Our North American business operates a ‘one by one®’ charitable giving programme which reflects our culture and principles. Each business day we give at least two non-profit organisations a $500 award to use on promotional products to spread the word, recruit volunteers or thank donors. In 2015, the value of ‘one by one®’ grants awarded was $443,500, and there were more than 3,500 applicants.
Our UK business has its own charitable giving initiative, ‘Helping Hand’, which also aims to use the power of promotional products in the support of a good cause.
Team members are given paid time off, and are encouraged to volunteer for a local charity or non-profit organisation of their choice. In addition, we are actively involved in the local community in many other ways, for example in team sponsorships, student scholarships at local colleges, product donations for local events such as 5Ks and marathons, and encouragement of team members to participate on volunteer boards and committees.
We understand the importance and benefit of team member diversity, and we strive to create a culture which recruits and promotes the development of all regardless of background. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment, and no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity or disability.
Social and ethical responsibility. We have developed a social and ethical policy, the purpose of which is to guide our businesses towards best practice in social and ethical matters. The policy addresses issues like working hours, discrimination, collective bargaining, supplier audits and child labour.
Environment. We recognise our responsibility to protect the environment, and we are committed both to achieving required environmental standards across all our activities and to minimising environmental impact. Our businesses actively assess and monitor the potential impact of their operations on the environment, with particular care to address energy consumption and waste, and to ensure that paper used for marketing print collateral is sourced from sustainable forests.
Health and safety. Good practice in health and safety matters is a priority. Regular reports on health and safety are received and reviewed by the Board. At a local level we take a proactive approach, with regularly-convened safety committee meetings, risk reviews and awareness initiatives.