Corporate social responsibility
Part of our vision is to use our position as recruiters and consultants to help our clients and the community that we serve by ensuring that we operate as an ethically sound and responsible organisation.
We have developed a strong environmental strategy which has helped us to reduce our carbon footprint by 40% over the last three years, by reducing our waste and emissions.
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing every developed country and at Kirkwood Consulting we believe in playing a key part in doing our bit for the environment to reduce waste in both our offices, we have removed all individual bins and we recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, toners and electrical equipment.
Reducing our direct greenhouse gas emissions
To reduce our direct greenhouse gas emissions, we have introduced lighting controls to reduce our energy consumption.
We have also promoted more environmentally friendly alternatives to support our office function through better use of equipment, reducing consumables, promoting recycled products and promoting the principles of a paperless office.
Modern slavery and human trafficking
Kirkwood Consulting has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, trafficking or forced labour in any part of our business and we are committed to acting ethically with integrity and decency in our business dealings and relationships.
As an organisation we take steps to monitor, implement and review effective systems and controls that we have in place to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business or in our supply chain.
- Today, the number of people enslaved worldwide is estimated to be anywhere between 21 and 36 million, 26% of which are children under the age of 18.
- Almost 50% of modern slaves are enslaved in India, with China and Pakistan holding second and third place.
- A common misconception is that slave labour and human trafficking is primarily limited to the sex industry, but as many as 78% of slaves worldwide are victims of forced labour in industries that are not related to sex so we must ensure that this violation of an individuals fundamental human right is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain.
Where appropriate, we positively discriminate in favour of suppliers holding the ISO 14001 environmental accreditation. This standard improves the sustainability of the manufacturing processes carried out by our suppliers.
When purchasing office furniture we source materials manufactured using raw materials from sustainable sources by FSC accredited suppliers.
Reviewing our health and safety policy
Communicating our policy and health & safety guidelines is key to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees. A copy of the company handbook is given to all new employees and the most recent version is available in the company policies and procedures folder. The handbook details best practice for a safe working environment through our health & safety manual. Regular risk assessments are carried out to review and improve working conditions for all our employees.
Giving our people the opportunity to take a twelve-week sabbatical after five years of employment gives each employee the choice to take a welcomed career break with the knowledge that they will be returning to a secure role. Making flexible working available to all employees for the accommodation of family commitments is key to the foundations and principles of the business as well as providing a childcare scheme, which is important to the wellbeing of all employees.
Through various fundraising initiatives including Dress-down Friday, Black Tie dinner events and employees running for their chosen charities we have raised over £5,000 to date.
Giving in kind
All excess equipment is donated to local charities and Horton Kirby School, supporting our “reduce, reuse, recycle” ethos.
All our employees are entitled to “three days a year to make a difference”. This ensures that everyone in the company, should they wish to, has the opportunity to volunteer their time and expertise to company and personal backed projects.
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