Corporate Social Responsibility
At BDO we are committed to being a responsible business, both in how we work with our clients but also in terms of how we contribute to the wider community and the world around us. It is important to our employees to work for a socially responsible organisation and our approach therefore reflects our people. We recognise that: 'Our activities as a firm have an impact on our communities. We are committed to not only managing that impact but also using the resources we have in making a real and sustainable difference.'
We are actively involved in supporting and developing the local community to make a lasting positive impact.
Our activities as a firm have an impact on our communities. We are committed to not only managing that impact but also using the resources we have in making a real and sustainable difference. We understand that the amount of talent and energy we have can make a real difference in helping to create the kind of society we all want to live in.
Our community volunteering policy allows employees 10 days a year to use flexibly for volunteering. Our approach is deliberately open so individuals are free to choose the focus of their voluntary work whether it be environmental responsibility or charity fundraising.
We operate the BDO Charitable Trust through which discretionary grants and matched donations are made. Beneficiaries have included local schools and charities eg. Oxfam and Cancer Research. In the financial year to March 2015 we donated £137,000. Payroll giving also enables employees to make tax-free donations to charities of their choice directly from their salary.
We are also approved by the Careers Recovery Service for the placement of injured service personnel.
Our employees have been involved in a huge variety of community involvement projects, from treks to clearing gardens and building fences. Below are just a few examples of some of the work that has been done.
A group of people from across BDO undertook a nine day trek in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia to a remote mountain community. They raised money to start a medical outreach program to provide much needed medical aid and health education for a village that had access to neither. As part of the project £10,000 of individual fundraising efforts were also matched by the firm.
Scott McNaughton, one of our audit partners has taken his fundraising efforts to extreme lengths, climbing Everest and rowing the Atlantic. He has raised over £20,000 for charity.
Of course not all community involvement has to be on such a grand scale to have an important and lasting impact. Employees from our Leeds office had an ‘away day’ to clear local moorland which will help to preserve it for future generations.
A team from our Birmingham office became involved in a six week football coaching programme conceived by the children’s charity Barnardo’s to give young people in Walsall the opportunity to get fit in constructive leisure activities. Following the programme a sporting dinner was held raising over £8,500.
BDO recognises that projects of this sort not only benefit the communities but also our employees. Often groups of volunteers are made up of staff from different departments and levels. Working together ‘outside of work’ has strengthened relationships between people from different teams, a beneficial contribution to everyday work-communication.
We work hard to ensure that the negative impact our business has on the environment is minimised.
Environmental protection is integral to our position as a responsible business. As well as measurement, KPI's and promoting an environmentally aware culture, we are taking a number of steps to develop our environmental management system.
We are committed to continuous improvement in our carbon footprint and have produced our Carbon Footprint Report in 2016 which sets out our ambitions in this important area.
From this year we have started compiling data to enable us to produce quarterly Carbon reports on request and to start comparisons with the previous year’s data. We continue to look at introducing new technology in the form of Smart metering along with ongoing liaison with our various landlords to provide more accurate data about our utility usage and waste streams that leave the offices.
We now have better reporting from the various new systems in use for expenses and travel which has allowed us to report on various modes of travel & hotels. We continue champion the use of Video Conferencing and alternate modes of travel around the country. Our various suppliers and contractors are being challenged to innovate the use of new technologies and greener alternatives. Such as replacing or upgrading existing lighting with more energy efficient LED lighting and the introduction of more green and recycled stationery to the business where appropriate
One of our key achievements has been becoming ISO14001 certified in 2010 and which we have retained since.
We believe that engaging our people and involving them in shaping our environmental programme is essential to achieve success. We ask all our employees to promote an environmentally aware culture and help us to meet the targets we set to improve our environmental performance, in line with our value of Taking Personal Responsibility.
BDO is a responsibly managed firm that aspires to exceed market expectations across all sustainability issues and go beyond legal compliance to proactively reduce our environmental impacts. Our goals are to reduce our overall carbon footprint by embedding environmental controls and practices into the daily management of the firm and thereby encourage positive behaviour from our staff to achieve a greener culture.
Doing what's right for all
We are adopting these measures because we believe it is simply the right thing to do in this time of climate change. In addition, we also recognise several business benefits that will ensure the long term sustainability of our strategy. Efficient use of energy and resources can help to reduce costs as well as shrinking our environmental footprint. We see increasing levels of concern and sophistication around environmental issues from our clients and feel that proactively embracing this change is a key part of our commitment to exceptional client service.
Our environmental policy, which can be downloaded below, outlines our key environmental impacts, targets and commitments. It is endorsed at the highest level, personally signed by our Managing Partner, Paul Eagland, and will be reviewed and amended on an annual basis to ensure that we continually improve.
If you have any questions about our environmental commitments please contact Maxine Whitfield, Property and Facilities Director.
Download our policy document
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