What is corporate social responsibility?
The European Commission puts forward a definition of CSR as “the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society”. Respect for applicable legislation, and for collective agreements between social partners, is a prerequisite for meeting that responsibility. To fully meet their corporate social responsibility, enterprises should have in place a process to integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders, with the aim of maximising the creation of shared value for their owners/shareholders and for their other stakeholders and society at large; identifying, preventing and mitigating their possible adverse impacts.
Blue Cube Travels corporate social responsibility
Since our founding in 2003, Blue Cube Travel has embodied the true spirit of corporate social responsibility, and we are committed to the highest standards of corporate citizenship. Our culture and values are rooted in service, integrity, and taking personal responsibility for our actions, outcomes, and reputation. As a UK leading travel management company, we connect people and businesses with numerous corporate travel solutions and make a difference in the communities in which we live and work.
Blue Cube’s existence is not lonely. It’s part of a bigger system of people, values, other organisations and nature. The social responsibility of a business is to give back to the world just as it gives to us.
Blue Cube Travel’s social responsibility falls under two categories: Compliance and Pro-activeness.
Compliance refers to Blue Cube’s commitment to legality and willingness to observe community Values’, Pro-activeness refers to every initiative to promote human rights, help communities and protect our natural environment.
Blue Cube Travel will:
- Respect the law
- Honour its internal policies
- Ensure that all its business operations are legitimate
- Keep every partnership and collaboration open and transparent
Blue Cube Travel will always conduct its business with integrity and respect to human rights and will actively promote:
- Safety and fair dealings
- Respect towards the Supplier/Client/Traveller
- Anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices
- Human Rights (equal opportunity employment, gender equality and the modern slavery act)
Protecting the environment
Blue Cube Travel recognises the need to protect the natural environment. Keeping our environment clean and unpolluted is a benefit to all. Although service and operations have a small ecological footprint, we reduce the environmental impact of our business through preservation, renewable energy consumption, conservation, and waste reduction practices.
Blue Cube Travel is dedicated to protecting human rights. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and abide by the Equality Act 2010. Blue Cube Travel will ensure there is no modern slavery in its business or supply chain in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Blue Cube Travel will ensure that our activities do not directly or indirectly violate human rights in any country e.g. forced or child labour.
Blue Cube Travel will ensure that it:
- Does not risk the health and safety of our employees and community.
- Avoids harming the lives of local and indigenous people.
- Supports diversity and inclusion.
Volunteering/ fundraising/ donations
Blue Cube Travel also encourages employees and clients to donate or to engage in fundraising activities that benefit good causes. They can volunteer through programs organised internally or externally through clients or suppliers. Blue Cube Travel also encourages employees and clients to donate or to engage in fund raising activities that benefit good causes. Blue Cube Travel is a regular contributor to the Veerni Project. The Veerni project was founded in 1993 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Veerni’s mission is to educate and empower adolescent girls from poor villages in the desert areas around Jodhpur so they can lead healthy and productive lives free from poverty, coercion and disease.
Preserving the environment
We fully agree with the principle of reduce, reuse and recycle. Apart from legal obligations, Blue Cube will proactively protect the environment. We use electronic communications within our organisation and with clients to minimise the use of paper, have installed Cisco Webex technology in all offices to avoid unnecessary travel to meetings and E-billing is our preferred method of issuing invoices and all airline tickets are e-tickets. We recycle glass, paper, plastics, metals, toner cartridges and IT equipment. Haven Power supply the energy to our Head office and are part of the Drax Group who are the single largest renewable energy generator in the UK.
Supporting the community
Blue Cube Travel is committed to supporting the local community and investing in educational programs for children. Blue Cube started an Apprenticeship Scheme in October 2015 to benefit the local community interested in the Travel Industry in Richmond. We work with an accredited apprenticeship organisation locally, who have been providing apprenticeship schemes in Richmond for 25 years. The apprenticeships are all backed with NVQ level 2-7 qualifications. Blue Cube also donates monthly to CSEF, The Children’s Safety Educational Foundation which is a charity endorsed by the NSPCC. We work with two primary schools (Glasgow, Kew) and pay for a total of 250 keystage 2 pupils each year to have the Play Safe Stay Safe 13 step safety program.
Blue Cube are committed to charitable causes. We also like to have a bit of fun as a team. If you would like to contact us about becoming one of our charity partners or an activity that we can get involved in, please do so here. Please note we review our partners annually and although we endeavour to respond to each request it is not always possible.
Please note: Our travel partners are inundated with requests for prizes, this is not something we can assist with, as much as we would like to.