The Board has overall responsibility for corporate social responsibility within the Company. Developments and initiatives are led by the Chief Executive with the support of senior management.
Commitment to corporate social responsibility is increasingly important to attract and retain employees, customers, suppliers and investors. It helps to strengthen relationships through engagement and has the ability to reflect a company’s character and culture in a way that financial results alone cannot. We have made some real progress to our corporate social responsibilities within the last few years and we continue to look for ways to put this in to practice globally.
It is our vision to have ‘the best and most engaged people’.
At GBG, we understand the link between high employee engagement and results. We aim to provide our employees with an engaging and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to learn and develop. We communicate with our employees on a regular basis keeping them informed of business performance. We use multiple channels and a variety of media to communicate with employees across the globe. This is achieved through regular video updates from the CEO, bi-annual workshop style events at all of our locations and the sharing of good news stories and business wins on a weekly basis.
Every month at least one senior member of the GBG team will visit our international sites and some members of the Executive Team are spending at least one week overseas each month.
The Group undertakes twice yearly engagement surveys (Q12) and takes account of any comments and feedback provided by employees in the formulation of its policies and procedures.
Business ethics and integrity
We promote a culture of honesty, integrity and respect and our employees are expected to operate in an ethical manner and in both their internal and external dealings. We do not tolerate behavior which goes against this or which could result in reputational damage to the business.
We are committed to achieving and maintaining high standards with regard to behaviour at work and in all our working practices. Employees are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, impartiality and honesty. We seek to develop a culture where inappropriate behaviour at all levels is challenged. To achieve this the Company encourages the reporting of genuine concerns about malpractice, illegal acts or failures to comply with recognised standards of work without fear of reprisal or victimisation.
Anti-bribery and corruption
It is our policy to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner. We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships wherever we operate and implementing and enforcing effective systems to counter bribery.
We operate a policy which encourages staff to raise concerns and provide clear reporting lines for instances of fraud, bribery, bullying, unfair or unethical treatment, unsafe working practices.
We continue to invest in improving the working environment for our employees, creating innovative spaces which inspire staff to both collaborate with colleagues more readily and increase personal efficiency. We listen to our employees and the Group has a flexible working policy which allows staff to make requests for flexible working to accommodate those with families and other needs or commitments outside of work, we also encourage staff to work from home where possible.
The employment policies and procedures of the Group for recruitment, training and career development promote equality of opportunity regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, race, religion or other beliefs and ethnic or national origin. The aim is to encourage a culture in which all employees have the opportunity to develop as fully as possible in accordance with their individual abilities and the needs of the Group. The Group ensures that every consideration is given to applications for employment from disabled persons. Should an employee become disabled, every effort would be taken to offer suitable alternative employment within the Group and assistance with retraining.
Community and charity
We continue to support charitable and community based causes. In 2015 our charity of choice was Alder Hey Children’s Charity and our biggest fundraising event was the GBG Challenge event that took place in June 2015.
SAYE share option scheme
All employees are given the opportunity to share in the Group's performance through its Save-As-You-Earn (SAYE)share option scheme. The scheme offers staff the option to apply to save up to £250 (or foreign currency equivalent) per month for a period of three or five years and to purchase shares at a discounted rate (except in territories where offering shares at discount is prohibited) at the end of the scheme. We had a fantastic response to the scheme in 2015.
The Company has an environmental policy which states that it will comply with all relevant environmental legislation, establish and review environmental objectives (based on this policy), reduce its waste production wherever feasible, reduce consumption of energy within its office environment and minimise the use of natural resources where possible.
In order to meet these objectives we make sure that we actively promote the recycling of ink cartridges, cardboard, paper and plastic by providing recycling points in each of our office locations. We also monitor our electricity, gas and water consumption.
Health and safety and accidents
We aim to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions for all our employees, and to provide such information, training and supervision as they need for this purpose. We also accept our responsibility for the health and safety of other people who may be affected by our activities.
Our H&S committee meets twice a year to discuss any incidents of note, sharing best practice initiatives and making plans for improvements. All accidents and near misses, whether they result in absence from work or not, are reported with remedial action identified and implemented to prevent reoccurrences. There have been no reportable accidents within the last year, only minor incidents.
We are pleased to have recently engaged Ellis Whittam, the Health and Safety consultant to provide annual audits at all of our UK offices and guide us on all Health and Safety matters.