Sustainability

How we ensure sustainability

One of the most important steps we have taken is to become a member of Business in the Community (BITC) - an organisation whose purpose is to mobilise business for good, and to provide a clear framework to help improve performance and benefit society in four specific areas. These are:

  • Community
  • Environment
  • Workplace
  • Marketplace

In 2017, we reduced our carbon emissions by 1%, and achieved 95% recycling rate. We also supported 334 Social Value projects. Via these projects the business also donated £82,000 to charitable causes across the country. These achievements typify our ongoing commitment to CSR.

As a member of BITC we are committed to introducing more responsible practices in all of these areas. This involves our whole company, from the boardroom to apprentices. It is all about enhancing relationships with our customers, suppliers and the wider world that we all come into contact with. In our day-to-day work, we can all make a difference by following the guidelines and aiming for the goals identified in our CSR strategy.

Supply Chain

Through this strategy, we continue to introduce new initiatives, forums for debate, ways of monitoring progress and reporting back, and setting targets to help us measure progress.

We have always been conscious of our responsibilities, and were one of the first companies within our market sector to commit to this campaign. We see it as a key factor in achieving our goals of being a leader and innovator in corporate social responsibility.

Latest Blog Posts

Novus partners with Tpas and Home Group to tackle social housing stigma

NOVUS PARTNERS WITH TPAS AND HOME GROUP TO TACKLE SOCIAL HOUSING STIGMA

  03 APRIL, 2019
We’ve recently teamed up with Tpas and Home Group to support their Life Swap sessions in Leeds, as part of our ongoing commitment to equality and diversity. The workshops are designed to break down the barriers some people experience when living in social housing, by allowing them to share their stories and experiences with individuals from different backgrounds. You can find out more about the social housing services we offer, including planned maintenance here. Many social landlords are focused on tackling stigma following the release of the Government’s social housing green paper (A New Deal for Social Housing) which highlighted the issue. The green paper is available on the Government website here. As part of the sessions, which we sponsored and took part in, housing associations will learn to better understand the different needs of individuals within their communities, develop a cohesive approach to helping vulnerable residents and tackle the stigma attached to certain groups as a result. We’ve long been committed to the principle of giving back to our communities, whether through holding resident workshops, helping vulnerable tenants out in their day-to-day lives or through our recent Novus Big Five initiative, which saw us give five worthy causes a £20,000 refurbishment project. You can check out one of our recent refurbishment projects here. Kevin Rhone, head of social value and customer services at Novus, said: “When the opportunity came along to sponsor the Life Swap initiative, we couldn’t wait to get started.
Sharing ideas and successes about Learning and Development

SHARING IDEAS AND SUCCESSES ABOUT LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

  20 NOVEMBER, 2018
Paul Nixon, our Learning and Development Advisor has been bringing likeminded people together to share their ideas, successes and pains. Here Paul tells us more about the Learning & Development gatherings…     Why do you hold a L&D gathering and who attends? I have been attending a gathering of Learning and Development professionals for the past 12 months.  The group meets every month in Manchester which poses two challenges for me.  Firstly, there is the commute to Manchester which eats up time in my day and, secondly, meeting every month was too much of a commitment.  I’m also a born and bred Stoke lad who wants to see innovation and a sense of community being developed in my city.  There is a quite a varied group of people that attend, all contributing unique and valuable experiences.  We have individuals from ICO, Leek United Building Society, Vodafone and Water Plus along with one or two independent consultants.   What have the group been discussing? When I set up the group, I was very clear about its purpose: sharing the successes we’ve recently had, the challenges we’ve faced and discussing any new trends, ideas or opportunities that may lie ahead.  This means everyone has a story to tell and experience to share.  It’s a relaxed, informal setting where people can speak openly, build relationships and find support.  There are only two major rules: no sales pitches and no touting for business!   What are the benefits to bringing likeminded people together? As the only person in Learning and Development at Novus, the group has provided me with a great opportunity to meet likeminded people who understand my successes and challenges.  Equally, hearing the experiences that other people have had is encouraging and motivating.  Learning about how other people have tackled similar problems helps me to be more creative and innovate in my own workplace.   When do you meet?  We meet every other month, normally on the first Friday of the month, although this is flexible.  We meet in the city centre at The Quarter café, who have kindly allowed us to use a private space for free.  If anyone is interested in attending, please get in touch with Paul via email paul.nixon@novussolutions.co.uk