The Statesman CSR Programme in 2014-15
Posted at : 09/03/2015
By: Josh Gunn
It's been an exciting 12 months here at Statesman. Rapid growth and awards like making the Inc 5000 Europe list have all been great reasons to get excited and celebrate the progress we've made. There is however, something we're even prouder of amongst our offices and teams that has taken shape in the last 12 months.
Our CSR Programme
Last March saw us appoint a dedicated CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) team at our HQ in Senator House to focus on growing our charity and social programme. The group put forward a shortlist of great charities for us to get behind and charity: water was elected as our chosen cause for the year. A host of events were then lined up to raise their profile inside and out of the company as well as raising funds.
In May we held our launch – A Mad Hatters Tea Party in the office with everyone donning some pretty mad hats with our CSR and Senior management teams in full Alice in Wonderland costume. To make sure nobody missed out on seeing the team in their wonderful outfits they spent the morning serving hot chocolate and home-made cakes to all our teams at their desks for a small donation. Worthy winner Michelle Knibbs walked away with the best hat award at our city offices in Senator House with Isam El-Issa the winner at Masterfare in Victoria. Special mention goes to Head of International Sales Paul Spencer for his stunning card soldier costume.
The whole day was a huge success, proving that raising money for a good cause can also be great fun. The copious amounts of cake weren’t bad either. In total we raised £264 which will go to clean water projects in the developing world.
In June Claire Dietz attended a fundraiser evening for The Voice School, a fantastic school in Tanzania that provides a modern education to young children, particularly those who have been victimised or rejected by their communities. We contribute computer and telephone equipment to the school whenever possible so it was fantastic to learn how the children are progressing and how our equipment is improving computer literacy and skills for them.
June saw a World Cup sweepstake with half of the money raised going to charity: water. This was so popular that we needed 3 sweepstakes so that everyone could join in! Germany thrashing Brazil 1-7 was tough to watch for some, especially so for Joint-MD Mervyn Wlliamson who had drawn the hosts early on. To coincide with the sweepstake and World Cup we held a table football tournament, comfortably won by Kyriacos Paschalis and Donna Donnelly thanks to some superb long range shooting and questionable time-wasting tactics.
December saw us getting festive with a toy collection for Kids Co’s Christmas Campaign, resulting in a car full of presents delivered and gratefully received after initially making themselves at home by our tree in reception.
Friday 19th December was a chance for our teams to get creative as we held the first ever ‘Statesman Santa Style Awards’ (trademark pending). The best Christmas jumper category was eventually awarded to our special fares manager Malcolm Rose with the judges deciding that even though a full Santa costume wasn’t exactly a jumper, credit should be given where it’s due for effort!
The desk decorations however, were hotly contested. The office underwent a radical transformation on the morning of the 19th, with many teams keeping their ideas and decorations under wraps until the last minute (sorry – we needed to get at least one Xmas pun in). Despite no formal training at the North Pole our team’s efforts rivalled those of Buddy the Elf, with tinsel, lights, hanging lanterns, fake snow, ‘Santa Stop Here’ signs, wrapped up desks and even an impromptu Christmas Carol.
Three teams had to split the prizes in the end, thankfully there was more than enough wine, chocolates and mince pies to go around!
Looking forward to the next 12 months we have a new charity to appoint and lots to get cracking on but we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part, donated, dressed up and generally made 2014 our biggest year yet for giving back with a smile on our faces!
Our CSR Programme in 2015-16
Our commitment to corporate social responsibility continues to grow with the company – we are dedicated to encouraging use of our collected time, expertise and investment in three key areas; fundraising, environment and employee welfare. Here are some of our objectives for 2015:
Building on 2014’s fundraising activities and success by establishing links with other worthy local causes to which we will be able to make a recognisable difference (whilst enjoying ourselves in the process!)
Developing a new and comprehensive environmental policy with the assistance of Green Achiever
Helping our new starters feel even more welcome by implementing a workplace buddy scheme
Conducting a review of employee benefits
Remaining true to our core values, everybody is welcome to submit new ideas – however big or small – and we’re very confident that wherever possible, our efforts will add significant value whilst improving the way we work.
Publish Date: 09/03/2015 11:00