At Grassroots, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our company values. It is based on our commitment to demonstrating the highest standards of ethics and professional standards in everything we do. Here’s a quick summary of what our CSR strategy looks like and how it’s implemented in practice…
Quality, Ethics and Respect
The first part of our CSR strategy focuses on quality and compliance – ensuring legality and adherence to regulatory obligations. This means that we can ensure open and transparent relationships with our clients, following REC and ISO standards, in accordance with our company policies.
It also means that we always conduct business with integrity and respect for human rights. We advocate ethical practices as a business, employer and recruiter, promoting respect for our candidates, clients, colleagues and suppliers. We are proactive in protecting our people (by supporting diversity and inclusion and ensuring their safety and wellbeing for example), as well as our environment (by reducing office waste and using local suppliers for example).
Supporting our Community
The second part of our CSR strategy focuses on how we give something back to our local community. This ranges from supporting the inclusive growth agenda to volunteering and increasing our community involvement.
We work with local schools and colleagues as well as supporting work experience programmes and offering training workshops; our directors occupy trustee roles within non-profits focused on regional development; and we continue to produce research and data that promotes inward investment.
Charity of the Year and Employee Volunteer Scheme (EVS)
In addition, we select a local charity partner each year to support with fundraising, stewardship and volunteering. For the second year running, our team have voted to support The Wellspring. The centre in Stockport is open 365 days of year and provides food, drink, clothing, medical care and lots of advice for homeless and disadvantaged people.
Throughout the year, our team is tasked with organising fundraising challenges and sponsorship events – ranging from pub quizzes and corporate golf days, staff donations and collections of food and clothing, to distance hikes and running events. Via our EVS, we also encourage staff to take up to 16 hours paid leave to volunteer at the centre. This includes supporting the recruitment of volunteers and project workers, giving careers advice and job-finding support to patrons, as well as getting stuck in peeling potatoes in the kitchen or cleaning out the food bank!