Corporate social responsibility

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Our contribution to the Sussex economy

With a turnover of £24.5 million and employing over 1,000 local people each year, we make a significant contribution to the local Sussex economy.

We prioritise using the services of local businesses, and with all our employees living locally, they in turn reinvest their salaries to further stimulate the local economy.

We act as a role model for other employers in promoting opportunities and providing support for employees who have a disability or other long term health condition. 4.5% of our employees have a declared disability with a further 13% registering a long term health condition.

Each year we nominate a local charity to support. In 2017, our staff raised over £1,500 for the The Trussell Trust and local foodbanks. In 2018, we supported Macmillan Cancer Support.     

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We were created for the purpose of providing services for disabled and vulnerable people to support them to be as independent as possible and be included in our communities. We have a long history of championing the rights of our clients and supporting equal opportunities among our staff. We are proud of our achievements and the positive feedback we receive from external audits.

We aim to be a leading organisation for promoting equality and diversity both in our service delivery and as an employer. We are committed to ensuring that all staff and clients feel welcome and are not discriminated against or treated unfairly.

See below for our Gender Pay Gap Reports.

We aim to:

  1. Ensure that our policy, strategy and the legal context on diversity is consistently understood by our Board members, staff, clients and other stakeholders
  2. Demonstrate clear leadership and good governance on diversity
  3. Have a board and staff composition which reflects the community we serve and understands the issues of diversity
  4. Understand and integrate equality and diversity issues in our service developments
  5. Have a comprehensive understanding of our future and current service user base
  6. Ensure fair and equal access to our services
  7. Ensure that all clients from the range of our diverse communities are able to be involved in Southdown to the level they desire
  8. Promote community cohesion and social inclusion by understanding and working with the full range of organisations in the area
  9. Ensure our procurement policies reflect our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

The environment

We strive to create a better quality of life for clients and staff, now and in the future. We are committed to keeping our environmental impact to a minimum and over the long term, to ensure that all of our practices and developments are sustainable. Where possible we will also work to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work. To support this we have a plan of activities designed to reduce energy and water use, cut carbon emissions and waste and reduce the impact of business related travel on the environment.

We aim to:

  1. Reduce energy use in all buildings
  2. Implement green technology where possible
  3. Ensure that energy and water efficiency is addressed at all stages of design and development of properties
  4. Use recycled and biodegradable goods where appropriate
  5. Ensure that waste is a consideration in our procurement process
  6. Reduce the need for business related travel
  7. Reduce the environmental impact of our offices
  8. Reduce the environmental impact of the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of our homes
  9. Keep staff informed of how Southdown works to reduce its environmental impact
  10. Provide advice and information to clients to encourage reduced environmental impact and reduced energy costs