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Corporate and Social Responsibility

Computair’s corporate and social responsiblity  

Computair began as a two-man business in 1980. For more than 40 years the business has gradually expanded and the team has grown in size.

We’re in the process of developing our corporate and social policy, recognising that a company’s influence isn’t limited to success in its chosen industry sector, but is also present in its impact on employees, the wider community and the environment.

Take a look at what we’re doing and some of our future objectives. The images you see have been taken around the world by members of the team.

Where we can make a difference

The team

We are very fortunate to have such a talented team of developers. As their employer, we try to be flexible, consider work/life balance and promote the wellbeing of our team.

The community

Computair has remained in the same Bedfordshire village for more than thirty years. We recognise the important role played by community groups and contribute where we can.

The environment

Caring for the environment means more than recycling paper waste. We are excited about some of our recent initiatives to improve sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint.

The team

Employee Assistance Programme

We’re really proud that in 2020 we introduced an Employee Assistance Programme as an investment in the wellbeing of the team. It can sometimes be difficult to ask for help or to know where to look. The service provides an online portal, help and information, a counselling service and monthly newsletter.

Travel

We always have one eye on travel and the opportunities it presents. When the team attends trade shows, we allow extra time on the trip to explore the area and visit places of interest: Disney World, Shanghai, Las Vegas…

Team events

Covid-19 prevented us from celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2020, but that’s still in the diary and may involve a marquee and a barbecue. Previous events have included a family day, bowling and a clay pigeon shoot. The annual team Christmas meal was another casualty of last year’s pandemic, but everyone received a Christmas treat in the post, as well as thank you cakes from a local bakery for our 40th anniversary in November!

Flexibility and support

We always try to support team members through any difficulties they may encounter, and 2020 was certainly a difficult year. Always in line with Covid regulations, we have enabled the team’s working preferences wherever possible. That has meant the purchase of new PCs and delivery of hardware to employee homes. Similarly, those who prefer to work in the office have returned to a Covid-safe environment with social distancing, hand sanitising, masks and gloves available.

The community

Volunteering and fund-raising

We support volunteerism, that is offering the team the possibility of paid time away from work to volunteer in a local non-profit organisation. We want to encourage engagement with local charities and we have staff who volunteer in a variety of settings. Our MD, Richard Phelan, helps to run a children’s circus skills group which really is as exciting as it sounds: unicycle riding, stilt-walking, juggling and aerial silks to name a few! 

One of our original founders, Nigel Taffs, is a skilled player of the mandolin and the ukulele and organises frequent musical events to fund-raise for local charities, as well as playing in residential care homes for the elderly.

Other voluntary work undertaken by the team include a ‘helping hands’ group offering lifts to the elderly, helping a competitive swimming club at the local leisure centre and helping at the local TADS theatre group for teenagers.

Sponsorship

Although we don’t have the same resources as the big multinational companies, we try and support local organisations. We are very proud sponsors of Toddington Rovers, the local junior football team, and the under-14s Leopards display the Computair logo on their team shirts. Understanding the impact Covid-19 has had on clubs like TRFC which haven’t been able to fundraise, we also made a donation to their funds at Christmas.

Donations

We have donated iPads to the local junior school to enable learning opportunities for children with special educational needs. We have also purchased musical instruments for children and contributed to the training costs of a local student playing county-level rugby. 

The environment

Our carbon footprint

During the pandemic, our team has been working from home in line with government regulations. However, as things begin to ease, many of the team are still working remotely, reducing our carbon footprint by cutting down on the distances commuted.

According to the BBC Smart Guide to Climate Change, the average UK petrol car produces the equivalent of 180g of CO2 per kilometre. We’ve done a broad calculation based on the team in the office pre-Covid, and we’ve been saving around 503kg of CO2 per week since March 2020.

This is something which will have an influence on how and where we work in future, striking a balance between working from home and scheduled ‘office time.’ Again, flexibility is key.

Meanwhile, our more locally-based team live in the village of Toddington and walk or cycle to the office.

Renewable energy

We recently changed our electricity supplier to one which produces energy from 100% renewable sources. Depending on the carbon intensity of the time of day, it means our office CO2 emissions can be as little as 31g per kWh of electricity, compared with a UK average of 233g.

Long-term, we will be considering the feasibility of self-generated renewable energy. Solar panels are one possibility we will be investigating in more detail as part of this objective.

Recycling

It may be obvious, but recycling is still an important cornerstone of caring for the environment and we do our best by recycling plastics, tins, paper, cardboard, computer hardware, batteries, ink cartridges and even office furniture.

Reducing plastic

This seems like a longer-term challenge, and a big one. ‘Plastic-Free July’ is an initiative we have promoted within the company, although of course it doesn’t have to be for July only. Although we recycle plastics, there are many single-use items clogging up the environment, and the aim is to reduce the amount of plastic being produced by finding more sutainable alternatives. See www.plasticfreejuly.org for more information.