CSR Guidelines for the Financial Sector - page 48

CSRGUIDELINES FOR THE FINANCIAL SECTOR
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Environment
Every organization nomatter what sector has an environmental impact and footprint. Investing inCSR for the
environment is a valuableway to stay in checkwith such impacts andminimize if not mitigate such impact were
possible.
Also, investing inCSR for the environment has been showed to reduce operational cost at a beneficial rates
depending on the scale of business involved.
Below are some basic environmental initiatives that organizations can beginwith to invest in their environment.
FlexibleWork - Life
Balance
• Promote the
opportunity of
part-timework
• Ensure equal
rights to part-time
and full-time
employees
• Enable the option
for employees to
work from home
(maybe only one day
aweek).
Responsible
Recruitment
• Provide equal
opportunities for
employment i.e. all
aplicants get the
same right
• Encourage diverse
applicants i.e.
female applicants,
applicants from
minority groups,
persons with
disability etc.
•Commit to
recruiting locally
where possible,
reflecting the
diversity of the local
area
Staff Training,
motivation and
retention
• Ensure
comparable
payment for
comparablework
• Talkwith staff to
agree a common set
of values towhich
the organization
subscribes to
•Use community
volunteering
opportunities for cost
effective staff
training and
development
•Create an
employee handbook
that includes
responsible business
practices
Healthy
Workplace
• Promote healthy
work practices eg:
providing the right
chairs and
equipment,
encouraging breaks
and lunch breaks
•Make healthy
lunch options
available to staff
•Carry out an
annual audit of your
workplace practices
Community
Involvement
•Consult staff and
support a charity of
the year, maybe one
that is directly
relevant to your
business
• Promote employee
volunteering and
give time to do this
• Set up a payroll
'Give as you Earn'
scheme for
employees
• Recognise
employee
involvement in the
community in your
appraisals
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