Environmental social governance policy
The SR Group is a global search and recruitment company comprising specialist search and recruitment consultancies Brewer Morris, Carter Murray, Frazer Jones and Taylor Root. With 14 international offices and four specialist brands, we’re a global search and recruitment company with a trusted reputation, and as such have a professional responsibility to the communities we serve.
Our ESG policy
We appreciate the critical role we play in transitioning to a low-carbon, more sustainable and equitable world. Our environmental social governance (ESG) policy outlines how we encourage responsible and sustainable actions throughout our business, and in respect of our clients, candidates, suppliers, and the wider community.
Our vision is to create a world where the future that employees, candidates and clients aspire to is always within reach.
Our mission is to provide excellence for clients, candidates and employees at every step of their business and career journeys. We enable companies to thrive and employees to develop their careers.
Purpose and scope
This policy formalises The SR Group’s commitment to responsible business practices in the areas of:
- Environmental stewardship
- Social responsibility
- Governance, ethics and compliance
This policy outlines the key areas of focus for the company and the role all employees play in upholding our commitments. Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for our trading partners.
Principles and strategy
By embedding ESG throughout our operation, we create value for our business by driving innovation, expanding our value proposition, deepening relationships with our stakeholders, attracting and retaining top talent, and implementing new efficiencies across our global operations. Our ESG strategy is informed by our corporate values. We are:
Agile – We champion agile working internally, and we deliver flexible solutions to the challenges our employees, clients and candidates face. It’s an approach that’s central to our success, enabling our people to find their own work-life balance, and professionals and businesses to reach their career and company goals.
Collaborative – From working together across global teams on an international search to providing charities with access to our resources and networks, we look for opportunities to support one another. Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do, driving better outcomes within our business and beyond.
Expert – We’re trusted advisors for clients and candidates alike, which stems from our unparalleled expertise. We know our specialisms and markets inside out, and by investing in long-term partnerships, our knowledge continues to expand.
Authentic – Different people have different stories to tell. We are passionate about our open, diverse and inclusive working environment – and empower employees to bring their whole selves to work, every day. We give honest feedback to ensure the best possible outcomes for the colleagues, clients and candidates we interact with.
The SR Group is also a signatory to the UN Global Compact. We are proud to join thousands of other businesses globally in committing to responsible business.
As signatories, we seek to align our objectives with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address global challenges. The following goals are embedded in our approach to sustainable growth:
Oversight and implementation
Our ESG committee is made up of members of our global employee network and convenes on a monthly basis. The committee reports directly to our Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors review our ESG strategy on a biannual basis.
Our operations, employees and services provide us with an opportunity to support the environment in which our clients and candidates live and work. In order to demonstrate the highest standards of environmental management and practice, we strive to:
- Comply with all relevant environmental laws
- Continue to improve our environmental management system and performance
- Be responsive to the environmental concerns of our clients and the communities in which we operate
- Build environmental awareness amongst our staff
- Investigate and implement necessary programmes to improve the efficiency of our resource consumption
- Implement initiatives that minimise waste generation in our internal processes
- Constructively work with suppliers to ensure that they establish and maintain appropriate environmental standards
- Monitor and report our environmental progress
We commit to net zero by 2040 in line with the City of London’s targets, as this is where we are headquartered. 2022 is our baseline year for measurement of our carbon footprint in our largest location, London. We will roll out targets for emission reduction across our global locations, one at a time, following an offset / reduction model until we reach net zero.
Individuals with responsibility for procurement take environmental stewardship into account when making purchasing decisions.
In order to foster best practice across our global network of offices we have established a ‘Green team’, with representation in our key office locations. It is the responsibility of the Green team to initiate and drive local involvement with environment-focused activities and contribute to our carbon neutral milestones.
Our commitment to our colleagues:
We believe that creating a workplace where all employees feel welcome, respected and supported is essential to our future success. We review our employee engagement, wellbeing, training, benefits and development policies on a regular basis.
Our commitment to our clients, candidates and community:
We interact with thousands of organisations and individual job seekers every year. We are mindful of our commitment to create sustainable partnerships with our clients and act in a responsible and ethical manner to all the candidates we represent. This commitment extends to the wider communities in which we all live and work.
- Comply with all relevant labour and human rights legislation
- Continue to build on our efforts to secure diverse representation at every level of our business
- Foster an inclusive working environment
- Offer opportunities for training and development to our employees
- Empower our employees to make a meaningful contribution to their community through volunteer action
- Identify partners for collaboration in order to further our own understanding and offer better services to our colleagues and clients
- Provide a safe space for all employees that ensures their phyical and mental wellbeing
- Advance our ‘social purpose’ initiatives across our global operations
Several teams play a part in implementing our social responsibility goals, including our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) committee, made up of volunteers from our four brands and central Business Services teams, with input from our People and Development team.
Within each of our brands, Partners and Directors play an active role in driving social purpose engagement for our clients and candidates through sponsorship, events, charity collaborations and thought leadership.
Good governance is not only the reponsibility of our leadership team – it is the responsbility of all employees. We act as trusted advisors and perform our work with fairness, accountability and integrity.
- Comply with all relevant legislation as it relates to governance, including anticompetition, bribery, GDPR and discrimination
- Submit transparent financial accounts
- Continue to evaluate our performance and the quality of the services we provide
- Maintain clear communication with all stakeholders and provide regular updates
We evaluate our performance through a series of measures. Our governance framework relies on clear leadership, regular reporting, and the following controls to ensure transparency and accountability:
- MonthlyTopCo board and weekly Partner meetings
- Remuneration and audit committee meetings
- Delegated authority matrix and double-sign processes for payments
- Documented procedures to evaluate and manage risk
- A ‘Compliance quarter’, mandatory for all employees to ensure all compliance training and knowledge is up to date
- Formal ‘best business practice’ policies
- Regular IT communications around cyber security, including common risks and notification of live threats
- Audited financial statements published in line with UK Government requirement