Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

1. Introduction and objectives

Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) refers to the way in which businesses regulate themselves in order to ensure that all of their activities positively affect society as a whole. CSR policies aim to guarantee that companies work ethically, considering human rights as well as the social, economic and environmental impacts of what they do as a business. Businesses should meet, and aim to exceed, any relevant legislation, and if legislation does not exist in particular area, the company should ensure they carry out best practices anyway.

Baker Stuart as a business in our day to day business operations will impact on the environment and community around us as well as the business, staff and customers of our clients. We wish as a business to make that impact a positive one. The prosperity of our business and of the communities within which we operate requires a commitment from us to the sustainable management of our activities.

We have therefore developed a policy that affects and enhances all areas of our business. We are committed to ensuring that any business undertakings are conducted as ethically as possible by adopting and committing to the principles and practices set out below.

2. Our people

We are committed to the well-being and continual development of our people and to training our workforce, where employees are appreciated, valued and given regular feedback so that each employee has a clear understanding of their role and how they contribute to the business. We operate a meritocracy, where all employees are recognised and rewarded on the basis of their performance, effort, contribution and achievements.

We expect our employees to act with integrity towards one another and exercise a high standard of business practice and workmanship. We support diversity, fairness and equal opportunities and aim to involve and consult regularly with employees as to the direction of the business.

3. Customers

We aim to build long term relationships with all our customers and other stakeholders by understanding their objectives as they evolve over time and meeting their needs. We aim to give fair value, consistent quality and reliability. We aim to have the highest professional and ethical standards and will be honest, open and transparent in all our dealings with customers.

4. Suppliers

We aim to create and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers and contractors.We aim to choose suppliers that share our ethos in relation to employment practices, quality and environmental controls. This will be communicated to all suppliers and potential suppliers.

5. Health and Safety

We aim to achieve and maintain the highest standards of health and safety and provide a safe and healthy working environment for all our activities. We have a current and effective written health and safety policy that is annually reviewed and updated.

6. Environment

We have implemented an environmental policy appropriate to our business. We are aware of our environmental impact as a business and have taken and continue to take appropriate steps to mitigate that impact, including setting environmental objectives and targets, implementing procedures and providing training so employees and contractors understand their environmental responsibilities and can seek to improve our environmental performance.

We commit to reducing the environment impact by encouraging greener transport by doing any of the following:

  • Encourage staff to walk, cycle, car share or use public transport to get towork if possible.
  • Encourage staff to use greener fuels in their personal vehicles if possible.
  • Any company vehicles (such as delivery vehicles, plant/ machinery, or company cars) should be as energy efficient as possible.

3.7 The Community

We recognise and understand the significance of the local community within which we operate. We aim to enhance our contribution to the community by being
sensitive to the needs of local people and groups and promoting ethical and socially responsible trading

As a business, we are doing our bit to support local communities by.

  • Monetary donations to local charities, youth groups and community
  • Support local charities etc. by donating time i.e. staff participation in
    volunteering days.
  • Supporting the surrounding community by employing local people and giving
    opportunities to young people from our local communities via apprenticeships
    and work experience.

 

This policy is itself kept under continual review.

This Policy Statement has been approved & authorised by:

Name:               Colin Stuart

Position:           Chief Executive Officer

Date:                 May 7, 2021          

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