To promote our ethical values, we actively encourage and support community involvement. We are dedicated to making a real difference to the communities in which we operate across the Group. We also respect and value the things that make our people individuals and we are committed to creating a culture of inclusion. Our teams regularly engage in volunteering and fundraising. In return, we support our people by providing time off and support to facilitate work in the community.
Throughout 2019/20. we will be supporting local worthwhile community projects, as voted for by our staff members. Keep an eye on the news section to see what we’ve been up to.
We are committed to creating a positive impact on the environment and reducing any negative impact. With this in mind, we’ll carry out an ESOS certified audit across our office locations to identify energy reductions. By December 2019, we’re eradicating the use of non-recyclable cups at head office (home to 250+ employees). In 2019-20, we committed to ensure our marketing material is 100% recyclable. At the same time, reduce the number of printed literature distributed to stakeholders.
We are conscious of our broader environmental responsibilities and are taking positive steps towards environmental good practice. We are focused on improving our energy efficiency, reducing packaging, managing our waste responsibly and reducing our carbon emissions. For example, as a distributor of video conferencing (VC) equipment, we have utilised this technology across our Group by installing VC capabilities in each meeting space, which has meant colleagues have reduced the need to travel for meetings.
Our activities do not stop there. In addition to ensuring we make the best use of our own technology, we also have a number of initiatives taking place across the globe further enhancing our ‘sustainability for the future’ mentality.
We operate an in-house Charity Committee consisting of 20 employees, whose purpose is to raise awareness and funds for our chosen charities and employee members are proud to choose a local charity to support every two years. In 2017/2018, our UK employees chose to support a local charity called Nelson’s Journey. This charity supports children and young people, living in Norfolk (UK), who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life, helping them to move forward positively. Over the two-year period, staff have raised donations through an enjoyable series of fundraising events, ranging from sporting events, silent auctions, quiz nights, community raffles and cake baking through to more daring events such as sky diving. For the 2017–18 years, staff based at our head office raised an impressive £45,834 for Nelson’s Journey. Our new chosen charity for 2019/20 is the mental health charity, Mind.
Whilst we support various charities, In 2019-20, our employees and charity committee are committed to raising between £40,000 to £50,000 for our chosen charity, Mind.
Throughout 2019-20, we’ll give employees the opportunity to volunteer their time, during working hours to take part in worthwhile community initiatives.
The nature of our business, as a value adding distributor, means expertise and people skills are at the core of what we do and how we maintain our competitive advantage. Having a people-oriented ethos, where team work and commitment are recognised, is central to the success of our strategy. We are committed to developing and supporting our staff across all Group companies and we pride ourselves on our home-grown talent, with a significant number of our senior managers having built their careers from within the Group.
Midwich recognises wellbeing and mental health as paramount to a happy working environment and we back this up with an extensive package of staff benefits and professional support services. In 2018, we strengthened our support offering by training some of our employees as mental health first aiders. We are now better positioned to provide initial support to a colleague who may be experiencing a mental health issue and guide them towards appropriate treatment and other sources of help.
We will continually improve our benefits offering to ensure we outperform our industry peers.
Talent is not just about leaders. Talent is committing to our business and exceling in your field. All Midwich staff will have access to the training that they need...And more of it.
Committed to fairness, inclusion and diversity. We are focused on closing the gap via the right methods rather than through positive discrimination.
Health and Wellbeing is important for everyone. We will continue to support you with this by running some wellbeing events throughout the year.
We want to continue with our Midwich social life. End of quarter drinks will run throughout 2019 and we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Watch this space for further calendar events.