Doing good things.

At Findel we are committed to doing good things for education, the environment, the community and to support each other.

We care about the environment

Sustainability, Doing Good Things
Sustainability, Doing Good Things
Sustainability, Doing Good Things

We care about education

Sustainability, Doing Good Things
Sustainability, Doing Good Things
Sustainability, Doing Good Things

We care about the community

Sustainability, Doing Good Things
Sustainability, Doing Good Things
Sustainability, Doing Good Things

We care about each other

Sustainability, Doing Good Things
Sustainability, Doing Good Things
Sustainability, Doing Good Things

New workplace

We now have our newly refurbished ground floor workspace at our HQ in Hyde and modernised our offices at our Product and Distribution Centre in Nottingham to create a workplace that’s sustainable, flexible and inclusive, so it is really important that we tell you about how we have spent a good deal of time thinking carefully about how we can support our environment as part of the programme. We have some great stories to share with you about the sourcing and manufacture of the fixtures, fittings, fabrics and furnishings we have placed into your new workspace through Claremont. Claremont are the partners we used to refurbish our ground floor space at Hyde and offices at Nottingham to give you the flexible and agile workspace much needed as we move forward as a business.

We’ve sourced the most economical materials for our upholstery, some of the materials used are made from recycled plastic bottles, how cool is that!

Not only that, we have tried to ensure that we have recycling and energy efficiency prominent too – it all helps our sustainability effort which is critical to sustain a healthy environment for everyone. It feels great to have been able to think differently and put our energy into something so important, a good advantage to bring the importance of global warming and reversing biodiversity loss to everyone.

Diversity and inclusion

At Findel, we want all colleagues to feel part of the team from the very start of their journey with us, so whether they’re applying for a job or already work here, we want them to feel included, valued, and most of all equal and to always have a voice.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities to all current and prospective colleagues regardless of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse workforce because, in our view, diversity and inclusion enables us to have better business outcomes and supports our growth and digital strategies as well as our people plans for both now and the future – the sustainability and diversity of our workforce will make us stand out from the crowd and reflect the communities and customer base that we serve.

We also believe that by having a sense of belonging gives better outcomes for all colleagues.

Wellbeing

Here at Findel, we recognise that we have a fundamental duty of care for the physical and mental health, well-being, and safety of all our colleagues. In line with our Findel value of #Care, colleague health, safety and well-being are a core element of our HR strategy which is supported by an integrated approach of management commitment, formal policies, membership of the Mindful Employer Charter and a variety of on-going wellness initiatives like: Cycle to Work Schemes, Discounted Gym Memberships, Colleague Assistance Programmes and access to our Mental First Aid team.

Supporting our community

At Findel we support our local communities through a number of different initiatives in addition to our charity work. Here are just a few examples of the things we do.

Children at Christmas

Findel supported the Stronger Together Tameside Toy Appeal 2021 and employees donated toys to be distributed to children across the borough. In 2020 over 10,000 gifts were distributed to children across Tameside.

@tmbc_places on Twitter Tweet: Stronger Together Tameside Toy Appeal 2021, again, thank you to everyone who has generously donated to the appeal over recent week

In addition to the employee donations to the toy appeal, Findel also donated a number of Christmas gifts to two local Primary Schools in Ashton; Holden Clough CP School and St James’ CofE School to support children and families in need at Christmas. We truly hope we made Christmas that little bit brighter for some families this year as making a difference for those children is what matters and the Headteachers were both very appreciative.

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the team at Findel. I wanted to let you know the real difference it is going to make to those families this Christmas. In a time when everyone is facing difficulties your generosity truly embodies the Christmas spirit. Thank you."

Nominate your school or nursery

In 2021 we delivered our first set of equipment to a school nominated by an employee as part of our ‘nominate your school or nursery’ initiative. This initiative is designed to support the schools and nurseries which are important to our colleagues and will run each term going forwards.

St Albans Catholic School in Chaddesden, Derby were the first recipient of our donation and used our voucher to order some curricular resources for the school including our own developed Chatter Clouds.

“The maps have been a great visual addition to our classrooms and support children’s knowledge of the world and the UK. The sound clouds have supported children with phonic development and have been supporting children build words and sentences. We particularly love it that we can write on the clouds. Fantastic resources, thank you so much!”

On demand packaging

Award-winning right size packaging methodology helps to reduce carton sizes by 45%.

Such is the broadness of our product range, regular packaging methods would result in orders being handled with wasted material, energy, and typically 40% empty carton space. To combat this issue Findel introduced an On Demand Packaging solution which resulted in a box size reduction of 45% and CO2 emissions reduction of 46%.

Our custom sized boxes also eliminate void-fillers by up to half, and the fill we do use, like our boxes, is fully recyclable and FSC sourced.

Charities

Derian House

Since 2019 we’ve supported a very special children's charity… Derian House. Derian House children’s hospice help children and young people, whose lives are too short, to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and above all, high quality care. They provide respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people across the North West. They do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week and never close to those who need them.

Their ethos is to make sure that every child and young person who goes to Derian is able to make the very most of the time they have and that’s why we wanted to help. To date we have raised over £30,000 for the hospice, of which we will continue throughout 2022.

Macmillan - Tameside Hospital Cancer Unit

From 2015– 2019 we supported Macmillan in a large number of fundraising activities which helped to contribute a significant amount of money towards the build of their state-of-the-art cancer unit at one of our local hospitals, Tameside General hospital. The unit cost £1.8m to fund of which almost £30,000 was raised and donated by us here at Findel. The unit cares for up to 20 patients a day and means that local people across the borough don’t have to travel as far to access the chemotherapy care they need.

