we take our corporate and social responsibility seriously
An important part of our company philosophy is that each of our employees feels individually responsible for making a positive contribution towards the environment, the communities in which we operate and charitable causes.
we treat the environment with care and respect
By acting locally, we can play our part in improving the global environment. We consider the environment in our decision making, not just because it’s the right thing to do but because it makes sense from an efficiency perspective too.
To help us achieve our environmental goals, we have established an Environmental Management Section (EMS) team to audit our operations.
The EMS team measures our environmental impacts and ensures our systems and practices are maintained in strict accordance with international environmental standards. It also provides regular updates for employees on our environmental performance and conducts educational sessions, for example on saving energy, minimising waste and efficient use of resources.
How we’re protecting the environment:
We recycle 99.75% of our distribution centre waste
We are a member of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) a voluntary initiative designed to improve companies’ environmental performance
We have worked with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, one of our key clients, to deliver an Environmental Management System that has been awarded ISO9001 and ISO14001:2004 standards and EMAS accreditation
For further information, please see our international Environmental Report
our employees support local and national charities
arvato supports a wide range of charitable organisations across the UK. Every year, our teams each nominate a charity of the year as a focus for their fundraising efforts.
How we’re doing our bit for charities:
Our Public Sector team in the East Riding of Yorkshire selected Dove House hospice in Hull as its charity for 2011. Through activities including fashion shows, a family fun day, a sponsored 10k run and a collection at the Hull City FC ground, employees managed to raise £7,850 during the course of the year. This was topped up by the arvato management, and a cheque of £10,000 was handed to the hospice just before Christmas. In 2010, the team supported The Prince’s Trust (Yorkshire & Humber) and were the first team from the Humber region to reach the £10,000 target in its Million Maker Scheme
At arvato’s Chesterfield site, employees have selected Ashgate Hospice as their charity for 2011. So far, our fundraisers have collected nearly £3,000 through activities including cake bakes, raffles, a dog walk, midnight stroll, fancy dress race, Snowdon mountain trek and several quiz nights. More fundraising activities are planned throughout the remainder of the year
Seaforth Community Shop in Sefton was another of our charities for 2010. We helped with fundraising to upgrade the facilities for a training centre for young people with a disability and supported the shop with marketing
arvato employees have also taken part in Macmillan Cancer’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and we support Age UK in place of Christmas gifts to clients
Our finance services team set up ACORN (arvato corporate responsibility network) to help social organisations not in receipt of sponsorship. Employees chose a number of social, health and education charities, raising thousands of pounds for worthy causes
we are actively involved in our communities
Citizenship is one of our core values and it’s not just a word; we donate our time and resources to support local groups.
How we’re being a good citizen:
We have developed internship schemes to give young people business experience.
We participate with Liverpool John Moores University to provide internship opportunities for its business studies students
In Sefton and the East Riding, we are running Apprenticeship Schemes, giving young people the chance to take part in ICT and business administration work placements, and study for nationally recognised NVQ qualifications
We partner with Working Links, an organisation that supports the long-term unemployed, former offenders, lone parents and older workers. We work in unison with the body as an equal opportunities employer, ensuring that the jobs we offer are equally available to those in their target groups
We worked with our client, Chesterfield Borough Council to donate two tonnes of paper to a local nursery. Read about it on the Derbyshire Times website
Once all the content has been deleted from our old ICT equipment, it is donated to a company that provides IT equipment at low cost to organisations and individuals unable to afford it
Thinking globally, acting globally:
In 2008, arvato’s parent company, Bertelsmann, became a member of the United Nations Global Compact, which encourages businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies and to report on their implementation.
For more information, please visit arvato's global website or read Bertelsmann's latest Corporate Responsibility report.