People and society
Across the business we encourage colleagues to participate in activities to support national and local schemes and initiatives.
Employees are entitled to two Giving Something Back days, allowing staff to contribute to causes they believe strongly in without having to take annual leave.
Additionally, NS&I’s staff charity is chosen every two years by NS&I staff as the main focus for their fundraising efforts, spanning sports, social and other voluntary activities.
Throughout the year staff also take part in other charitable activities such as Christmas Jumper Day.
Giving something back - Our stories
Julie Shepherd, Senior Brand Manager, volunteered at her local Tesco store to support the Watford Food Bank. One in five people across the UK are living below the poverty line, and rely on Food Banks in emergencies. Food Banks regularly take donations of food items, including tea, sugar, tinned goods and cereals.
"This was the first time I’d used a ‘Giving Something Back Day’ and I’m so pleased I did. It was incredibly rewarding helping my local community, and meeting the team of volunteers who regularly give up their time to help run the Food Bank. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of shoppers – many of whom said they had been in a similar, difficult situation and so understood how important Food Banks are."
Environment, waste and sustainability
To ensure sustainability is fully embedded within our operations and governance structure we have developed a Workplace and Corporate Social Responsibility Risk Policy within our overall risk management framework.
The carbon reduction plan developed with the support of the Carbon Trust sets out how, against the 2009-10 baseline, we will reduce our carbon emissions by over 7,000 tonnes a year from the end of March 2015. This equates to over 50% of our emissions, significantly ahead of both our own initial target and those set centrally by government.
The plan was developed as part of our participation in the pilot of the carbon management programme for central government supported by The Carbon Trust.