Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

Our Give.Help.Share mission is to ensure that corporate responsibility is at the heart of UKTV. Everyone at UKTV is encouraged to take part: from contributing to improving our environmental impact, to helping the local community and raising funds and awareness for causes we care about.

Environmentally, our policy spans a comprehensive recycling remit through to encouraging our staff to participate in a Cycle to Work scheme. Our new home since summer 2014 in Hammersmith is a BREAAM Excellent Accredited green building.

Our commissioning team embrace our green strategy by seeking to minimise the carbon footprint of our new productions, and we are members of the Albert Consortium initiative that underpins this.

To help our local community, we regularly help out at the local Masbro Community Centre events. Also in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Council, our volunteers mentor students at local colleges, and read with school children from our local area in West London.

Last year we held two Local Learning at Work Days, where we invited students from the borough to come and spend the day with us at UKTV. The students participated in brainstorming ideas for original content, attended master classes in pitching and marketing content and spent time working closely with departments across the company.

Our commissioning team embrace our green strategy by seeking to minimise the carbon footprint of our new productions, and we are members of the Albert Consortium initiative that underpins this.

To help our local community, we regularly help out at the local ?Masbro? Community Centre events. Also in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Council, our volunteers mentor students at local colleges, and read with school children from our local area in West London.

Last year we held our first ever Local Learning at Work Day, where we invited students from the borough to come and spend the day with us at UKTV. The students participated in brainstorming ideas for original content, attended master classes in pitching and marketing content and spent time working closely with departments across UKTV. It was a great success and one which we are planning to repeat in the Autumn of 2014.

In 2014 we were awarded the Platinum Government Quality Mark by Workplace Giving UK (and Gold in 2013) for our successful payroll giving scheme. This allows staff to give donations regularly from their salaries on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice. For 2014, we aim to double the uptake and achieve Platinum status.

We are working to develop additional partnerships with bodies such as the NFTS and local colleges, which will enhance our educational initiatives, using our talent across the UKTV network to act as ambassadors to help make a real difference.

Launched in 2012, UKTV's Charity of the Year collaboration is part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. Each year staff are given the chance to nominate the charities close to their heart and the list is put to a company-wide vote.

GIST Support UK, was chosen by staff as the Charity of the Year for 2015. GIST (GastroIntestinal Stromal Tumour) is a rare form of cancer that affects both adults and children, and around 900 new patients are diagnosed every year in the UK. GIST Support UK is a small charity, which provides support to patients and their families. It is run by volunteer trustees and the charity encourages research into GIST cancer and works to improve patient care.

In 2014 we smashed through our fundraising target of £30,000 to raise £75,000 for children's charity COSMIC through various fundraising initiatives. The majority of this raised via the UKTV triathlon, which involved over 100 staff either cycling 300 miles to Amsterdam, walking a 25km, 50km or 100km stretch of the Thames, or participating in a marathon lap swim relay.

We have started the 2015 fundraising by revealing a calendar full of bespoke and fun events, from cookie sales to Pub Quizzes.

But the Big Event in 2015, which will represent our biggest fundraising initiative is UKTV's Against The Elements; Fitness vs Fear.

So far over 100 staff members have volunteered to take part in one or more of the events, all themed around the four elements; Air, Earth, Water, and Fire.

The UKTV's Against The Elements challenge promises to be this year's ultimate fundraising initiative. The challenges are made up of abseiling, cycling, and dragon boat racing with over 100 members of staff signing up to test their fitness and face their fears.

The first event of the year and the Air element of the challenge saw over 50 UKTV staff face their fear by abseiling a terrifying 262 feet from the top of the Orbit in Stratford on the 8th May.

The Earth element part of the challenge will test 29 cyclists' fitness levels, as they will cover 300 miles from 'Palace to Palace', Hampton Court to Versailles, in only three days from the 19th June.

The Water challenge will test both fitness and fear, as 17 people and one dragon boat row the 21.6 miles up the Thames in the 'Great River Race' on 12th September.

Details about the Fire challenge are yet to be announced.

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