Corporate Social Responsibility
It is important to everyone who works at or for BDO to work for a socially responsible organisation. We are committed to making a real and sustainable difference.
We understand that the talent and energy we have can contribute to the kind of society we all want to live in.
We enable Payroll giving that encourages employees to make tax-free donations to charities directly from their salary. We are also approved by the Careers Recovery Service for the placement of injured service personnel.
Our community volunteering policy gives employees ten days a year for volunteering. Individuals are free to choose the focus of their voluntary work whether it be environmental responsibility or charity fundraising. Below are just a few examples of the kind of things our people do to contribute to their communities;
Our Islamic Society organised a sponsored fasting challenge day across different offices during Ramadan to raise money for Water Aid.
Our Liverpool office raised £6,500 for Claire House — a hospice for terminally ill children.
In September 2016, a team from our Reading office took part in the LDC Camp Mohawk Day. They helped restore and maintain the facilities; gardening, digging, painting, and building. The centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment.
Business Restructuring teams from Reading, Bristol, Birmingham and Nottingham took part in the Barclays 13 mile walk through the Malvern Hills to raise funds for Winston’s Wish.
Our Business Services & Accounting team in Manchester have been working with the Salford Foundation to mentor year 8 and 9 students at Harrop Fold School in Worlsey and Buile Hill School in Salford. During six sessions, we help students with confidence, team building, organisation and planning.
The BDO Charitable Trust makes discretionary grants and matched donations. In the financial year to March 2017, the Trust donated £67,482.
We are reducing and minimising our impact on the environment. As well as establishing an environmental management system and KPIs, we are promoting environmental awareness amongst partners and staff.
Our ambitious plans to reduce our environmental impact are set out in our 2016 Carbon Footprint Report. Our commitments go beyond what is required for compliance. Quite apart from any moral considerations, become more efficient and sustainable reduces costs and contributes to the exceptional client service we aspire to.
The first step has been to measure what we want to manage. This means that we now compile data that allows us to accurately track progress and produce quarterly Carbon reports. We regularly look at how technology, like Smart metering, can help. We work closely with our landlords to obtain more and better data on our impact. We have improved our reporting systems for expenses and travels, a substantial part of our environmental impact.
We achieved ISO14001 certification in 2010 and have retained it since.
We are taking a range of measures to reduce our impact. These include encouraging alternative forms of transport and accommodation and encouraging Video Conferencing to reduce travel in the first place.
We are demanding that our suppliers and contractors also innovate and reduce their impact on the environment. The use of more efficient LED lighting and of more sustainable, and recycled, stationary is two examples of improvements made.
Engaging our people and involving them in shaping our environmental programme is essential to achieving success. Contributing to the success of our environmental programme reflects our core value of personal responsibility. We expect all our partners and staff to promote an environmentally aware culture and help us to meet the targets we set to improve our environmental performance.
If you have any questions about our environmental commitments please, Rick Gourley, Senior Manager, Property and Facilities.
Download our Environmental policy document