At GL, we focus on ensuring the best possible outcomes for students to help them learn and succeed. Yet our responsibilities stretch beyond that, including how we operate day to day as we strive to be a better business.
We are committed to reducing our environmental impact as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy. We wholly support and comply with – and in some cases, exceed – the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice, and minimising waste, energy and water consumption.
Our enduring commitment to sustainability revolves around three core priorities: aiding charitable causes, minimising our carbon footprint, and bolstering our local communities. Across GL's various offices, we've established initiatives aimed at extending a helping hand to others. Our employees also have the opportunity to vote for local charities deserving of financial support.
In each office, dedicated Sustainability Committee members take charge of coordinating these donations and organising additional fundraising events to bolster the chosen charities. Just last year, our offices collectively contributed £500 to the following organisations:
Our commitment to uplifting our local communities takes various forms. Our team members are granted five volunteer days annually, allowing them to contribute to local schools, charities, or causes of their choice. In our ongoing effort to support our employees, we've recently introduced the Onhand app, enabling them to make a positive impact using their mobile devices. Onhand facilitates individuals in making environmental pledges and connects them with nearby volunteer opportunities, empowering them to effect change wherever they may be situated. With these five paid volunteering days each year, our staff can give back to causes that resonate with their values, such as spending time with those facing isolation or assisting local schools in nurturing young readers.
This is why we've embarked on our path towards sustainability. We're dedicated to making environmentally conscious decisions and creating a positive social impact. Our mission is to bring about positive change for both people and the planet. Our primary objectives on this journey include adopting a comprehensive, long-term sustainability strategy that will guide us in our quest to become more carbon neutral.