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.
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 donates £10,000 to five Bucks charities
Local Bucks charity, Aylesbury Women’s Aid ‘Helping Hands’, which helps mothers and their children who have experienced domestic violence, has received £3000 from B P Collins. The decision comes after all staff at the law firm met with each charity and voted in a new scheme launched in conjunction with Heart of Bucks, which allowed them to directly influence the amount of funding each charity should receive
The other winners were:
• Youth Concern in Aylesbury, which transforms the lives of 500 disadvantaged, vulnerable young people ever year received £2500;
• Lindengate, Wendover, which helps people with mental health problems through the power of the natural environment received £2500;
• Young Enterprise, Bucks which helps young people to develop key skills for the future received £1000
• Sea Cadets, Marlow which supports the development of young people and offers training programmes in leadership, teamwork and a range of physical activities received £1000.
The funding scheme which offered £10,000 in total, attracted over 100 applications from charities across the county and were shortlisted down to the five that best reflected B P Collins’ three corporate social responsibility values - building stronger communities, providing better futures and creating safer lives.
Simon Deans, B P Collins’ partner and Heart of Bucks trustee said:
‘We are grateful to the charities for talking to our teams about the vital work they do and the potential impact of our funding. The staff found the experience invaluable. There is only so much you can ascertain from reading about a charity online, so having the chance to talk directly to these inspiring organisations, which are making a real difference to people’s lives in Bucks, helped everyone to make an informed and impassioned decision on where B P Collins’ funding should go.’
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 who are working tirelessly to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in their community. Having recently spoken to the charities who were shortlisted, there was a real appreciation for the opportunity to be working so closely with a business that takes its CSR responsibilities so seriously.’
April Benson, from Aylesbury’s Women Aid’s ‘Helping Hands’ which scooped the top donation said:
'We are delighted to secure £3000 from B P Collins. The money will go towards our children's programme offered to primary schools that increases children's understanding of feeling safe and helps them to learn behaviours that will contribute to a safe environment. All the organisations and participants who attended the event were genuinely interested in each charity, and we feel very privileged to have won the majority of the vote.'
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.