What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

The European Commission defines CSR as “the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society”. At Blue Cube, we believe that these legal and logistical requirements are just the foundations – it’s really about having a culture, approach and strategy that make a positive contribution of our own local and business communities, as well as our wider society.

Blue Cube Travel's Corporate Social Responsibility

Since 2003 Blue Cube Travel has embodied the true spirit of corporate social responsibility, and we are committed to the highest standards of corporate citizenship. Our culture and values are rooted in service, integrity, and taking personal responsibility for our actions, outcomes, and reputation. As an award winning and leading UK travel management company, we connect people and businesses around the world and can help to make a difference to the communities in which we, and our customers, live and work.

Blue Cube’s existence is not lonely. We are part of a bigger system of people, values, other organizations and nature. The social responsibility of a business is to give back to the world, just as it gives to us.

Blue Cube’s social responsibility falls under two categories: Compliance and Pro-activeness.

Compliance

Compliance refers to Blue Cube’s commitment to legality and willingness to observe community values, Pro-activeness refers to initiatives to promote human rights, help communities and protect our natural environment.

Legality

Blue Cube Travel will:

  • Respect the law
  • Honour its internal policies
  • Ensure that all its business operations are legitimate
  • Keep every partnership and collaboration open and transparent

Business ethics

Blue Cube Travel will always conduct its business with integrity and respect to human rights and will actively promote:

  • Safety and fair dealings
  • Honesty
  • Respect towards the Supplier, Client and Traveller
  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices
  • Human Rights (equal opportunity employment, gender equality and the modern slavery act)

Compliance refers to Blue Cube’s commitment to legality and willingness to observe community Values’, Pro-activeness refers to every initiative to promote human rights, help communities and protect our natural environment.

Human rights

Blue Cube Travel is dedicated to protecting human rights. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and abide by the Equality Act 2010. Blue Cube Travel will ensure there is no modern slavery in its business or supply chain in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Blue Cube Travel will ensure that our activities do not directly or indirectly violate human rights in any country e.g. forced or child labour.

Protecting people

Blue Cube Travel will ensure that it:

  • Does not risk the health and safety of our employees and community.
  • Avoids harming the lives of local and indigenous people.
  • Supports diversity and inclusion.

 

We also work with our customers to help them look after the physical and mental wellbeing of their traveller employees through our Beyond Booking™ programme. Find out more here…

Protecting and preserving the environment

Blue Cube Travel recognises the need to protect the natural environment. Keeping our environment clean and unpolluted is a benefit to all. Although our own service and operations have a small ecological footprint, we reduce the environmental impact of our business through preservation, renewable energy consumption, conservation, and waste reduction practices.

Of course, we understand that travel, and air travel, in particular, makes up a significant part of our customers’ carbon footprint. Quite rightly, there is a large focus on how all of us can reduce the CO2 emissions that this generates. For a Travel Management Company, this may seem to go directly against our business model – we do believe in the importance of carefully managed and regulated business travel to any organisation and the considerable economic and social benefits that can bring. However, that does not mean we do not all have a role to play in helping to address the current environmental challenge.

Blue Cube’s carbon footprint

We fully agree with the principle of reducing, reuse and recycle. Apart from legal obligations, Blue Cube proactively protects the environment. We use electronic communications within our organization and with clients to minimize the use of paper and have installed Cisco Webex video conferencing technology in all offices, to avoid unnecessary travel to meetings. All airline tickets are e-tickets and e-billing is our preferred method of issuing invoices.

In the office itself, we recycle glass, paper, plastics, metals, toner cartridges and IT equipment and work actively with our travel supplier partners to reduce the number of paper brochures, newsletters and promotional items we receive. Haven Power supplies 100% renewable energy to our Head office and is part of the Drax Group who are the single largest renewable energy generator in the UK.

We also have our own internal sustainability working group, who have implemented initiatives across the business, from sourcing more sustainable cleaning products and food for the kitchen, to selecting sustainable corporate gift suppliers and addressing the carbon footprint from our team’s commute to the office.

These initiatives will help to make Blue Cube become carbon neutral in 2020, on the way to our goal of being carbon-negative in the future.

Supporting the community

Blue Cube Travel is committed to supporting the local community and investing in educational programs for children. Blue Cube started an apprenticeship scheme in October 2015, to benefit young people in the local community around Richmond, who are interested in the Travel Industry. We work with an accredited apprenticeship organisation locally, who have been providing apprenticeship schemes in Richmond for 25 years. The apprenticeships are all backed with NVQ level 2-7 qualifications.

Blue Cube also donates monthly to CSEF, The Children’s Safety Educational Foundation, which is a charity endorsed by the NSPCC. We work with two primary schools (in Glasgow and Kew) and pay for a total of 250 key stage two pupils each year, to have the ‘Play Safe Stay Safe’ 13-step safety program.

Volunteering & fundraising

Blue Cube Travel also encourages employees and clients to donate or to engage in fundraising activities that benefit good causes. Our team can volunteer through programs organised internally or externally through clients or suppliers.

Each year, the Blue Cube team chooses a charity that has particular relevance to them and then undertakes various fundraising and volunteering activities throughout the year.

Our chosen charity for 2020, as voted by our staff is Mind. We have not been able to fundraise as much as normal and in light of Covid-19 and it’s aftermath feel that this charity is more important than ever. We shall, therefore, extend our partnership with Mind throughout 2021.

Blue Cube Travel is a regular contributor to the Veerni Project. The Veerni project was founded in 1993 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Veerni’s mission is to educate and empower adolescent girls from poor villages in the desert areas around Jodhpur, so they can lead healthy and productive lives, free from poverty, coercion and disease.

Blue Cube is committed to charitable causes. We also like to have a bit of fun as a team. If you would like to contact us about becoming one of our charity partners or an activity that we can get involved in, please do so here.

We review our partners annually and although we endeavour to respond to each request personally, that may not always be possible.

Please note: We know that our travel supplier partners are inundated with requests for prizes.  Unfortunately, this is not something we can assist with, as much as we would like to.