The IPO’s CSR strategy confirms our commitment to being responsible and sustainable while taking into account ethical and economic considerations. Our work on CSR continues to be part of the culture for the organisation.
The different aspects of CSR:
We aim to make a positive social, environmental and economic contribution to the local community.
We are committed to ensuring the physical and psychological wellbeing of our people.
We are dedicated to sustainable development, to reduce the effect on the environment from our operations. We tackle these impacts through an environmental management system by meeting the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001.
Through our procurement policies, we aim to treat suppliers fairly and support our community by sourcing local suppliers when appropriate.
IPO encourage our staff to contribute to the community and take part in local initiatives.We contribute by creating opportunities and giving staff up to 6 days a year special leave to carry out volunteering activities and 15 days paid special leave a year for Volunteer Reservists training. We also provide paid leave for voluntary public service, including local government duties; school governor duties; jury service; being a magistrate and being a witness in court.
We try to create opportunities for staff to be involved in events that will enhance their development by placing them in projects outside their usual field of expertise. As well as personal development, it also offers great team building opportunities. In the past year, team building activities we have arranged have included decorating and gardening for local schools, litter picks and beach cleans.
Staff are also encouraged to source their own opportunities where appropriate; provided the volunteering benefits the community in some way, the world is your oyster!
We have established relationships with a number of local organisations and provide support for them on a regular basis. This includes a local food bank, a sheltered housing complex, charities that help young people with employment, training, education, homeless charities, an animal sanctuary, a dog’s home and a variety of organisations who provide ecological based opportunities to help look after our planet. We have even had staff undertaking a water vole survey at a local Wildlife Trust!
IPO provide several local primary schools with ‘reading and numbers’ volunteers in addition to supporting students with mock interviews. As part of our Business Class programme we support a local comprehensive school. In recent years we have hosted a Global Conference event to help support students in their Welsh Baccalaureate studies. Other successful events have seen our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassadors run a ‘Girls into Science’ event, which gave a group of students insight into the type of careers they can follow in the STEM area. The Ambassadors also organised a ‘Green Power Challenge’, where young people use STEM subjects in a unique challenge to design, build and race an electric car.