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Responsible organisation

As part of our five year strategy Hope and Ambition we committed to being a more responsible organisation, responsible to the children and families we support, and to the wider world. This is about improving our impact on the environment, on the people who work for and with us, and the communities in which we operate.

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Why responsible organisation?

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    Lydia

    Alumni

    “It is important to do something about this crisis now. The Children’s Trust is about children, and our future. It’s important that The Children’s Trust focuses on the problems that will impact the future of children, including protecting the world they will live in.”

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    Dalton Leong

    Chief Executive

    “We all have a responsibility for improving our impact. I am proud that The Children’s Trust is setting out an ambitious plan to protect our planet, ultimately for the benefit of the children and families we support.”

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    Nicola Smith | Ruth Wilkinson

    Director of Strategy & Transformation | Sustainability Lead

    “Being a responsible organisation is part of our organisational strategy, Hope and Ambition. We’ve established a Strategy and Transformation team and appointed a Sustainability Lead to facilitate this work. However, sustainability cannot be delivered by one person or one team, it will be a cross-organisational effort with sustainable practices designed into our work.”

Responsible organisation strategy

We want to be here for the long term to give children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability the best possible future. We can only do this if our practices are sustainable, from the very top of our supply chain, through to our impact on our people, the environment, and communities in which we operate. We will take responsibility for our impact, working to improve it across five themes, each with associated aims, underpinned by action plans and key performance indicators that we will report on regularly.

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Community

Build on our existing relationships and awareness in the community of who we are and what we do. Be an employer of choice. Explore ways to open our site for the benefit of the local community, businesses and residents.

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Environment

Create a plan to achieve net carbon zero, in line with or ahead of the Government’s UK wide commitment. Reduce the waste we produce by focusing on resource efficiency and circularity. Nurture and protect our natural environment.

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People

Provide an equitable and inclusive environment where diversity can thrive. Support the wellbeing of our people. Provide jobs offering security, rights, fair income, personal development, and progression. Support the local communities through work and volunteer opportunities. Ensure our supply chain also provides good jobs and fair pay. Develop a generation of responsible future leaders.

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Ethics

Hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethical practice and transparency. Base investment decisions on long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability. Ensure our supply chain protects human rights and fair practices.

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Leadership at all levels

Commit to positive change of the organisation’s social, economic and environmental impact. Understand the impact of our work across our beneficiaries and communities. Engage stakeholders.