Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

At PlanB Consulting, we take our responsibilities for the environment and to out community very seriously. This is demonstrated in several ways, which are detailed below.

Support to the wider community


Charlie is a member of the Project Trust Board of Directors Project Trust was founded in 1967 as an educational charity on the Hebridean Isle of Coll in North West Scotland. Since then they have sent over 5,500 volunteers overseas. Project Trust sends about two hundred volunteers to twenty-five countries annually and is widely respected as one of the most experienced and professional gap year organisations in Britain.

Their main philosophy is to provide young people with an opportunity to understand a community overseas by immersing themselves in it; living and working there for a year. All their projects are vetted for their suitability for volunteers, and none deprive local people of work. They have the expertise and the infrastructure to ensure all volunteers are given a challenging and exciting opportunity to develop themselves, and all the support available to them when they need it.

All of their staff are based on the Isle of Coll, in a well-equipped modern office, and this is where all the administration takes place. Most of the staff are Project Trust Returned Volunteers, and are desk officers, i.e. responsible for the volunteers in one or more countries in our programme. Volunteers, remain in close contact with their desk officer throughout their year. In addition, Project Trust have an extensive network of overseas contacts, all working together to give unrivalled support to our volunteers. Over five thousand volunteers have spent time abroad with Project, every one of them returning with unique and valuable experiences. www.projecttrust.org.uk

 

Kim is presently a Children's Hearing Panel Member. The Children's Panel makes vital decisions about vulnerable children in need of care or who have offended, at a Children's Hearing. Sometimes children get into situations that are too difficult for them to deal with on their own. Children are referred to the hearings system because they are considered to be at risk or have offended. At each hearing, panel members work with the child, parents or carers and professionals to make decisions which are in the best interest of the child. Each hearing is a lay tribunal involving three members of the panel and must consist of at least one man and one woman. It should also where possible reflect a mix of ages and experience. The hearing is usually held in a relatively informal setting and is chaired by one of the panel members.

 

PlanB Consulting adheres to the following company Environmental Policy

Via-K Ltd trading as PlanB Consulting (hereafter known as "the Company") believes that businesses are responsible for achieving good environmental practice and operating in a sustainable manner. The Company is therefore committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods. A priority of the Company is to encourage our customers, suppliers and all business associates to do the same. Not only is this sound commercial sense for all; it is also a matter of delivering on our duty of care towards future generations. The Company's policy is to:

  • Wholly support and comply with or exceed the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice.
  • Minimise its waste and reuse or recycle as much of it as possible.
  • Use public transport whenever practical.
  • Minimise energy and water usage in its buildings, vehicles and processes in order to conserve supplies, and minimise its consumption of natural resources, especially where they are non-renewable.
  • Operate and maintain vehicles used by The Company with regard to environmental issues as far as reasonably practical and encourage the use of alternative means of transport and car sharing as appropriate.
  • Apply the principles of continuous improvement in respect of air, water, noise and light pollution from its premises and reduce any impacts from its operations on the environment and local community.
  • As far as possible purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and encourage others to do the same.
  • Assess the environmental impact of any new processes or products it intends to introduce in advance.
  • Ensure that all employees understand our environmental policy and conform to the high standards it requires.
  • Address complaints about any breach of its Environmental Policy promptly and to the satisfaction of all concerned.
  • Update, its Environmental Policy annually in consultation with staff, associates and customers.