Corporate social responsibility (CSR) runs through the core of our business. It is something we have historically included as an everyday part of our working life.
We also take care to align our social responsibility with our business practices. We make every effort in ensuring that all aspects of our workplace are inclusive, from career opportunities to workforce best practice. We are also passionate about helping the community we work in by supporting local schools and sports clubs.
We are delighted to have been awarded ‘gold’ in the Corporate Social Responsibility Accreditation scheme.
This accreditation recognises efforts by the firm in four pillars: Environmental, Community, Workplace and Philanthropic.
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 CSR programme aims to address the following areas:
- Charitable giving and fundraising
- Sponsorship programme
- Environment and climate
- People and diversity
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.
We are delighted to be sponsors of the Thame Hedgehog Highways Project that is organised by 21st Centrury Thame. Thame is a haven for hedgehogs but they need more space to roam, more water in the summer heat and more protective areas to sleep, hibernate and rear their young. You can get involved in helping our hedgehogs by opening up your garden and providing what they need to survive. Find out more about what you can do.
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.
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. Now in its eighth year, the B P Collins’ stewardship fund has donated almost £90,000 to Buckinghamshire charities.
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.
2023 – 2024 Fund
B P Collins has donated £10,000 in 2023 – to local causes in Buckinghamshire through its Heart of Bucks’ stewardship fund. All staff at B P Collins were asked to choose ten charities and organisations that best reflect the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) values, which are – building stronger communities, providing better futures and creating safer lives. The organisations are:
Wycombe Women’s Aid, Wycombe Homeless Connection, Pace, Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) and Lindengate.
In addition to our stewardship fund, we continue to support a number of national fundraising and activity-based events, such as Red Nose Day, Children in Need and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The firm sponsors a number of events in and around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire each year, helping to strengthen and build relationships within the community.
The firm is also proud to support local schools including Beaconsfield High School, John Hampden Primary School, Lord Williams School Thame, Chalfont St Peter Infant School and Seer Green CoE through donations and sponsorship of events.
We also sponsor local communities, clubs and events such as the Penn & TG Football Club, Hazelmere Air Cadet Squadron, Beaconsfield Rugby Club, GX Bowls Club, Thame Carnival, as well as Gerrards Cross Fun Run and Christmas Fair.
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.