Our Corporate Responsibility

Driving positive environmental and social impact worldwide

Corporate Responsibility is at the heart of our ethos

When it comes to our own environmental, social and cultural impact, both internally and externally, we always strive to ‘walk the talk’.

We are committed to running our global business in a responsible way, minimising potential negative environmental and social impacts, and actively promoting positive impacts where possible.

We enjoy a high level of engagement on our Corporate Responsibility initiatives as our employees are personally committed to sustainability, and are actively looking for ways to make a difference. It’s what we call the Spirit of Anthesis; a sharing of values and common purpose in the way we operate, a determination to play a part in the decisive decade. This empowers and motivates our talented teams to deliver value and drive positive impacts through engagements with our colleagues, clients, communities and the environment.


 

Commitment & Transparency

Transparency is a core value of our organisation and we are keen to communicate our Sustainability Policy and progress with all stakeholders through regular reporting.

We have a comprehensive and strategic approach to implement the best practices outlined in our Sustainability Policy:

  • Corporate Responsibility objectives and targets are reviewed and updated annually for our global business. Variations across geographies exist depending on the different priority areas identified through our materiality assessments. View our CR & EMS Targets.
  • We are proud to be working towards B Corp certification as a global business, aiming to join other like-minded corporations that use business as a force for good to build a more sustainable future. The outcome of our B Corp assessment will further inform our priority areas and our future objectives and targets.  
  • All our UK offices have environmental management systems (EMS) certified to ISO 14001:2015 with annually reviewed objectives, targets and actions to promote best practice.
  • Both our UK business and Anthesis Lavola (Iberia/Andorra/Colombia) are members of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). We produce an annual Communication on Progress (CoP) report to monitor progress towards our commitment to the ten UNGC principles. Read our latest UK report.

 

Our Programme & Governance

Our global steering group is comprised of regional representatives from across our worldwide locations who ensure our Corporate Responsibility programme is pushed forward and rolled out locally.

Materiality assessments were conducted both by our North American and UK businesses in 2019 to assess which sustainability topics our programme should focus on. For a detailed overview, view our PDF:

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When it comes to our own environmental and social impacts, we always strive to ‘walk the talk’. We truly care about looking after the Corporate Responsibility needs of our global clients as much as we do for each and every one of our colleagues

Paul Crewe
Chief Sustainability Officer & Executive Director

Just some of the ways we drive positive impact:

People
PEOPLE

  • Global Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programme
  • Regional wellbeing programmes to support our employees’ physical and mental health 
  • Global training and development to promote individual growth 
  • Global and regional employee engagement campaigns.
    For example, global campaign focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 of Zero Hunger. Read more here.
COMMUNITY 
  • Volunteering and fundraising opportunities to support local communities 
  • Partnering with charity and community organisations
  • Code of conduct, fair treatment, and environmental & social assessments for suppliers 
ENVIRONMENT
  • ISO 14001 EMS certification for our UK offices  
  • Carbon footprint reduction across travel
  • Waste reduction initiative across offices
  • Environmental impact assessments for purchasing / procurement 
GOVERNANCE 
  • Global Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee with Board level sponsorship
  • Diversity and Inclusion (D&I ) governance at leadership levels 
  • Code of Ethics (North America) and Ethics Committee (UK)
  • IT Security and Data Privacy Policy and Practices

At Anthesis, we believe that diversity, in all its forms, brings great benefit to our business. When we engage with different perspectives, backgrounds and skills we make better decisions, we serve our clients well and we enrich our individual and collective experience.

Recognising that the diverse talent of our colleagues at all stages of their careers is our greatest strength, we operate on the basis of unity not uniformity and we cultivate an inclusive & respectful culture that supports all of our employees in fulfilling their potential.

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)

Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programme is driven by a dedicated global steering committee supported by regional working groups. Our agenda is guided by feedback from Anthesis colleagues, and underpinned by three core principles:

  • Maintaining a culture where everyone feels they belong
  • Nurturing a more diverse Anthesis
  • Driving a gender balance at all levels

Recruitment

To promote and support diversity across the business, unconscious bias training is available for all colleagues. Unconscious bias screening is now a standard part of our recruitment process in the UK and we are expanding this initiative across the business.

Celebrating Diversity

We recognise and celebrate events from across the D&I calendar. Examples include: profiling women from across the business for International Women’s Day, sharing colleagues’ experiences with dyslexia for Dyslexia Awareness Week, and celebrating cultural events such as Chinese New Year, Diwali, and Passover.

Employee Networks

We are working to establish global employee networks to ensure our diverse groups are recognised and celebrated. This will begin with the launch of our LGBTQ+ Network in 2020.

Our Progress & Impact