Reflecting on a Year of CSR and Charity Initiatives

Corporate Social Responsibility has been at the very core of Aspida Group since its beginnings. Over the past year, Aspida Group has been committed to making a difference in the community through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and charity initiatives. As we look back on the various projects and campaigns we undertook, we are proud to share the impact we have made and the positive changes we have brought to the Island.

Environmental Sustainability

Recognising the need to address environmental challenges, we have taken significant steps towards sustainability.

We implemented a successful E-Bike incentive scheme – which has assisted 10 employees so far to embrace eco-friendly transportation options by providing them with an interest free loan repayment for the purchase of their chosen E-Bike.  As well as continuing our popular ‘Green Scheme’ amongst employees to encourage them to live more sustainably by offering points and prizes for their annual activity.

We are also adjusting our professional sponsorship options to become carbon sponsors where we can to offset any carbon created by these events, and we were delighted to be Carbon sponsors for the 2023 STEP ball which we are continuing in 2024,  and we supported The Bailiwick Eelgrass Exploration Project (BEEP) to record Eelgrass across the Bailiwick of Guernsey.  Eelgrass is an incredibly important habitat forming species, found within the Bailiwick as it can reduce coastal erosion by storing organic carbon.

We have implemented more sustainable practices within our operations such as;

      • Only using Woodland Trust paper which contributes to replanting trees alongside reducing our paper use by 40% overall throughout the office

      • All of our corporate items are made from recyclable material including T-shirts, business cards, pens, notebooks, coffee cups and rucksacks.

      • Taking careful consideration when choosing and purchasing supplies and suppliers

    Additionally, we have actively participated in wombling by purchasing 2 wombling sticks for colleagues to use during walking meetings and lunchbreaks/weekends.  We had a team of us to help clear up wildlife areas in the Forest, took part in beach clean-ups and were involved in other local awareness campaigns to inspire others to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

    Community Engagement.

    Engaging with the communities we operate in has been a key focus of our CSR efforts. We have been involved in numerous volunteering activities, encouraging our employees to actively participate.

    From sponsoring the ‘Proms on the Wicket’ to enable it to stay a free event for everyone, the Cybersecurity awareness month with ‘The List’ which helped to promote a safer digital landscape, paying for and becoming guardians to the crucial Defibrillator in Jerbourg carpark, to organising cake sales, donating goods to the Guernsey Welfare along with other local initiatives, we have strived to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need around us.

    Education

    Education is the foundation for a brighter future, and we have been proud to be involved in initiatives that empower individuals through knowledge.

    Throughout 2023, we have collaborated with local schools to provide valuable time and resources, including joining forces with Blanchelande by sponsoring their brand new Robotics Club to introduce students from Years 6-10 to LEGO Education SPIKE Prime (“SPIKE Prime”) which is considered to be a leading global STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) learning tool for students to being sponsors of the Island FM Cycle Safe campaign for the 3rd year to continually provide all primary school children with the knowledge to keep them and others safe on the roads.

    We also are proud to provide over 500 hours of pro bono work to help shoulder the burden to support charities and not-for profits with a range of services to fulfill their regulatory, fiduciary and governance obligations. We also enjoy a varied range of lunch and learns to all employees on various sustainable topics to help to educate and inspire.

    By investing in education, we aim to create opportunities for students to thrive and contribute to society.

    Transparency and Accountability

    We believe in transparency and accountability in all our CSR and charity initiatives. Throughout the year, we have maintained open communication channels with our stakeholders, sharing progress reports and impact assessments. By being transparent, we aim to build trust and ensure that our efforts are aligned with the needs and expectations of the communities we serve.

    As we reflect on the past year, we are proud of the positive impact we have made through our CSR and charity initiatives. By prioritising education, environmental sustainability, community engagement, and fostering partnerships, we have strived to create a better community for all.

    However, our journey does not end here. We remain committed to continuously improving and expanding our efforts, and we would love to invite charities/organisations to let us know if there is any thing that we can help them with, whether that be through donations of time/knowledge or materials. 

    Please email carly.howlett@aspidagroup.com with the below information and we will get back to you if there is anyway in which we can help you.

    • Name of charity/organisation
    • Purpose of charity/organisation
    • Your website address
    • What help is required? ie Regulatory support, materials, man power etc
    • Do you have any urgent needs that requires immediate attention?
    • Do you have an ongoing project that requires support?

    These questions can help us gauge your charity’s needs, align our capabilities, and ensure a mutually beneficial partnership. 

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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