BluePrint , Community Involvement and
Employee Volunteering Policies
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy
BluePrint is committed to working in partnership with a range of stakeholders to
sustain community development, through tackling social need and social
2. Aims and Objectives
The purpose of this policy is to:
- set our a clear CSR statement of intent for BluePrint
- embed CSR across the company
- clarify responsibilities and reporting arrangements
- ensure alignment with existing related company initiatives
- strive to secure positive external profile for resource and its staff
3. Statement of Intent
BluePrint recognises the business benefits of embracing and implementing a
corporate social responsibility strategy. Our aim is to embed CSR into
mainstream practices across the company and deliver meaningful outputs
against our corporate objectives.
This policy document sets out a clear commitment by BluePrint to make a
positive social and economic impact in the community in which we operate.
5. Mission Statement
The company’s activity in relation to corporate social responsibility is
underpinned by our mission statement of, “To help our community, especially
the vulnerable and those in greatest need within our community”.
6. Vision and Values – Social Responsibility
BluePrint is committed to valuing its people and will fulfil its corporate social
responsibility agenda in line with our core values of integrity, collaboration,
responsiveness and resourcefulness.
Workplace – To value diversity, provide an ethical approach to
business activities, and to create a safe and healthy working
Environmental – through commitment and actions aimed at reducing
our carbon foot print
Economic impact – to be delivered through forging strong links with
business and educational establishments and by supporting local
Social Impact – through developing young people’s skills and
individual potential and building skills for the future
7. CSR Targeted Strategies
BluePrint will deliver a range of CSR related programmes under the theme of
Children and Young People especially in the light of developing
individuals, enhancing skills and addressing skills shortages,
encompassing the following elements:
Community –we will seek to tackle disadvantage and build communities
through mobilising, encouraging and recognising our employees.
Workplace – addressing the needs and aspirations of our existing and
potential employees by focusing on learning and mentoring initiatives.
Environment – developing environmental management practices that
minimise waste and maximise efficiencies and position BluePrint as
responsible employers in this area.
In addition BluePrint will support additional initiatives unrelated to the
Children and Young People support programmes to reflect our
commitment to the wider community as a whole.
Individual policies in relation to the above targeted strategies will set out clear
systems and procedures and cover the following key areas:
(i) Aims and objectives of the specific policy
(ii) Guiding principles governing activity
(iii) Ownership and reporting structure
(iv) Budgetary information (if appropriate)
(v) Examples of specific outputs
The senior management team of BluePrint will have overall responsibility for the
strategic direction of CSR across the company and will play a coordinating role
with the executive teams.
The policy will be reviewed after two years or earlier depending on business
Community Involvement Policy
1. Aims and Objectives
BluePrint is committed to making a sustainable positive impact on the community
in which it operates.
We will strive to make a distinctive contribution to economic and social
development through the establishment of effective partnerships and
programmes that make best use of the energies and skills of our employees.
To achieve our objectives under the theme of helping Children and Young
People we will channel our resources under the following areas:
Partnership working with schools, further education and higher
education establishments and community groups to enhance and
develop skills that will have both social and economic impact (through
Time to programmes and Youth Mentoring in BITC and through existing
in-house programmes with ANIC and UU)
Partnership working with our clients to work on joint initiatives for
youth and wider community
3. Guiding Principles
A number of core principles will underpin all our activities in relation to community
BluePrint is committed to supporting and embracing community projects that
are aligned to our strategic objectives and enhance our operational ability and
BluePrint will strive to ensure equitable and balanced geographical spread of
BluePrint will endeavour to support programmes that are inclusive in their
nature and span all social and communal backgrounds.
Support will not be provided to individuals or groups with political or sectarian
4. Staff Involvement
BluePrint will continue to support and encourage our employees to participate in
community based programmes, subject to business requirements.
The following key principles will underpin the involvement of BluePrint
5. Skills Utilisation
Through mentoring and coaching programmes, BluePrint employees will strive to
share their skills and expertise to the benefit of the wider community.
