Social responsibility

For Reed in Partnership social responsibility is about living the values that are the foundation of the company - making a positive impact on people and their communities.

Our approach focuses on:

1)    Charitable support through the Reed Foundation
2)    Minimising our environmental impact
3)    Making a difference to the communities in which we work

Charitable causes

The Reed Foundation, which owns 18% of the company, aids charitable causes promoting education and the relief of poverty, sickness and suffering. Reed has a social commitment to lead and create positive social change. Over £20m has been donated to charitable causes including:

  • Ethiopiaid, established by the Reed Foundation, works to relieve poverty amongst Ethiopians. Over £20m has been raised, supporting 43 partners across Ethiopia

  • Womankind, established with funding from the Reed Foundation, has raised over £1m for women who have suffered abuse and campaigned for equality across the world

  • Reed College of Enterprise Network. The Reed Trust has contributed £25,000 to 27 schools in the UK to help them achieve specialist status and help to support enterprise

  • Alec Reed Academy, specialises in enterprise, with a Children's University aimed at promoting learning activities outside of school to help raise aspirations. The Reed Foundation is the principal sponsor of the Alec Reed Academy, including £2m for new school buildings in 2004.

  • The Big Give, provides an intelligent way for proactive philanthropists to support charities and projects of interest, and for charities to engage with donors new and old. The Big Give showcases the work of over 9,500 charities and has already helped to raise over £50million, running a wide variety of innovative programmes which help charities raise further income.

Minimising our environmental impact

We have been an environmental champion for a long time. Reed was the first UK recruitment company to become Carbon Neutral® and Reed in Partnership holds the Green Mark accreditation.

Our aim is to reduce our environmental impact as much as possible and then efficiently manage what is unavoidable. Our Environmental Policy has three main objectives:
1)    To increase our levels of recycling by 10%;
2)    To inform employees, customers, partners and stakeholders of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact; and
3)    Reduce our energy consumption by 10%.

Examples of the measures we take in order to achieve these objectives include:

  • All PCs use 'thin' terminals. These use 91% less power, require fewer materials and CO2 emissions to produce and are 90% recyclable

  • Printers are set to sleep mode after 30 seconds and shut down after 30 minutes inactivity, meaning 30% less energy use than other print/fax/copy machines, and are set to automatically print double-sided

  • All new lighting is motion sensor based

  • We operate a Reduce, Re-use, Recycle policy, with recycling facilities provided in all offices, and all employee complete e-Learning modules that help improve their environmental performance and understanding


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Making a difference in our communities

We play an active role in the communities where we work. Our National Citizen Service is the Government's flagship initiative for building a more inclusive society. We support 16-17 year-old participants to develop Social Action Projects that benefit their local communities - from restoring and cleaning public areas, to volunteering at Care Homes and fund-raising for charitable causes.

As part of our work with jobseekers, we run Jobs Fairs that bring together people and businesses from across local communities to open up access to employment.