exams that benefit the employee and the business.
- We monitor engagement levels on regular basis and we encourage employees to provide us with feedback and suggestions for further development of the business.
We strongly believe that every business has a duty to reduce their impact on the environment and we have reviewed the whole business to ensure we can achieve an overall reduction on our impact
This has included:
- Working toward becoming a paperless office
- Change of policy to remove the usage of plastic water bottles in the office
- Removing disposable cups from the kitchen and replacing these with reusable cups and kitchen utensils.
- Employees have the option of requesting to work from home, one or more days per week which reduces the impact on the environment through travel.
- The office has been fitted with movement sensors to ensure that lights are only used where needed and others turn off automatically.
- We put up a hot water (boiling) tap in order to use less electricity when making teas.
- Staff have been offered a scheme to claim back £10 for buying a reusable portable cup.
- Shared shopping bags.