Commercial group: committed to creating positive, lasting change
Commercial’s 10th CSR Day will take place on 16 June 2016 at Cheltenham’s world renowned racecourse. Once again the annual event is set to provide the perfect platform for businesses to share ideas in tackling environmental, ethical and social issues which continue to hit the headlines and boardroom agendas nationwide.
Some 200 delegates attending this year are to be treated to keynote presentations from founder of the Big Issue, Baron John Bird, and one of the world’s most influential Climate Scientists, Professor Chris Rapley. In addition, 17 roundtable sessions will also be hosted by an eclectic mix of sustainability experts who will present, guide and discuss with delegates how an organisation can achieve positive, lasting change.
Since its inaugural event in 2006, the aim of Commercials annual CSR Day has been, first and foremost, to support businesses nationwide in tackling sustainability issues and more recently the shift from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to Corporate Social Value (CSV).
Simone Hindmarch-Bye, Co-founding Director of Commercial and the company’s Foundation and Social Enterprise WE DO. Print, comments on how the company has always been very open and honest about its commitment to environmental and social change and the challenges faced when taking the lead within the business community.
“Yes, we have one of the largest solar arrays panels in the UK. Yes we have the largest Commercial hydrogen fleet in the UK. Yes, our award winning Green Angels programme has not only allowed our staff to engage with our sustainability programme but also make a real difference to our business and community. Yes, our Social Enterprise has seen 33 young people go through the three month programme with 23 going on to apprenticeships and employment. However, the biggest difference and the most valuable aspect of our journey throughout all the endeavours we’ve embarked on, collectively, are the connections we’ve made. Without the connections, the ripple effect, the inspiration, motivation to carry on achieving more, then what we started 10 years ago would not have grown to the scale it has today. It’s one of the many reasons our CSR Day is so enjoyable. Taking time out to listen to other people about their journeys and celebrate their successes too. To learn from each other is vital in order to achieve change for good. ”
The day remains a by invitation only, complimentary event and includes a networking lunch and exhibition hall which houses a number of sustainably and ethically compliant companies showcasing their latest products and services.
Commercial Group has received numerous accolades for its leadership in driving sustainable, ethical and social values within the business community. The government has recently announced its investment to support businesses to buy and spend a percentage of their procurement business with social enterprises by 2020. Commercial’s own social enterprise programme WE DO. Print has been in full swing and operational for over a year, proving, yet again, that the company is not only creating positive change but achieving it.