As we look to expand our excellent sales team once again, I have been thinking about Corporate Social Responsibility and how Red Industries stacks up in the race to be seen as a responsible, sustainable business.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a term we see thrown around everywhere at the moment but do companies take it seriously and more importantly do we know what it means?
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development defines corporate social responsibility as “the continuing commitment by businesses to behave ethically and contribute to economic development whilst improving the quality of life for the workforce and their families as well as the local community and society at large”
This definition seems to be an excellent yardstick by which a company can define their CSR and measure how effective their efforts are.
Red Industries is now defined as a medium-sized enterprise but this wasn’t always the case. When the company was formed in 2006 we employed approx 13 members of staff, today we employ around 75 individuals and we as a company take our responsibilities seriously. When the company was formed, our mission statement was founded on many of the core values contained in the World Business Councils definition of CSR.
The first and one of the most important points, is a commitment to behave ethically and contribute to economic development. The requirement to behave ethically simply means that a business will act in accordance with the accepted principles of right & wrong that govern the conduct of the profession, this is in our opinion perhaps the simplest requirement to fulfil. Every business must follow the accepted principles governing their industry if they expect to survive in such a tough economy. This is something we feel strongly about at Red Industries and is the main reason we hold 3 BSI accreditations and a Chemical Industries Association Responsible Care accreditation.
When looking at whether or not a business contributes to economic development we must be brutally honest with ourselves however I am proud to say that Red Industries definitely ticks that box. When the company began we had taken over a failed waste company with sites in Stoke on Trent and Kinglassie with the intention of building the business up into one of the best waste management companies in the UK. Since 2006 we have worked hard as a team to build the business into the successful medium-sized enterprise it is today. I am proud to have been a part of the Red Industries Story and we are fully committed to building our sales team up into one of the most experienced, professional sales teams in the industry.