Corporate Social Responsibility

For our business, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is about how we manage our business to produce an overall positive impact on the society within which we operate.

At Bishop Fleming, we deliver a huge range of activities, projects, events, work and fundraising opportunities. Our approach to CSR brings all of this activity into four clear areas:

Community

Community is defined as the positive impact we have as a business (and through our people) on the communities we operate in and serve.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise (YE) is our chosen firm wide charity. It is the UK's largest business and enterprise education charity, enabling over 250,000 young people to learn about business and the world of work through YE every year. Details about YE can be found on their website at www.young-enterprise.org.uk and about the Company programme here.

The programmes range from teaching primary School children about money through to the flagship Company Programme. In the latter, students set up and run their own company for a year, by designing, making and selling products and learning all the life skills that this process entails, whilst being mentored by at least one Business Adviser – a role which many of our people can undertake. Each area of YE is run by a volunteer board and many of our people sit on YE regional boards and participate in judging activities.

Not only does YE provide development opportunities for our own people, but we are also able to support many schools who are our clients with funds to take part in the programme.

At a regional level, we support a wide range of charities raising thousands of pounds through fundraising activities, sponsored events, quiz nights, golf days and much more. 

Marketplace

We view our involvement in the Marketplace as business related activities that positively impact the markets, sectors and regions we work in, the clients we serve and the supply chain we use. It is a commitment to doing business in a way that delivers and supports all our stakeholders. 

We are actively engaged with various bodies, chambers of commerce, business councils, sector trade bodies, local enterprise partnerships, BIDs, and business and science parks. In addition, many of our people occupy positions such as board roles, trustee and governance roles, council memberships and leadership positions.

Workplace

We regard the Workplace as an ongoing commitment to creating a positive and inclusive environment for our own people. We are committed to creating a working environment where every employee can fulfil their potential, where individual contributions are valued, and where people are treated with courtesy, dignity and respect. 

  • Reward – to attract and retain the best talent, our staff benefit from a comprehensive reward structure.
  • Well-being - we recently engaged all staff in a Wellbeing Week as part of an ongoing focus on their good physical, mental and emotional health (#Wellbeing@BF).
  • Personal Development – ongoing reviews, secondment opportunities, management development programmes, a ‘Bright Futures’ programme and exceptional study packages for professional qualifications. 
  • Inclusion – employee consultation through a new intranet portal, weekly MD updates, and staff forum.

Our commitment to the workplace has been recognised in our ranking of 26th in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018.

Environment

Our business is committed to protecting our Environment as a responsible company and operating as a sustainable business. We are constantly working to minimise our carbon footprint and continuously seek opportunities to reduce our energy consumption by 5% per annum. 

Since 2011, we have implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) to measure our consumption of three main environmental indicators - electricity & gas, mileage, and paper. The EMS works on the ethos of ‘what gets measured gets managed’, which helps us limit our impact on the environment, and establish opportunities to reduce unnecessary costs. 

The Future - As an organisation employing over 340 staff, we are compliant with the government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). We are continually exploring new ways to improve our sustainability including investment in new technology and other efficient processes. We aim to continue to make Bishop Fleming a sustainable business and are committed to working with our staff to achieve this.

You can read our Environmental Policy statement here.

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