We are known for our service excellence, our strong values; Respect, Rapport, Energy and Reward and the quality of our people.
Our employees can use two paid working days to volunteer, with a main focus on ‘Employability and Aspiration’ to nurture the career development of young people. One of our initiatives is to run workshops to build the attendees’ confidence and skills to find a job.
We’re very proud of the fact that our people get involved in arranging and overseeing placements for young people from underprivileged backgrounds, ranging from work experiences to apprenticeships which can even lead to permanent employment.
Every year we take on a new cohort of apprentices to provide them with meaningful paid employment while they work towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) qualification. We also fund bursaries for university students, with a focus on STEM subjects. Every scholar is invited to visit our SThree offices and take up work experience.
Our people lead a range of fundraising initiatives including sports tournaments, dress down days and personal challenges to raise money for SOS Children's Villages and help reach our £1m target for the 10th anniversary in 2018.
We partner with SOS Children's Villages and sponsor a house in Chipata Zambia for eight orphans who live with their SOS mother. We also fund scholarships for African students who grew up in SOS Children's Villages and nurture local partnerships in Germany and the US. In 2016, we established a fundraising partnership with Syria Relief and reached our target to help refurbish a derelict Child Friendly Space (CFS) in Aleppo.
In 2016 we worked with Carbon Smart to ensure compliance with the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting requirements of The Companies Act 2006. We offset our carbon emissions by investing in two ClimateCare projects. The Gold Standard Ugastoves in Uganda, and a Verified Carbon Standard wind power project in India.
SThree takes part in an annual carbon footprint exercise to monitor our environmental impact. We also continuously explore new ways to improve the Group's overall efficiency.