Corporate social responsibility at Companies House

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As a government organisation and a large employer, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is important to us. We take our social, economic and environmental impact very seriously.

We ran our first CSR Week in August. During the week, we highlighted our work on the 4 strands of CSR – environment, people, procurement and community.

We’re proud that colleagues from our 4 offices across the UK (Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and London) are all contributing to these strands of work.

Here’s a round-up of our CSR highlights over the last 6 months.

Donating computer equipment to Autism Puzzles Cymru

We donated 40 of our old computers to Computer Disposals Limited (CDL) earlier this year. In return, they committed to fully refurbishing and returning 25% to us to donate to the community.

We decided to donate the computers to Autism Puzzles Cymru (APC). APC is a charity which provides an outreach service for families going through an autism diagnosis. CDL generously supplied us with additional equipment which meant we donated 10 computers, monitors, keyboards and mice in total.

Thanks to this donation, APC is setting up a new IT suite. This will help the charity deliver workshops and offer facilities for families to search for information.

Companies House staff members donating equipment to Autism Puzzles Cymru

Donating jumpers to Rainbow of Hope

It was Christmas Jumper Day on 14 December. We asked staff to donate jumpers for Rainbow of Hope. Rainbow of Hope is a Cardiff-based charity which supports homeless and disadvantaged people.

We specifically collected men’s jumpers as this was identified by Rainbow of Hope as the most urgent need.

Companies House staff holding up some of the jumpers that have been donated

Volunteering all across the UK

Over 300 employee volunteering opportunities were taken up over the course of the year. This has included:

  • helping out at Animal Hope Rescue Centre
  • taking part in craft workshops at Tŷ Hafan
  • organising regeneration projects at several primary schools in south Wales and Edinburgh
  • contributing 800kg of food to Edinburgh Food Bank

We’re committed to increasing our volunteer work in 2019.

Fundraising for our local communities

We support our local communities by fundraising as well as volunteering. To date this year, we’ve raised just over £7,000. This includes raising:

  • over £1,200 for Children in Need
  • over £500 for Alzheimer’s Society
  • over £450 for Velindre Cancer Centre
  • over £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support in our Edinburgh office

Companies House employees have raised nearly £56,000 since 2012.

Reducing our environmental impact

Our environmental group has been working hard to reduce our impact on the environment. Over the last 3 months, we’ve focused on reducing single-use plastics in our staff canteen.

We’ve stopped supplying single-use coffee cups and lids. This has saved 6,000 cups per month going to landfill. Also, all our plastic cutlery and food containers are now biodegradable.

Through both these initiatives and more, we’ve reduced the amount of waste going to landfill and have saved nearly £17,000.

We regularly use our social channels to promote our CSR activity. If you’d like to know more, take a look at the #CompaniesHouseCSR hashtag.

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