As a professional organisation, we acknowledge the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the impact our business processes have on the wider environment

As well as continually striving to achieve our company CSR agenda, internally and externally, we also support our employees in their charitable endeavours, through giving their time and monetary donations.

Our comprehensive CSR guidelines offer wide-ranging support for sites to take initiatives that benefit our people and local communities. CSR is divided into four areas – Workplace, Environment, Charitable Work and Community Based – with sites developing their own CSR agenda.

“Our guidelines focus on the most important aspects of CSR and help highlight the benefits to everyone,” says Senior HR Manager Jacqui McSeveney. “An engaging CSR agenda, embedded within the organisation, brings benefits not only to iPSL but to its employees and the wider community. At iPSL we place great importance on the wellbeing of its employees,” she adds.

“These guidelines help in a number of ways, including attracting and keeping a happy workforce, improving our business reputation and saving money on energy and operating costs.”

The guidelines set out the aims of each of the four areas:

WORKPLACE: Promotes healthy jobs and workplace environments, which benefit everyone and have a positive impact on business results.

ENVIRONMENT: iPSL aims to operate with respect and concern for the environment. Initiatives include reducing energy consumption, reducing waste, fuel consumption, assessing the environmental impact of operations and reducing our carbon footprint where possible.

CHARITABLE WORK: Our 9 sites all choose their own CSR agenda. At BPH, for example, money raised in 2017 will be divided between Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Nanna and a different third charity each quarter – in quarter one it’s the Northampton MS Society.

COMMUNITY BASED: Improving the lives of local people by getting involved, building relationships, fund-raising and volunteering.

A set of guidelines to support and encourage volunteering offers new opportunities and benefits to anyone wanting to help their local community. Under these guidelines colleagues can take two paid days off every year to participate in voluntary activities, which must be matched by two days of their own time.

Jacqui was one of nine Senior Managers who went out into the community to work with teenagers from Northamptonshire’s Caroline Chisholm School, to help improve their interviewing skills. “We held mock interviews with 15 and 16 year-olds and were very impressed with the calibre of the young people we worked with,” she says. “We received some great feedback about the success of the day so will definitely be looking to make this an annual event.”

To find out more about our approach to CSR, please download our CSR policy.