Corporate and Social Responsibility
Being a national environmental consultancy, we are ideally placed to make a difference; we create special places for people, business and wildlife. We strive to be the best in our field and to lead by example. Our corporate social responsibility commitment considers people, the environment and the future and is supported by TEP’s policies on environmental performance, employee volunteering, equality and respect and carbon neutrality.
Our positive attitude to giving means that all TEP employees are encouraged to spend a day per year volunteering during company time in a local project. Last year our staff gave 500 hours of work time to volunteering activities. We cleared 250m of overgrown footpath for The Mersey Forest, assisted with estate management tasks at Walton Lea, a charity which provides supported employment for adults with learning difficulties and mental health challenges, and we supported the Canal and River Trust with a clean-up along the Rochdale Canal.
In addition to volunteering, TEP gives skills and expertise freely to some projects and activities. For example we give professional advice to charities, support schemes which require assessment (such as Green Flag Awards) and some of our senior staff are visiting lecturers at local colleges and universities.
In 2017, our 20th birthday year, we raised over £18,000 for 5 charities. We did sponsored walks, epic cycle rides, a 24-hour football match and baked (and sold!) plenty of cakes. Our chosen charity for 2018 is The Bloom Appeal, a charity close to our hearts. We will be finding new ways to raise money to help support the care and well-being of patients with blood cancers.
This year we are also supporting the Darfur Low Smoke Stoves project to offset our carbon emissions. The project is in Sudan and it helps to improve household health by reducing indoor air pollution. It is the first carbon credit project to be developed in a conflict zone and has been awarded recognition by the UNFCCC because of its contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
We are proud of the contribution that we make to local and global communities; through hard work and quite a bit of fun, we will continue to make a difference.