Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
Astute Technical Recruitment Limited interacts with a wide variety of people, including employees, clients, candidates, suppliers, and the wider community. It is important that it behaves in a socially responsible manner, maintaina high quality standards, understands social and environmental concerns, and aims to operate in a way which adds value in everything it does.
The business values and operations must meet the expectations of Astute's stakeholders, which is why it continually reviews the way in which it operates to maximise its effectiveness. Stakeholder feedback is taken very seriously; strategies are openly communicated ensuring 'buy in' and enabling a continual commitment to sustainable development.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Policy covers the following areas;
- Equal Opportunities
- Health and Safety
- Environmental / Waste
Astute’s key asset is its employees, encompassing all departments. For this reason, it is vital to offer each member of staff a structured training and development programme to develop their career. Staff are monitored on a continual basis, identifying strengths and weaknesses, developing a programme to address key areas, and encouraging employees to gain appropriate industry related qualifications with financial assistance from the company.
It is important to build an enjoyable working environment which includes the opportunity for working flexible hours around a set of core hours. Fresh fruit is provided on a weekly basis. There is a committee that regularly meets to organise various social events throughout the year whilst remaining mindful of a variety of interests. Employees also have the opportunity to join the company football team which plays every Wednesday after work. Employees are rewarded for playing a part in the growth and ultimate success of the company whilst maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
Astute is keen to work closely with the local community to add value and be involved in a number of initiatives and fund raising events for various charities including MacMillan, Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the local Christmas Gift Bank. This is achieved by way of themed days, dress down days and cake sales.
Astute is an Equal Opportunities employer, which supports the principles of the Equal Opportunities Act 1976, and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. All candidates seeking employment do so on an equal standing. No candidate will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental status, political belief, social or economic class or any other reason which Astute deems unjustifiable.
Health and Safety
Astute enforces a Health and Safety Policy that carefully manages risk; employees are consulted on any issues that may affect their welfare. Furthermore a number of employees are first aid trained to further implement and maintain a safe office environment. All electrical equipment is routinely PAT tested. Employees understand the need to work in a safe manner to help prevent accidents and maintain healthy working conditions.
Environmental / Waste
Astute is committed to operating in an environmentally friendly manner, in accordance with sound environmental practices.
In order to achieve these goals, Astute looks to minimise its consumption of natural resources and energy, whilst consuming material goods in moderation. The creation of waste is reduced by the adoption of improved operating practices, such as running a virtually paperless office, submitting invoices electronically, and asking candidates to submit their CVs in electronic format. If waste is created then it's recycled, where possible, and Astute have a range of recycling bins for various materials, including laser cartridges, cans, paper and plastics.
All waste is disposed of in a safe and responsible manner. Astute keeps up to date with environmental legislation, helping to understand its impact on the environment and where relevant, develop new processes. Astute’s staff are trained and educated on key environmental factors in the context of the business environment.
This policy is particularly relevant and important to Astute as it works with a number of organisations within Environmental, Power Generation, Renewables and Waste.
Astute appreciates the need to operate in an energy efficient manner, especially as it works closely with a number of companies within Power Generation and Renewables. Energy consumption is reduced in a variety of ways, including turning down the water heating setting, turning off lights when not in use and unplugging mobile phones as soon as they have finished charging.
A number of Astute’s employees share lifts to and from work, and staff share lifts when travelling to client visits. Astute also offer a ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme to promote a healthier journey to work and reduce environmental pollution. Staff are actively encouraged to endorse energy efficient practices out of work, such as using energy efficient light bulbs in the home.