Teapot Trust

The Teapot Trust are a charity who are primarily based on Scotland that support young people in hospitals and similar settings by delivering Art Therapy Classes to help improve physical and mental health. We support them by providing discounted supplies so they can undertake small initiatives to support the charity.

Governors for schools

Governors for Schools finds, places, and supports skilled volunteers as governors and trustees on school and academy boards. They support schools across England and Wales to run effectively by finding high calibre governors to bring their skills and expertise to the table – and improve education for children.

At Findel we are committed to supporting Governors for Schools and a number of our employees are now Governors at local primary schools. Here’s what some of them have to say about their experience;

 
“Being a Governor at a local primary school is a very rewarding role, and an opportunity for me to give something back to education and our local community. Having been matched with a school through Governors for Schools, they appointed me as a co-opted Governor, and I have been with them since 2016. I am a member of the Finance and Curriculum & Standards committees, and aim to support the school and ultimately the children as much as I can. The role is so varied and some of the things I have been involved in are; auditing pupil premium funding expenditure, approving school budgets, ensuring we are compliant on the school website, right through to experiencing a school dinner. Due to my role at Findel, I gain a lot of insight from this experience too, so I am also very grateful for this opportunity.”

Zoe Reuter

“For me, I became a school governor to bring a fresh ‘younger’ perspective to the governing board. Being a school governor gives you a sense of achievement, knowing we’re there to help children get the best education possible. Being a school finance governor allows me to learn more about the education industry and we’re able to see the challenges first-hand schools are facing – especially now after the COVID pandemic. Being a finance governor has some real positives attached to the role, none more than interacting with the children in the classrooms and seeing how happy and engaged the children are with what they’re learning.”

Martin Winters

Volunteering

We believe in the benefit of volunteering in our communities, that’s why we are introducing a volunteering allowance for all our colleagues in 2022.

Each colleague will be entitled to take up to two days paid leave to spend time supporting a cause that is close to our heart. Not only does this allow us to give something back to the community, but it also allows our people to develop their own skills through different experiences.

We are excited to see what great causes our colleagues support as the initiative develops.

Workplace safaris

Hosting workplace safaris is a great way to give students an experience of the world of work. We started this programme back in 2019, and whilst Covid restrictions have hindered its progress we are looking forward to providing more opportunities in 2022 across both of our sites.

‘Digital’ workplace safari to support GM Digital Skills Day.

Students from one of our local high schools Rayner Stephens attended our Head Office where we gave them an insight into different digital careers in the workplace. Members of our Leadership team shared their experiences in Technology, Social Media and Creative with the aim of inspiring them to consider their future career path, and also share the opportunities available to them in the local area.

Here’s what Joe Cleverley Year 9 Learning Leader had to say following the workplace safari:

“Thank you to everyone at Findel for the lengths you went to so that the learners benefited from such a fantastic experience in the work environment. These learners were chosen for their work and endeavour in Creative and Media lessons and the ideas they got will prove so helpful to them.”

Reducing our carbon footprint

We continue to reduce our carbon footprint with a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Over many years Findel has shown its dedication to good environmental management through continued certification to ISO14001. Our objectives to reduce resource consumption through this management system have translated into improvements in CO2 emissions through initiatives such as LED, building energy management systems and other efficiencies. Recognising that electricity remains our largest source (across Scopes 1 & 2) in 2020 we moved our supply to green renewable electricity, backed by guaranteed renewable origin certificates, making a significant reduction to our carbon footprint.

We now expect to improve this further through a programme of continuous improvement, carbon reduction and purchasing Gold Standard offsets to achieve carbon neutral status by 2030, being aligned to the Business Ambition for 1.5oC and committing to reduce Scope 3 emissions.

Greggs breakfast clubs

The Greggs Breakfast Club Programme was established in 1999 to help primary school children get a nutritious start to their school day.

Every school is provided with fresh bread from their nearest Greggs shop, and a grant to support start-up and ongoing costs.

Currently we support a local primary school based just outside of Manchester, Moston Lane Primary School – This is our Breakfast Club School, of which we fund £3k a year to provide for everything they need. We assist with their shortfalls, make good any broken equipment and support the staff and school with products on occasion. We also help the teachers out now and again with some goodies to keep them going. We have also presented awards from Findel to the staff who support and care for the children at the breakfast clubs. We get videos and invites to their Christmas events.

We have pledged to support another 2 schools over the coming 2 years and will continue to push forward with the help to fight child hunger across the UK.

Sustainable products and sourcing

We are committed to reducing single-use plastics and improving sustainability across the supply chain.

As specialists in educational resources, we understand the importance of sustainability in our products and strive to lead the way in sourcing standards for the education market. We are committed to reducing single-use plastics, providing sustainable product alternatives, and improving guidance and accessibility to recycling.

We expect to exceed legal requirements in relation to sustainable sourcing, ensuring that suppliers comply with the protocols and standards relevant to their products, and that audits are thorough, meaningful, and complete.

Our processes are subject to continual review as part of our ISO9001 quality management system and as Silver EcoVadis Medal holders we know that our sustainability performance is not only scrutinised, but also in the top 25% of companies assessed by the world’s most trusted business sustainability ratings platform.