6. Personal Development
All community activity by BluePrint employees will be closely matched to
performance appraisal and tailored to meet individual development and learning
7. Volunteering Opportunities
BluePrint employees will be encouraged and supported to participate in team and
individual community challenges.
Community Involvement activity undertaken by BluePrint will be widely
communicated internally and externally. It is imperative that all Resource
stakeholders are informed of activity and engagement opportunities on an
Maximum use of internal procedures and communication channels will be
Senior management team meetings
Specific in-house training courses
Appropriate meetings and speaking arrangements
BluePrint Strategic Management Team will have overall responsibility for the
implementation of this policy with a dedicated manager taking the lead. BluePrint
managers will ensure that all employees are made aware of this policy and
encourage commitment and engagement. Gale Sergeant will be responsible for
the coordination and communication of activity.
This policy seeks to provide a shape, structure and direction for BluePrint
community involvement programme. It is recognised that BluePrint must
respond to prevailing social issues and local circumstances which may well
require this policy to be re-focussed or reshaped.
It would therefore be appropriate to review this policy at least every two years to
suit local demands and business needs.
Employee Volunteering Policy
1. Aims and Objectives
This policy document sets out a clear commitment by BluePrint to maximise the
energies and skills of our employees to the mutual benefit of the company and
the wider community.
The Employee Volunteering Policy for BluePrint is a key element of the broader
commitment to community investment as outlined in the company’s Community
Involvement Policy. Employee volunteering is also an inherent aspect of
BluePrint’s commitment to staff development. This policy has the full support
and commitment of BluePrint’s Senior Management Team.
3. What is volunteering?
The following definition is widely accepted:
“Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of the
community; the environment; or individuals outside one’s immediate family
circle. It is undertaken freely and without concern for financial gain”.
This might involve raising money for charity or providing in a variety of ways
“hands on“ help for a voluntary organisation or individuals.
Employer supported volunteering activities are those undertaken by individuals or
teams with the help and encouragement of their employer. It’s about the
company helping its staff who help others.
All line managers within BluePrint will have responsibility for implementing this
policy across the company and for dealing with requests from individual staff
members. Line mangers will endeavour to respond favourably to volunteering
requests within operational limits. In order to ensure a measured and balanced
approach, Human Resource Department will be responsible for coordinating
activity across the organisation.
5. Guiding Principles
The following key principles will underpin all BluePrint’s activity in relation to
Volunteering opportunities will only be sourced from Business in the
Volunteering opportunities should be linked to the company’s theme of
helping as set out in the company Community Involvement Policy.
Team challenge opportunities will be encouraged to foster team building and
enhance staff morale.
Individual mentoring opportunities will be linked to meet employee
development needs identified through the staff appraisal procedure.
Approval for employee volunteering is at the discretion of the relevant line
Ongoing evaluation and review of volunteering activity will be undertaken by
6. Resources and Support
These resources include, within reason, use of telephones, fax machine, email,
stationary, notice-boards. It may also include an occasion access to the
company’s premises and office space for meetings. Arrangements for such use
should be by agreement with an appropriate line manager on all occasions.
Line management will be responsible for identifying individuals and teams who
have exceeded expectations in terms of volunteering opportunities. It is
imperative that the efforts of staff are fully appreciated and that appropriate
recognition takes place to maintain enthusiasm and commitment, Gale Sergeant
will coordinate this aspect of Employee Volunteering.
External communication of BluePrint Employee Volunteering activity is essential
to tastefully reflect the scale of impact to the wider community and to encourage
and motivate employees in this important area of work. Gale Sergeant will
coordinate this aspect in conjunction with the company’s PR Agency,
Stakeholder Communications, and Business in the Community.
9. Getting Started
BluePrint employees who are interested in finding out more about volunteering
can obtain further information on the opportunities available from the Gale
This policy will be reviewed every two years or earlier depending on company