Our people are deeply involved in the communities in which they operate. Initiatives such as the introduction of local CSR representatives, a Charity Fund, and an annual CSR day - a paid day allocated for every member of staff to use on a volunteer project - have been put in place to help support their activity. Despite the challenging economic environment we have maintained the amount of funds raised for charities and number of volunteer days taken this year.
A key success this year was widening participation in CSR outside the UK. Our Australian offices have seen a major increase in their community participation, providing project management services on the Manly Surf Lifesaving Club redevelopment pro bono for the last two years.
In South Africa, we have provided funds to open four toy libraries, most recently in Cape Town, providing free access to toys and learning aids. Plans are being drawn up to open a fifth in a rural area outside Mokopane in the Limpopo province.
We plan to increase employee volunteering, pro bono services and staff participation in CSR events by 10 percent over the next 12 months.