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Our responsibility to the environment

We understand that being a responsible organisation means being conscious of our impact on the world around us, and striving to improve the way we do things. We therefore work hard to ensure that any negative impact our business has on the environment is minimised. We achieve this in a number of ways:

  • maintaining ISO 14001 certification (an international environmental management system standard)
  • minimising carbon emissions from business travel by avoiding unnecessary travel, and travelling by public transport unless there are reasons why this is not practicable or would impede efficiency or effectiveness
  • promoting sustainable modes of transport for commuting to work
  • identifying and implementing cost-effective measures to reduce energy and water consumption
  • reducing the amount of waste generated and disposed to landfill through a waste minimisation and recycling programme.

Our responsibility to our staff

We seek to provide a healthy and safe environment for our staff, and invest in them to facilitate their personal growth and professional development in the workplace. These aspirations are achieved through:

  • promoting diversity and equality of opportunity in employment
  • maintaining British Standard 18001 certification (and its successor standard ISO 45001) for Occupational Health and Safety
  • concern for the wellbeing of our staff, including offering access to support and advice through employee assistance programmes and occupational health providers
  • a ‘cycle to work’ salary sacrifice scheme
  • the opportunity for staff to take up to three professional development days per year, in line with the objectives of our organisation.

Our responsibility to our local community

We support our local community through:

  • a policy which allows staff to work flexibly to participate in approved voluntary work, including scope for one day of paid leave to be approved when voluntary work has a direct impact on an individual’s learning and development
  • enabling our staff to support local and national charitable organisations through payroll giving, voluntary fundraising activities, and time and opportunities to participate in charitable events.

Our responsibility to wider society

We want to continue to be an organisation that provides the highest levels of public service by embodying ethical standards. We will achieve this by:

  • behaving with honesty and integrity in all our activities and relationships with stakeholders and others
  • supporting the principles of fair trade, and purchasing fair trade products for meetings through our catering provider where possible.

Further information

For further information about corporate social responsibility at HEFCE, contact Kate Nickols, tel 0117 931 7435, email k.nickols@hefce.ac.uk.