The partners and senior management of the Haines Watts Group recognise the importance of approaching their responsibilities for corporate social responsibility in a co-ordinated and committed fashion.
Consultation with partners and employees has allowed us to develop a corporate social responsibility programme. Each of the partners has committed to bring this combined corporate social responsibility statement to the attention of all members of staff through local communication channels and via our national communication network.
In addition, it has been agreed that this policy will be reviewed and measured annually to ensure that our commitment to environmental responsibility, the community, and our ethical policy are as up-to-date and forward thinking as possible.
Our Work in the Community
We understand that local businesses and communities are closely linked and that we can have a significant impact on communities as a whole. The Haines Watts Group plays an active role in contributing to these communities both through direct financial support and through the support of our partners and staff who take part in activities organised both by the firm and by themselves. Our partners and staff are involved in regional Chambers of Commerce, local council initiatives and other business group activities. We also provide work placements for local students and support for educational establishments.
The firm supports a number of national and local charities with both time and money. The firm supports payroll giving and many of the partners provide time and advice free of charge to local groups and organisations.
Our objective is to encourage our partners, management and staff to play a significant part in the development of local communities.
Our Environmental Policy
We recognise our impact on the environment comes from:
- Electricity to heat, cool and power office equipment.
- Gas for heating
- Travel by air, road and rail to visit clients and conduct internal meetings.
- Water in offices used for a variety of purposes.
- Resources such as paper.
- Waste including paper, plastic and consumable I.T. equipment.
- Evaluate future energy usage to see how we can use low energy systems.
- Avoid unnecessary travel on business by the use of video conferencing and telephone communication where possible.
- Use the most environmentally friendly mode of transport, where necessary, consistent with business needs.
- Reduce overall the resources we use.
- Aim for a paper-free office culture.
- Further reduce our letters and correspondence, where alternative electronic mechanisms can be used
- Further reduce our hard copy marketing.
- Use either recycled or FSC paper for all hard copy correspondence, wherever possible.
- Consider environmental criteria when choosing services and goods.
- Fundamentally we will reduce our impact on the environment and ask that our staff, suppliers and clients do likewise.
Our Ethical Policy
Accordingly, Haines Watts Group will not support or work with organisations which fail to uphold basic human rights within their influence, which are involved in the manufacture or transfer to an oppressive regime, or are involved in the manufacture of equipment used in the violation of human rights. Neither will the Haines Watts Group support or work with organisations which are involved in the funding or carrying out of terrorist activities.
In addition, the Haines Watts Group will not provide support or work with organisations which do not conform to the most widely accepted standards for minimum labour rights or which do not cover the use of under-age or forced labour.
We will not tolerate discrimination, bullying or any other kind of harassment within our business community. The concept of ’mutual respect’ will be one of our guiding principles. Employees are expected to abide by company rules and to be honest and considerate in their various roles.
Internal procedures have been established to report grievances or suspected inappropriate behaviour to other individuals or organisations. Equally the company will treat dishonest actions and accusations seriously; this may result in disciplinary action in accordance with company rules and disciplinary procedures.