We believe in being a responsible corporate citizen by embedding best practices in the way we work and continuously working on improving them over time.
Ethical sourcing programme
Ethical sourcing is a core element of our consumer products business. We encourage long-term relationships with supplier factories in order to build trust and a commitment to continuous improvement. All our suppliers and licensees are required to submit their manufacturers for approval through our ethical sourcing programme in advance of production. We review detailed, independent audits for factories in higher risk countries and work with our suppliers and licensing partners to correct any issues that may be highlighted. Factories that do not meet our minimum standards are not approved for manufacture until these standards have been met.
In 2014 we joined the Ethical Trading Initiative and will be working with them over the coming year to report on our ethical sourcing activities.
We are working on ensuring that a sustainable way of operating becomes 'business as usual' at BBC Worldwide. We collect data from our offices around the world to enable us to monitor our energy and water consumption and our waste management.
In March, our London headquarters moved into TVC in West London. Reducing our environmental impact was an important consideration in both the move process and in setting up our new office. We reused most of our existing IT equipment, workstations, chairs and storage furniture; and environmental credentials were a key consideration when we purchased new fittings, furnishings and equipment.
Looking ahead, we intend to implement robust monitoring at TVC and our offices globally to build on the understanding of our environmental impacts and put in place processes to reduce them further.
Team Worldwide, our employee engagement programme, was launched in February 2014. Centred around the three pillars of Community, Sustainability and Challenge, it has enabled our employees to make contributions to increase our positive impact on society and reduce our negative impact on the environment, while helping employees collaborate, expand their horizons and have fun. Through the year, our global offices undertook activities tailored to their local areas. These ranged from physical challenges such as sporting and endurance events, to contributing to the local community by donating time and goods in Cologne, Hong Kong, London, Miami, Mumbai, New York, Singapore and Sydney. As well as providing time and goods through Team Worldwide, staff raised over £20,000 for Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need in the UK and partner charities in our global offices.