PROCUREMENT HEADS BLOG

Procurement Heads team on their recent beach clean

Doing the right thing

One of my key visions, when I founded Procurement Heads in 2012, was that we should always strive to do the right thing.

Doing the right thing doesn’t have to be hard, but sometimes knowing what ‘doing the right thing’ means is.

Of course, we always want to do the right thing for our candidates and the organisations we partner with.

We have made a commitment to champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – things we see as crucial elements of the future of recruitment – and have signed the Race Fairness Commitment Pledge which ensures fairness at work for people of all ethnic backgrounds and the Change the Race Ratio.

And, as we strongly believe procurement and supply chain does – and will – continue to play a key role in sustainability, we have all signed the Sustainable Procurement Pledge and urge candidates and clients we talk to look at how the organisation is helping to drive change.

We can all do more.

Over the past six months, we’ve looked at our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and how we can work towards being more carbon-friendly as an organisation.

Relatively speaking our carbon footprint is low, but anything we can do to offset that is the right thing to do.

What is CSR?

CSR is the way in which we become socially accountable – to ourselves, our clients and candidates and the wider public.

We are conscious of the impact we have across society and want to be a positive force for good.

Why?

Because being successful in business and making a position contribution to society, should not be seen as mutually exclusive. We value authenticity.

How are we tackling CSR?

Our CSR policy is evolving.

We have a long history of supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity close to our hearts, and have raised more than £16,000 to help the organisation make sure no one faces cancer alone.

We’re the first SME business to sign a corporate partnership agreement with Macmillan and run a number of ongoing initiatives that keep donations topped up and benefit our network at the same time.

Initiatives such as our Heads Up Referral Scheme, where we donate £250 to Macmillan for every successful referral. We also receive donations in return for our CV Aid service and have run numerous fundraising events to raise much-needed funds.

As part of our drive for more awareness around sustainability, we recently undertook our first beach clean in Warsash.

From broken fishing rods to facemasks and ping-pong balls, the team got stuck in – almost literally at one point – to help rid the beach of bags-full of rubbish.

And, as 2022 rapidly approaches, we are booking our next team CSR day, where we will plant trees to offset our carbon footprint.

We always welcome ideas of how we can do more to do the right thing, so if you’ve any ideas – I’d love to hear from you!

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