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Our people want to make a difference in their own communities. We support and encourage this in a number of ways. We work with Business In The Community, the Charities Aid Foundation and our charitable partners to support our corporate responsibility strategy. At a local level we have a network of Corporate Responsibility Ambassadors who inspire and encourage charitable activities in their offices.
As part of our Inspiring Futures programme, we have developed partnerships with organisations that prepare people to take the next steps in their academic or professional careers.
Our Start Up Plus programme with the School for Social Entrepreneurs supports those whose have started businesses that create positive social or environmental impact, who work in disadvantaged areas or with people in need.
We also partner with Skills Builder who work to ensure young people build essential skills, experiences and aspirations to succeed. They give students the opportunity to experience the world of work through visits to businesses across the UK.
Many of our offices have built partnerships with charities working in their local communities. Our colleagues offer practical help, as well as support through fundraising, volunteering and skills-sharing.
We want our employees to support the charities that mean a lot to them, so we enable them to give regularly and easily through matched payroll giving. This has earned us the Platinum Payroll Giving Quality Mark from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
We also get behind our employees and their own fundraising activities by providing fundraising matching - for anything from cake bakes to bike rides or parachute jumps.
Small grants programme
We invite our employees to nominate local charities that they are personally involved with for a small grant. This enables us to donate money to specific causes that we know are important to our people and their communities.
Every employee is entitled to one day a year to volunteer for a good cause as an individual or as part of a team. We offer volunteering opportunities so that employees can make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.