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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

​​​group of gght staff in life vests in front of a riverGGHT prides itself on being an organisation who puts back as much as possible into the local community, both in our day to day duties and in our organisational practices.  

You can read more about our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) here...
 

What is CSR?

CSR describes the principle that companies can and should make a positive contribution to society. CSR is the practice of managing the social, environmental and economic impacts of the company.  

CSR is about being responsive to our Stakeholders (staff, customers, local community, partners etc.) and behaving according to a set of values which are not set by the law. In practice the term can refer to a wide range of actions such as donating to charity or reducing carbon emissions.  

At GGHT we are focu​sing on:

  • Environment – from recycling materials to reducing the carbon footprint of the organisation.
  • Community – from supporting/running local community projects to working in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of our customers.
  • Marketplace – including issues such as fair trading and corporate taxes, procurement and contractor management.
  • Workplace – focusing on the rights and well-being of our employees and ensuring we have benefits provided to them that relate to CSR.

So what do we do?


  
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​In the office:
  • Waste recycling scheme.
  • Save paper/avoid printing schemes.
  • Switch off electrical appliances advice.
  • Electric charging points at Bank Park House and Eagle Park
  • Electric pool car available for use by staff.
  • High target BREEAM rating​ for Bank Park House.
  • Car allowances and mileage rates aimed at encouraging greener forms of transport.
  • Providing 1-2-1 energy advice to most deprived and vulnerable.

On estates:
  • As part of our £105million investment programme we are working with our partners to deliver a range of projects as part of our ambition to be a leader in the area of energy efficiency.  This includes; Installation of Solar Panels (PV Photo Voltaic Panels), Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation – find out more on the energy efficiency works leaflet (pdf)
  • Regeneration of Kingsway House, works include;  introducing external insulated wall cladding along with the installation of a modern, more efficient heating system. ​
  • Regeneration of Alder Lane Flats – find out more about the Alder Green project.
  • Sustainable Code Level 3,​ energy rated new builds - find out more about new build projects.
  
​​Employee:
  • Employer-supported volunteering opportunities via Business in the Community.
  • Working with Business in the Community to provide opportunities for other businesses to engage in voluntary work on the estates that we manage.
  • Annual donation to Community Payback (Probation Service) for environmental work undertaken in our local communities.

Customers & Community:
  • Consulting with local people about changes to their areas, homes & GGHT services - find out about how you can give your views.
  • Partnership with Warrington Wolves called 'Engage Warrington' to work in and support the local community, providing after school/halt terms activities & sports on our estates - find out more about Engage Warrington.​
  • GGHT Youth Panel YVoW (Young Voices of Warrington) – partnership with Participation Through Sport we are working with a group of young people to learn more about their views and to form partnerships so young people can be involved in joint projects with GGHT - find out more about YVoW.
  • Keep Warm Keep Well - working with partners to ensure that older & vulnerable people are safe & warm in the winter - find out more about staying safe in winter.
  • Partnership with WBC Health Inequalities Team – working on a number of community based health initiatives to reduce smoking, weight loss, cancer, healthy eating etc. - find out more about what is on offer to improve your health and wellbeing.
  • Digital Inclusion – development of B.I.T.S (Bewsey IT Suite) – a free community based IT suite and promotion of local IT access and basic computer courses - find out more about B.I.T.S and getting online.
  • Supporting GGHT customers into employment with our dedicated Employment Team, offering GGHT job clubs, employment training, employment support fund, work experience and much more - find out more how we can help you into employment.​
  • GGHT Challenge4Change Project – a 6 month project supporting local families to make improvements in their lives e.g. healthy living, employment, skills.  With each family given a GGHT Mentor to help them to achieve their goals through support and signposting.
  • Community Funding Opportunities from GGHT – Heart of the Community Fund & Community Sponsorship Fund.  To help local groups/clubs to fund projects that improves or help their local community - find out more about funding from GGHT.​
  • Partnership with WBC Dog Warden, PDSA & Dogs Trust to offer free dog chipping & health checks to local people - find out more about pets and the community here.
  • Partnership with Cheshire Fire Service to reduce kitchen fires and promote healthier cooking with a chip pan amnesty, giving customers the change to trade in their old chip pans for new safer deep fat fryers or healthier (fat free) air fryers - find out more about swapping your chip pan.

  
  • ​Examining contractor environmental compliance in procurement.
  • Sourcing materials that minimise impact on environment.
  • Actively seeking out partnerships with like minded organisations with same values and ethos.
  
  • ​1 day paid leave and up to 4 weeks unpaid leave to carry out volunteering.
  • Give as you Earn (GAYE) scheme via salary sacrifice.
  • A Corporate Charity and a promise to match fund up to £250/person for fundraising towards this charity.
  • Supporting our corporate​ charity, for 2014/15 it is St Rocco's Hospice - staff are involved with fundraising activities, which have included; Dragon Boat Race, Spon​sored Motorcyle Rides, It's A Knockout, Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challange, Bake Sales, Strictly St Rocco's and much more!!