Corporate Social Responsibility

Values Based Leadership’s corporate social responsibility is based on a commitment to sustainability. We aim to protect the environment, minimise the waste of renewable and non-renewable resources and reduce energy consumption as part of a continuous improvement programme. We also value our responsibility to the local economy and society, and strive to use local resources and services as far as possible.

Throughout our practices, Values Based Leadership will endeavour to comply with environmental legislation and minimise any adverse impact on the air, water and land by means of pollution prevention and energy and water conservation. In this way, cost savings, increased operational efficiency and improved quality of products and services will be achieved with the added benefit of maintaining a safe environment for the community as a whole and a healthy workplace for our employees.

Giving
Values Based Leadership has made a monthly donation to World Vision for the past five years. Our Directors are committed to helping fight poverty in developing countries. By sponsoring a child in Zambia we make a difference to his and his family’s quality of life thereby battling poverty one child at a time.

In 2008, Directors John & Karen visited Namatumba – a town of similar size to Ross-on-Wye in rural Uganda. They were there as part of the long term relationship that local school John Kyrle High School has with Kisiki College in Namatumba. Values Based Leadership have committed to sending a percentage of net profit to the programme in Namatumba to buy mosquito nets for local people. Malaria kills a child in Uganda every four minutes. A simple mosquito net costing less than £5 can save the life of a child under the age of five.

Supporting
Our offices are based in Ross-on-Wye, a small town in Herefordshire, England. The Local Council have created a “support your local businesses scheme” that we encourage and actively support. We source our office products and stationary from a local stationary company, and always use the local delicatessen for all our catering when clients and associates are in the office for working lunches.

Our Director of Coaching is the Chair of Governors of the local high school in Ross-on-Wye. This role is voluntary and Karen has held this position for the past ten years. Her role includes developing the strategic direction of the school, liaising with local authority, monitoring and evaluating the management of day-to-day decisions and interfacing with the parents of the 1,300 pupils. Since becoming Chair of Governors, the High School has achieved 'outstanding' status in Ofsted inspections. Karen also holds the position of Vice Chair to the Herefordshire Association of Governors.

Helping
Since 2009, Values Based Leadership have provided apprenticeships to school leavers in order to help them improve their practical skills and to give them an insight into working in a business environment. We aim to build their confidence when liaising with clients and to provide them with the skills to manage day-to-day financial and administrative roles.

Values Based Leadership also provides an annual summer intern programme for Accounting & Finance University undergraduates. These students are given specific tasks and projects to complete in conjunction with all operational aspects of our business, from Finance and Office Administration to Sales and Marketing. They can then utilise their newly learnt skills back on their university programme and later apply this knowledge in their chosen career.

Corresponding
When corresponding with clients and associates, we use emails and telephone. We try to print as little as possible and have turned all of our brochures and newsletters into digital copies. We make use of Outlook and our CRM tool Act! to send information out quickly and without the need to print hard copies. Additionally all our programme content, where applicable, is provided on memory sticks to all programme delegates thereby eliminating the need to provide hard copy material.

Commuting
All Values Based Leadership Directors, Associates and staff use the national rail service when travelling long distance in order to cut down on our carbon emissions. We also endeavour to reduce business and commuter travel by setting multiple meetings on the same day within outlying areas. We also frequently choose to conduct face-to-face meetings and coaching sessions via Skype in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint whilst still maintaining an element of personal contact.

Recycling
All our employees make every effort to minimise the amount of packaging we consume and use recycled paper wherever possible. We recycle all printer cartridges, cardboard, metal, plastic, glass and electronic equipment and all office printers and computers are WEEE (Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment) compliant.