Within our social responsibility program, we aim to cover as many aspects as possible to create a positive impact on society and the environment, these include charitable work, education, working to help foster an entrepreneurial spirit within young people and encouraging all of our staff to consider environmentally friendly and sustainable working conditions.
The focus for the business is within three areas:
Many of our directors and staff actively support local charities, often volunteering in an advisory capacity or helping with fundraising initiatives. One of our charity partners as a business is Help Harry Help Others and we run a number of fund raising events and awareness programs throughout the year.
Our education and young people’s program leads staff to be involved with a number of the regions schools & colleges, running lectures and mentoring students interested in a wide range of business careers. In addition to this our KickStart program encourages entrepreneurial endeavours amongst 18- 25 year olds providing some of these young people with substantial assistance in realising their dreams of running their own business.
We understand that every business has an important role to play in preserving and protecting the environment. We are committed to pursuing our business activities with integrity, always behaving ethically, and ensuring we protect the environment and engage in positive ways with our local communities.
In the community
We play an active part within our communities by maintaining a local office presence, when the industry standard model is to centralise into the cities, it has a demonstrable effect on developing the local economies. We employ local people who live within the communities they serve as they understand the issues that the clients are facing. As well as the environmental impact this has with shorter commutes, it allows us to build relationships within these communities and this has helped our success and development as a business.
We actively look to recruit young people and school leavers via business administration apprenticeships, training them to have the key core skills to work within an office environment, then those who have the ability and desire are able to move on to more specialised roles within the business and where appropriate to study AAT and further accountancy qualifications.
Four years ago, we launched a young entrepreneurs awards program designed specifically to find the next generation of business owners. The competition is aimed at young people aged 18-25 who have a desire to start their own business but need a KickStart to get them going. The award is targeted towards start-ups and not businesses that have already become successful. The winner receives a ￡10,000 grant and ￡10,000 of advice, mentoring and support. The two runners up receive ￡5,000 in advice mentoring and support, all paid for and provided solely by Baldwins. We have committed to a 10 year run for the award program and as well as our finalists, we have built a program to offer initial start-up advice to all who enter the awards.
We have a number of charities that we support as a business throughout the year. However, the decision to partner with Help Harry Help Others was an easy decision for us to make. Harry Mosley naturally had exactly what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur; he had the ambition, passion and the determination to make a difference and he didn’t let his illness stand in the way of what he wanted to achieve. These personality traits are some of the key elements of what makes a great entrepreneur and through our award program KickStart and our partnership with Help Harry Help Others we have been inspired to help make a difference to those who want to turn their ambition into reality.
Being a professional service the environmental impact is of a minimum, however we still work towards minimising the impact that we do have on the Environment. As a growing business, we regularly review our impact and look to develop ways to be able to implement new schemes within the business.
- Where possible we always buy from local suppliers near to each office which reduces the amount of travel for the item and also supports the local economy.
- We have implemented a ‘RRR’ scheme allowing us to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
- Turn off when not in use policy
The relationship we have with our employees is of the utter most importance to us as a business, along with attracting and retaining the right people who will deliver the level of service that our clients have become accustomed to, this is key to our success.
We offer training and development opportunities to all employees. In nurturing talent from all backgrounds, this helps us to grow our own and bring out the best in people. We have a number of people within the business that have developed during their time with the business, find out more about their journeys in our Careers section.