Corporate social responsibility
B P Collins places considerable importance on supporting and strengthening local communities. We also recognise the impact we have on these areas, as well as the responsibility we have to operate in a manner which protects the environment.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility programme aims to address the following areas:
Charitable giving and fundraising
B P Collins LLP has partnered with Buckinghamshire’s Community Foundation Heart of Bucks (HoB) to help manage its charitable activities since 2015.
HoB's vision is to bring positive changes locally and to see communities thriving and challenging disadvantage across the county. Its mission is to encourage local giving and philanthropy by informing, inspiring and involving its donors and supporters to make a lasting difference. As the leading independent grant-maker in Buckinghamshire, the range of needs addressed by HoB funding is incomparable.
B P Collins' £10,000 charity fund is opening once again
The nominations for B P Collins’ charity fund are opening once again on 30 July 2018, via the firm’s stewardship with Heart of Bucks. The fund supports local charities and projects that are aimed at delivering positive social impact and improving lives.
The awards are centred on meeting three objectives which fit in with the firm’s CSR values: building stronger communities, providing better futures and helping create safer lives. As long as the organisation nominated fits one of these themes, there are no restrictions on what the award can be used towards; it may be for general costs, purchasing equipment or to support a community project. The awards will range from £500 to £3,500 and nominations are open until 31 August 2018.
Nominations for the charity funding are open throughout August, before a shortlist will be decided. Those shortlisted will be guaranteed to receive a financial award. They will be invited to give a short presentation to staff at B P Collins in Gerrards Cross, who will vote for the charities in order of preference.
Simon Deans, B P Collins’ senior partner and Heart of Bucks trustee, said:
“The stewardship with Heart of Bucks has funded many causes which don’t always grab the headlines but make such a vital and - at times - life-saving contribution to the local community. Our law firm is passionate about helping those in need in Bucks and opening the fund to nominations is a tangible way of doing that.”
Peter Costello, chief executive of Heart of Bucks, added:
“It’s great to be working in partnership with B P Collins in supporting local charities and community groups who are working tirelessly to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Buckinghamshire. Having spoken to those who were awarded funding previously, there was a real appreciation for the opportunity to be working so closely with a business like B P Collins and to showcase how their organisation makes a real difference locally.”
In addition to our stewardship fund, we continue to support a limited number of national fundraising and activity-based events, such as Red Nose Day, Children in Need and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The firm sponsors a limited number of events in and around Buckinghamshire each year, helping to strengthen and build relationships within the community.
We are a founder-sponsor of the Bucks Sporting Lunch Club, the business network raising money for SportsAid (the national charity for sport), which provides financial support for local aspiring Olympians and Paralympians in their chosen sport.
Environment and Climate
B P Collins is committed towards protecting the environment for future generations. We have established an Environmental Committee to inform, monitor, recommend and implement changes in behaviour and working practices in order to minimise our impact on the environment.
We have identified our most significant environmental impact as the use of resources and production of waste in our offices. We are committed to managing and minimising our impacts and are currently liaising with the Carbon Neutral Society to explore further ways of reducing our emissions at the source.
Environment Policy Statement
- Complying with relevant legislation and regulations in relation to the environment, as it affects our industry
- Minimising energy consumption in our offices
- Minimising waste through the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle"
- Minimising the use of transport by encouraging video-conferencing rather than face-to-face meetings, car-pooling and a cycle to work scheme
- Informing and educating our staff on environmentally-friendly working practices
- Sourcing fair trade food and drink where possible
People and Diversity
B P Collins is committed to promoting a fair working environment in which all are treated equally regardless of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital status, disability or age.