Why charitable giving matters to us
Our five values: experience, honestly, pride, accountability and caring represent who we are and what we stand for, they guide our actions and behaviours and influence the way we work and interact with our candidates, clients and colleagues.
The latter, caring, is especially important. It defines our culture and expresses our commitment to changing lives, not only through our day-to-day work but also through our charity initiatives.
We encourage all our people to make a difference wherever possible; to take part in charitable work and give back to our local communities. As such, ICS is very proud to be recognised as active contributors to a number of good causes.
We encourage flexibility in giving and each year ask our people, across all location and divisions, which charities they would like to support. We’re committed to supporting all our people in their charity efforts.
During 2016, ICS raised over £37,000 for a variety of charities including MIND, GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital), MacMillan, DEBRA, fruitful office and Alzheimer’s Society. Our fundraising charity events included sports days, abseiling, bake sales, volunteering in local care homes, coffee mornings and so much more.
Our charitable giving is clearly something our people are proud of. They tell us they value “the fact that we raise so much money for good causes”, “the support for individual and group charity work” and “staff interacting and participating in company charity events, which has made this a better workplace, where everyone is encouraged to be creative, offer ideas and join in”.
How it happens
To encourage charitable donations, all our people are able to donate to charity in a tax efficient way through our ‘Give as You Earn’ payroll scheme, administered by the Charities Aid Foundation.
We regularly encourage staff to put forward fundraising ideas and take part in charity work both inside and outside of ICS, which is why we provide up to two days per annum paid charity leave for everyone.
Across our divisions we also have charity champions who act as ambassadors within their area to create a sustainable charity plan.