Our corporate social responsibility statement

Veritau is committed to conducting business in a responsible and sustainable way which is beneficial to all our stakeholders, the environment and the wider community. This includes promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility statement outlines our efforts to adopt good working practices and to be aware of the social, environmental and economic impact we may have on the world.

Our values are defined by our commitment to the highest standards of propriety and good governance. We treat our clients, employees and suppliers with respect, and we uphold the principles of fairness, honesty and integrity in everything we do.

We are committed to operating in an ethical and open manner at all times. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, modern slavery or human rights abuse, and we expect our suppliers to adopt similar measures to prevent it happening. We keep these arrangements under review at all times. We are also open about our business practices, regularly publishing information about how we operate and our performance.

Our people

Our aim is to create a workplace where our people are able to thrive and feel valued. We have also adopted recruitment policies and practices which are intended to ensure our workforce is truly representative of all sections of society. We oppose all forms of unlawful discrimination.

We encourage our employees to contribute to our future business plans and we seek their views on how we are operating and performing. We are also open in our decision making. We promote flexible working arrangements, and all our employees receive at least the real living wage. We also adopt measures to safeguard their health and wellbeing.

We are transparent about our pay and rewards, and we publicly report key performance information including pay multiples and the make-up of our workforce.

Training and professional development is a key business priority. We operate a graduate training programme and recruit a number of trainees each year. We advertise these opportunities on local platforms. We also maintain a complementary aspiring manager programme for people who would like to move into leadership roles. Where possible we aim to promote from within the business.

All our employees are given the opportunity to develop and learn new skills. This includes becoming professionally qualified in their specialist area. We support them throughout this process, providing funding for courses and paid study leave. Many opportunities are given throughout the year for employees to undertake additional training on a range of topics suitable for their role. We regularly come together for training and development events where the focus is on team building and sharing best practice. We also offer work experience opportunities to students in further and higher education.

Community

We support local communities by offering our employees paid time off to undertake volunteering activities with local charities and voluntary organisations. This benefits the residents of the communities we work in and allows employees to gain new skills and experience. We encourage those who are new to volunteering and those who volunteer on a regular basis.

Environment

Working with our partner councils, we are committed to achieving net zero by 2030. We are therefore adopting measures to reduce our environmental impacts, identify relevant performance targets and encourage the development of good environmental practice by our employees, suppliers and clients.

Recycling schemes are already in place at all our main offices. We source local goods and services wherever possible to help reduce our carbon footprint and to support the local economy. We have also adopted working practices which are aimed at reducing waste and emissions, including remote and hybrid working.

Suppliers

We are committed to paying our suppliers on time and within agreed terms. We will report at least annually on our payment performance. We will also encourage good practice through our supply chain by promoting the adoption of the Prompt Payment Code.

Taxes

We are committed to paying all applicable local and national taxes within the required timescales. We will ensure that our tax and business affairs are managed in a compliant, responsible and transparent manner.