Corporate Social Responsibility Statement
Inspire People endeavours to conduct its business in a professional and highly ethical manner at all times and comply fully with all applicable laws and regulations. We are a member of REC and comply with its/their code(s) of good recruitment practice in all our business dealings. We take our responsibilities to our staff, clients, candidates, the environment and the communities that we serve very seriously and uphold the highest standards in the following areas:
People, Human Rights & Equality
Inspire People respects and supports the protection of international human rights. We ensure that our activities do not directly or indirectly violate human rights in any country (e.g. forced labour) and we support the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) programme to eliminate child labour throughout the world. We publish an annual statement (in full compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015) which sets out the steps we have taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in our business or supply chains.
Our company is a committed equal opportunities employer and we have policies and procedures in place at all stages of the recruitment cycle (for both staff and candidates) which prevent discrimination against anyone on the grounds of the nine protected characteristics established by the Equality Act 2010, namely:
• gender reassignment
• marriage and civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation
We train and develop our staff to the highest industry standards to ensure that the clients, candidates and communities that we deal with receive a dedicated and professional service at all times.
In all our dealings, we take steps to ensure that the health and safety of our employees, clients, candidates and the communities that we serve are never put at risk.
Protecting the Environment
Although Inspire People does not manufacture any goods or products which cause pollution, we take our responsibilities for protecting the environment very seriously. We comply fully with all environment legislation, regulations and approved codes of practice and undertake the following activities to minimise our environmental impacts and emissions:
Paper & Printing
• We purchase recycled office paper.
• We distribute all documents via email and actively encourage all staff to view documents on screen, rather than printing off paper copies.
• All printers are set to print on both sides of the paper.
• All office memos are distributed via email.
• All company policies and documents are stored on the company’s shared drive.
• We have reduced the margin settings on all documents so that our printers use less paper.
• With the exception of candidate interview information pack, we actively try to send all letters and documentation via email, rather than printing them out and sending them by post.
• We recycle all used office paper, cardboard and magazines.
• We use the Tracker-RMS CRM system which has a range of automated systems that allow us to conduct all contractor and customer transactions online, including e-invoicing, orders and delivery, etc. to reduce paper usage.
• We avoid all usage of paper and plastic cups by only using mugs and glasses in our office(s).
• All our offices are located close to public transport facilities to encourage car-free commuting.
• We conduct a lot of business meetings and interviews via conference calls and video conferencing, which greatly reduces the amount of vehicle travel undertaken by our staff, customers and the individuals we represent.
• We offer employees the option of remote working where appropriate when their work can be done at home.
• All screen savers are set to ‘none’ or ’blank screen’ and our IT department ensures that all computers are set to go to sleep when not in use, as energy is conserved only when monitors go dark in standby mode.
• We donate all old company computers, printers, mobile phones and other equipment to charities or return them back to their manufacturers for recycling.
• All toner cartridges are recycled.
• All office thermostats are regularly adjusted so the heat or air conditioning comes on less, and turns off at night.
• We prioritise buying or replacing equipment and appliances with their higher energy rating alternatives (the higher the rating, the more energy efficient the product is and the lower the energy use will be).
Supporting our Local Community
As part of our commitment to helping the local community in which we are based, Inspire People undertakes the following initiatives:
• We buy supplies locally and use local traders, wherever possible.
• We have a strong preference for employing staff who are locally based, as they tend to be more reliable and have less distance to travel to work.
• We regularly donate toys and clothing to for children at the local women’s refuge
• Our staff work as volunteers on the following schemes to help local people:
- Oasis Charity.
- Maidstone Hospital Radio.
Every year we hold activities to raise funds for local as well as national charities. Fund raising activities include sponsoring golf days and participating in cycle events to raise money for Oasis, Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation.