CDS signs Birmingham Charter for Social Responsibility

Guy Van Lopik, CDS’ Commercial Director, attended the BC4SR awards ceremony at the offices of Pinsent Mason in the centre of Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council’s Business Charter for Social Responsibility (BC4SR) is supported by businesses and strategic public sector partners. The council wants to promote Corporate Social Responsibility in the city, improving employee attraction and retention while encouraging social cohesion and inward investment.

CDS is contracted to provide a fully managed Printing and eCommunications service to the council and was quick to sign up to the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

CDS was presented with a certificate in recognition for its signature and commitment to the Charter.

The company committed to a programme of actions throughout the duration of its contract with the Council focusing on the six key principles that form the basis of the charter.

CDS is also one of the first Companies to sponsor the Find It In Birmingham campaign aimed at promoting business in the local community. Councillor Stuart Stacey who presented CDS with the award said he was delighted and very excited about the new contract with CDS.

Guy Van Lopik accepted the award on behalf of CDS and said: “The award means a lot to us and fits perfectly with our company’s philosophy regarding Corporate Social Responsibility.”

The charter aims to boost the local economy by maximising the social value the council obtains from its £1billion purchasing power by reforming the authority’s procurement strategy.

The six key principles that form the basis of the charter are:

  1. Local employment – signatories will provide employment and training opportunities for local people, especially in target areas where unemployment is high.
  2. Buy Birmingham First – signatories will be asked to endorse the principle throughout their supply chains.
  3. Partners in communities – play an active role in Birmingham’s neighbourhoods, working with community support organisations, especially in areas of the city in greatest need.
  4. Good employer – supporting staff development and welfare, adopting the Living Wage within their organisation.
  5. Green and sustainable – committing to protecting the environment, minimising waste and energy consumption, while using other resources efficiently.
  6. Ethical procurement – signatories will commit to employing the highest ethical standards in their own operations and those within their supply chain (paying fair share of taxes, not support child Labour, pay suppliers on time etc).

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