The Number4 Group is a responsible and a forward-thinking organisation. We take seriously our corporate responsibility (CSR) to operate as a sustainable business over the long term.
We have fully embraced operating a sustainable and carbon neutral business model and know that it is vital to ensure the impact we make in any of the communities that we work in, is a positive one and that others benefit from the work we do both locally and nationally.
The Objectives For Us Going Green are Simple:
Some of the causes we have supported include:
- ACT - actsma.co.uk
- Challenge for Halle-Rose
- Active Nations – www.activenation.org.uk
- Greenbank Under 10’s Football Team
- Macmillan – Lincoln 10K
To further support this we have a number of company initiatives which are aimed at making The Number4 Group a fully sustainable and ethical organisation that our partners are proud to be associated with.
All of our programmes have at the heart of them a digital theme and one that encourages engagement and learning using this method – this includes the use of tablets instead of workbooks within the classroom, use of electronic signatures, learner IT health check and access to the UK online suite of IT based short courses/assessments.
We have a partnership arrangement with The Money Advice Service (MAS) who offer a free advisory service to all of our learners – MAS have extensive coverage within the contract package area and provide an unbiased and fully independent service across a range of financial matters, including offering financial health checks and better off calculations in addition to many other financial guides that help learners to better understand and improve their current situation within a number of key areas such as money management and budgeting, savings and identifying affordable credit options.
By the end of the year, we plan to have reduced the amount of energy our business uses by 20% and will achieve this by undertaking numerous small and simple interventions, such as turning lights and other devices off when not in use, car sharing, laminating paper instead of reprinting and transferring workbooks into electronic versions.
All of these changes demonstrate the smarter, more sustainable way of working that we have adopted this year and are fully promoted throughout all of our training delivery to raise awareness of how small changes can make a big difference.
Reducing our carbon footprint in line with our Green Agenda is our primary objective and we have challenged ourselves with becoming 'Carbon Negative'. This means that we intend to offset more carbon that we initially contribute to the globe by an additional 10%.
Course materials such as workbooks, crib sheets and portfolios are now completed on mobile devices which are then stored at a central location. This supports our peripatetic delivery model as it allows a quicker, more secure transfer of data between our Delivery and Administrative Teams.
All data can be processed immediately, without the need for a postal services and offers increased levels of data protection. We are also working towards being a paperless operation within 12 months.