Alan Wheelwright, HR Director
William Jackson Food Group
Corporate Social Responsibility
It is important to us that we are socially responsible as a company and we endeavour to do this in the following ways:-
We were very excited to introduce our first Christmas and Greetings Card competition for school students in 2013. We created a real life commission to give the students the experience of reading a specification, meeting its requirements and working to a deadline. Our aim was that the opportunity would give students some insight into the graphic design industry and perhaps encourage them to develop their skills and pursue a career in this area. We used the winning entries of the Christmas card competition in our retro e-Christmas Card inspired by Tony Hart’s Vision on and Take Hart. The winners of the greetings card competition were printed and we have used them as thank you and congratulations cards throughout the year.
We are keen to support events run by organisations in the charity, not-for-profit and education sectors either financially or by giving our time free of charge. Our MD speaks at a number of events and staff are given time to share their expertise, one of our associates (an ex-teacher) will be leading a group of Year 10 students in CV writing and interview techniques at a REC event.
Sarah Thewlis holds a number of Non-Executive positions including Vice Chair of Phoenix Futures, a national charity providing programmes to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol-related harm. She is on the Board of one of the schools that is part of the Greycoat Foundation, based in London and has recently been elected to the Board of the UK International Women’s Forum.
Each year we make a decision about which charities we will support in addition to our on-going support of Crisis at Christmas and attendance at the Christmas Carol concert at the Guards’ Chapel.
As a small company it is easy for us to ensure that paper, cartridges and batteries are recycled. As far as possible we deal with electronic documents rather than hard copies. In terms of transportation all staff members commute to work using a combination of public transport and walking.
We pride ourselves on our customer service and our commitment to long-term relationships with clients. It’s not unusual for clients to have been with us for over fifteen years.
We are supportive to both clients and candidates offering career counselling for candidates.
Our Insight Seminars give opportunities for thought leaders to discuss topics of mutual interest and exchange ideas under the Charterhouse rule. A professional account of the proceedings allows non-attendees to share the insights.
As a professional organisation we believe in the importance of sector regulation. To that end we are members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) having signed up to the REC Code of Professional Practice. Sarah Thewlis has recently been appointed Chair of the REC Association of Executive Recruiters.
How Thewlis Graham supports its employees.
Thewlis Graham Associates believes in a work/life balance and has a flexible approach to working hours to enable staff to work around train timetables, study commitments and leisure pursuits.
Some staff work part-time and/or remotely and one staff member has achieved a Masters whilst working for Thewlis Graham Associates and continues to work for us as a “Saturday girl” to support her studies financially.