We are proud
to hold ISO 9001:2000 certification as a demonstration
of our commitment to quality.
However, we don't stop at the requirements of this
certification. It is not a requirement of ISO 9001:2000
to have a corporate social responsibility policy.
Nevertheless, We Research It Ltd is committed to making
as little impact as possible on the physical environment,
and to making a positive impact on the social environment.
In line with the principles and practice of quality
assurance, this commitment is documented here to ensure
compliance, and this policy will be implemented and
reviewed as part of the company’s quality management
The office is
should be environmentally friendly wherever possible.
No insecticides, air fresheners or other unnecessary
chemical products will be used in the office; environmentally
friendlier alternatives (e.g. flypapers, essential
oils) may be used instead.
has only been printed on one side, and is in good
enough condition to go through the printer again,
will be kept for scrap. Documents printed out for
use solely within the company should be printed on
scrap paper whenever possible.
cannot be used for scrap should be recycled, with
confidential papers being shredded first. Glass and
cans should also be recycled. Plastic bottles will
also be recycled as soon as local plastic recycling
facilities become available.
should be made from recycled materials wherever possible.
If used office products, such as printer cartridges
and mobile phones, can be sent for recycling, this
will be done.
equipment should use rechargeable batteries.
It Ltd will investigate the corporate social responsibility
policies of companies they may use as suppliers, and
will take into account the breadth of their commitment
to corporate social responsibility in deciding whether
or not to purchase from them.
It Ltd will use local suppliers wherever possible,
and will take into account the distance an item would
have to be carried in any purchasing decision.
If wooden items
are purchased, care should be taken to ensure that
they are made from sustainable timber.
Food and drink
purchased by the company for its staff shall be organic
and fair traded whenever possible.
material, such as tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit
peel/cores and cardboard, should be composted.
equipment and lights should be switched off when not
are travelling on the company’s business, they should
use public transport or low-impact transport (e.g.
foot, bicycle, moped) whenever practicable.
It Ltd will keep abreast of developments in technology
and use renewable sources of energy when this becomes
It Ltd will always consider ethical options when purchasing
financial products and services. Where an ethical
option meets the needs of the organisation as well
as any other option, the ethical option shall be selected.
It Ltd operates fair and flexible employment policies.
The company is committed to the continuing professional
and personal development of its employees. These policies
and commitments are spelt out in more detail in the
company’s employment contracts, Procedure for Resources,
Terms and Conditions of Employment, and Disciplinary
and Grievance Procedures.
It Ltd is also aware of the wider environment within
which it functions. Staff aim to maintain good relationships
with neighbours, clients and others by being polite,
considerate and helpful when meeting people during
working hours, whether in the office or elsewhere.
It Ltd is particularly committed to supporting the
voluntary and community sector. Each member of staff
is encouraged to do voluntary work, and wherever the
company’s workload permits, any time given by the
employee is matched by time given by the company up
to 2 hours per employee per week. The company also
offers free support to voluntary and community sector
agencies preparing to commission, or fund-raise for,
consultancy or social research work. Further, the
company will offer free support and advice to service
user groups wishing to conduct their own research.
It Ltd gives at least 1% of its pre-tax profits to charity each year, as a tangible measure of the company’s
commitment to its social responsibilities.