Environmental and Social Policies

Environmental policy

The Board of Directors at White Clarke Group recognizes the clear benefits of conducting our business in an environmentally responsible and friendly manner, keeping up to date with changing environmental issues, and the need for compliance with legal requirements.

We are committed to preventing pollution and protecting the environment, and we recognize that this is obviously in everyone’s best interests – including our own employees and stakeholders – and contributes to a better quality of life, both now and for future generations.

White Clarke Group makes every effort to conserve natural resources, and we also encourage our staff to operate in an environmentally friendly manner.

We recognize that our activities have an environmental impact at local, national and global levels, and that even small contributions to the preservation of the environment are hugely important. We make every effort to conduct all our business activities and operations in line with best environmental practice and seek constant improvement across all Group activities.

White Clarke Group will constantly strive to improve environmental performance by:

  • Being efficient in our use of energy and natural resources, and by reducing consumption within our offices. For example, we encourage employees to switch off lights and appliances when not in use, and have an ongoing program to replace energy-inefficient technology.
  • Encouraging employees, wherever practical, to plan their work around public transport, share other forms of transport, and minimize use of energy-intensive transport. For example, we promote the Cycle to Work scheme internally, and also provide telephone- and video-conferencing facilities to minimize the need for travel at all.
  • Recycling ever-greater amounts of waste, including paper, cardboard, printer cartridges and aluminium cans.
  • Responsibly disposing of redundant and obsolete equipment, through third parties where necessary.
  • Encouraging the use of previously used paper internally.

All staff must be aware of their responsibility to operate within the law and to apply principles of best environmental practice.

Social responsibility policy

The White Clarke Group takes its social responsibility seriously and is committed to:

  • Promoting equal opportunities, as detailed in our equal opportunities policy.
  • Protecting the environment, as detailed in our environmental policy.
  • Promoting efficient working practices. For example, our business consultants bring extensive sector knowledge and technical expertise to achieve business process and performance improvement, and we have embedded efficiency programs in our own product processes.
  • Offering work experience and internships to first-time job seekers in offices all around the world.
  • Checking that our suppliers and clients work to ethical and fair processes, and that they also adhere to employment and environmental legislation in the countries in which they operate.

Supporting charities

As a key player in the automotive finance sector, White Clarke Group is especially pleased to support BEN, a charity dedicated to helping around 15,000 people with auto industry connections. Their problems range from disability or sickness to loneliness, poverty and debt.

BEN provides award-winning care to 350 older or disabled people in its four residential centers, where residents are cared for by nurses, support staff and physiotherapists. Its day-care center means automotive workers can earn their living while BEN staff look after their elderly relatives.

Other charities supported by White Clarke Group include:

  • Herts Air Ambulance – a charity providing a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). Accidents and illnesses happen and when they do, patients, whatever their age, circumstances or location need specialist treatment fast.
  • Epilepsy Society – a national epilepsy medical charity working for everyone affected by epilepsy through research, awareness campaigns and expert care.
  • Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity that provides practical, medical and financial support to families suffering from cancer. The organization provides nurses, therapists, help with treatment, and volunteers to give a helping hand.
  • Remount – a charity dedicated to helping Armed Forces personnel return to civilian life, addressing the practical side of change, the psychological effects of loss, loneliness and a shift in culture.
  • Willen Hospice – a charity that provides specialist palliative care and support for families. Their vision is to be the lasting and thriving provider of free care to all people affected by life limiting illness in its local community.
  • Movember – the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.
  • Cancer Research UK