Corporate Social Responsibility
As a major employer providing services in cities, towns and villages around the UK, we take our Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. It is vital that we make a direct contribution to the communities in which we operate.
We have been an active and high-profile member of Business in the Community (BITC) for a number of years and have developed a comprehensive and award-winning Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.
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In 2007 we won the BITC Big Tick National Example of Excellence for Skills for Life and we were re-accredited in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 Norse won the National Example of Excellence for Skills in the Workplace again, as well as the National Example of Excellence for Employability.
Norse Commercial Services also received the 2010 East of England Regional Award for the Best Business in the Community in the large company category.
Norse has won the EDP Business Award for Community Impact and the BITC award for Most Innovative New Programme. Norse Group HR Director Tricia Fuller, a tireless supporter of BITC and its work, has been appointed the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador.
In order to reach different areas of community life, Norse’s approach to Corporate Social Responsibility takes several forms.
First, there’s our Community Fund. This is where employees who are involved in a community project – such as a club, charity or environmental cause – can make a request for financial support. We welcome as many suggestions as possible.
Over the years we have supported a number of projects: from those where staff are involved in environmental projects, to sports teams, and setting up a bursary for Norfolk Schools Sailing Association, providing children who wouldn’t normally have a chance to sail an opportunity to try it free.
We also have a number of placement programmes where we offer employment opportunities to organisations trying to help people back to work. We try to turn a number of these placements into permanent work, which makes a real difference to people who struggle with finding employment. We have also set up a joint venture with Meridian East to help find meaningful work for its clients.
Norse is also a keen supporter of Pro Help, which teams up dozens of community and voluntary groups across the county with businesses offering free support.
Professional firms such as surveyors, architects, PR experts, lawyers and accountants commit themselves to thousands of pounds worth of pro bono advice and support for community projects every year through ProHelp, part of BITC.
Norse is supporting Norfolk’s ‘rising stars’
Norse is one of the three main sponsors of Norfolk County Council’s initiative to help the region’s most promising athletes and cultural ‘stars of the future’ achieve their goals.
As part of the Norfolk Sport and Culture Foundation funding programme, set up in 2008 to support young people between the ages of 14 and 25, Norse is sponsoring five local youngsters who are looking to break into the big time.
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