Business Environment’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
1.1. Business Environment recognises the importance of its role in managing social, economic and environmental issues. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the principal way Business Environment seeks to co-ordinate and manage practices to maximise positive social and economic contribution and minimise the environmental impacts of its business. Engagement with key clients, employees, community, environmental stakeholders, regulators, business partners, suppliers, and our shareholders is central to Business Environment’s approach to CSR.
1.2. Business Environment divides CSR into four segments:
Marketplace: How we work with our customers and suppliers
Workplace: Where we work, how we recruit and how we work with our staff
Environment: How we reduce our environmental impact
Community: How we engage with the community
1.2. The policy is related to and builds upon the values and standards of ethical behaviour outlined in Business Environment’s Code of Business Conduct.
The objectives of this Policy Statement are to:
2.1. Clarify roles and responsibilities in respect of CSR
2.2. Outline the commitment and requirements for the CSR segments of: Marketplace, workplace, environment and community
3.1. This Policy applies to all divisions (including their business units and service lines) in Business Environment.
4.0 Policy Requirements
4.1. Roles & responsibilities
4.1.1. Ownership of CSR: The Corporate Director is accountable for CSR in the UK. The co-ordination of CSR initiatives and activities will be owned on the Corporate Director’s behalf by the nominated Green Group member who will report regularly on CSR status, progress and issues to the Corporate Director.
4.1.2. Department Management: Responsible for ensuring that key strategic and operational decisions in their area take into account CSR considerations, supporting CSR initiatives and practices through rolemodelling and the allocation of sufficient resources, raising the profile of CSR and overseeing that their area complies with this policy.
4.1.3. Staff: Responsible for behaving in a corporately responsible way, adhering to this policy and enabling Business Environment to make a positive social, economic and environmental contribution.
4.2.1. Business Environment will operate in accordance with the values and standards of behaviour set out in its Code of Business Conduct and all applicable laws and regulatory requirements, and provide a mechanism and process whereby illegal and/or unethical behaviour can be reported and addressed.
4.2.2. Business Environment will provide products and services to meet the needs of its clients, while having consideration for the impact on the natural environment and communities where we operate.
4.2.3. Business Environment will provide high standards of service to clients, and have complaints procedures for clients to ensure their concerns are efficiently addressed on those occasions where there is a problem.
4.2.4. Business Environment will take a partnership approach to supply chain relations, as outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct, ensuring that payments are made promptly, supplier complaints are reviewed, and that we use fair and transparent procurement methods.
4.2.5. Business Environment will use its position in the marketplace to raise awareness of CSR with clients and the market, and help facilitate change to minimise impact on the natural environment and communities where we operate. Updates can be viewed at www.beoffices.com/our-news.
4.3.1. Business Environment will provide a workplace in which diversity is valued and there are equal opportunities. Business Environment will provide a mechanism/s by which employees can raise their views and be engaged in change and issues that affect the company.
4.3.2. Business Environment will provide a safe and secure workplace which is conducive to the health and welfare of employees.
4.3.3. Business Environment will support employees with learning and development opportunities to help them reach their potential and maximise their contribution to Business Environment’s strategy.
4.3.4. Business Environment will recognise and reward individuals on the basis of their own performance and that of the company. Business Environment will appraise performance on both the results that were achieved and how they were achieved.
4.4.1. Business Environment will seek to minimise its energy, water and paper usage, through design, infrastructure and behaviour.
4.4.2. Business Environment will seek to optimise the recycling of 75%of all waste through providing adequate facilities and behaviour, and limit the use of hazardous material.
4.4.3. Business Environment will seek to reduce unnecessary travel and encourage the use of alternative means of communication where practicable.
4.4.4. Business Environment will incorporate environmental considerations into procurement decisions (including refurbishments/new building projects), and raise awareness/influence our supply chain to
facilitate a reduction in their environment impact.
4.5.1. Business Environment will provide benefit to the community though the creation of jobs and the accompanying wealth produced, and through the investment of our money and time in the community.
4.5.2. Business Environment will provide and support UK-wide employee volunteering opportunities and support corporate fundraising campaigns.
4.5.3. Business Environment will encourage and support employees in their own community activities and fundraising efforts, through the provision of time and/or financial contribution.
4.5.4. Business Environment will encourage and facilitate employee giving by providing a Give-As-You-Earn (GAYE) facility.
The following summarises key terms used in this Policy Statement
- Code of Business Conduct – Sets out the standards of ethical behaviour required of all employees and
officers, as well as all Business Environment directors and agents whenever they are acting on behalf of the
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – The overall approach Business Environment takes to contribute to
economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of
the local community and society at large.