Doing the Right Thing
Maya Angelou put it way better than we can:
“You don’t have to think about doing the right thing. If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking”.
Well, we are for the right thing and we do want to make the world a better place. This runs through everything we do, not just how we do business but through our Environment, our Community, and our Workplace.
We genuinely recognise the social and economic importance of protecting the environment.
We respond to the climate emergency by continuously looking for ways to minimise our environmental impact to help protect our planet for future generations.
On an individual basis, we believe every little counts. Everything from sourcing the tea bags we use in the office to managing our travel, from switching the lights off to never (well, very rarely) printing anything – every small step makes a difference. But we need to do more.
We understand that everything we do has an impact. This helps to inform our decisions, to redesign the way we work and to rethink our policies, processes and supply chain – all for the benefit of our clients, our teams, our communities, and our spaces.
We want to be recognised as a socially and environmentally-minded provider, employer and partner of choice. Our own aspirations are reflected in the expectations we set for our clients and suppliers alike. All of us must act responsibly.
We looked long and hard for an amazing charity to work with. There are so many great causes but felt that The Big Kid Foundation really ‘clicked’ with us.
We want to work with them to help more young people. We have an employee taskforce looking at ways to access more funding, to increase their profile and to offer any other useful professional support we can. Their website is full of inspirational stories: www.bigkidfoundation.org
Alongside flexible and hybrid working, plus the ever popular cycle to work scheme, we recognise the growing importance around mental health for individual 4OCers, as well as physical health.
Our guiding principle – doing the right thing – defines us. It tests us but it makes us who we are too.
As employers, we have a responsibility to do what we can to promote personal and professional resilience. Work and life can take a toll.
We have regular social gatherings throughout the year. We share learnings and also have a bit of fun, which all helps to create a wider support network, vital in today’s hybrid working environment
In the summer months, we run a series of sporting get togethers – from basketball to rounders to pétanque. They are fun to participate in but equally amusing to simply spectate if running around is not your thing.
All 4OCers also have access to a wellbeing therapeutic service. Whether to build confidence, to manage stress, cope with big life events, gain perspective, the service is there to assist. Over half the workforce regularly use the service to relieve the stresses and strains of, frankly, life in general. The benefits from a business perspective? To be honest, we’ve never measured it, it’s just the right thing to do.
4OC Social Value Framework
In partnership with other public sector bodies, we have developed a framework to help identify the role that organisations can play in delivering or facilitating social value.
We have co-developed a set of design principles to support the delivery of Social Value. Our approach considers the financial elements of social value AND:
- Improved image and reputation
- Improved relationships in the community
- Increased social inclusion
- Increased mutual co-operation
- Ensuring employees feel productive and have purpose.
If you have any comments or questions about our responsible business activities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are all in this together. The environment, our community and our resilience are inextricably linked and have never been more important.