"Corporate Social Responsibility is about doing our bit as a business to support teachers, give back to the community and extol the virtues of well being and sustainability, both in work and outside it."
- Jo McLean, HR Manager.
What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?
CSR refers to business practices involving initiatives that benefit society in a number of ways including the education sector, environment, community and workplace.
What does CSR mean for Teachers Building Society
Teachers Building Society has a CSR strategy in place to ensure it gives back to the education and local communities with charitable donations, colleague involvement, affordable housing for teachers, endorsing healthy living, and promoting a sustainable environment.
Our 4 key areas
- Environment and sustainability - We have pledged to help protect our planet in a variety of ways, you can read more about our environmental efforts here.
- Supporting education and teachers – as our founding purpose was to help teachers own their own homes, supporting teachers, schools and students is the primary aim of our CSR work. This includes our affinity partnership with the National Education Union (NEU).
- Helping the community – we encourage colleagues to give their time or volunteer to benefit the local community whether this is at a beach clean, at the Wimborne Food Bank or a local school. We also use local suppliers where possible.
- Affordable housing for teachers – we will support Government affordable housing initiatives, such as Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes. We also offer 95% mortgages for teachers and get help NQTs onto the property ladder.
Supporting education and teachers
The MARS Trust
The MARS Trust aims to introduce young people to the impact of using positive relationship skills and to help empower them to make informed relationship decisions. We are delighted to partner with the Trust and support them through sponsorship and volunteering.
Read more about the The MARS Trust here.
Working with Schools
As well as supporting The MARS Trust programmes, we also work with local schools in a variety of ways to support teachers and students - including helping with mock interviews to help students move into the world of work, teacher focus groups and financial / mortgage talks to teachers and students.
Teaching Star of the Future
Teachers Building Society was delighted to sponsor the 'Teaching Star of the Future' award in the 2019 Rock Star Awards.
Aimed at recognising and rewarding an inspirational teacher from Dorset or Hampshire at the start of their career it is open to all teachers and trainee teachers aged 26 and under.
Every month, colleagues at Teachers Building Society support a different charity by taking part in mufti days and various other fundraising events throughout the year. Everything raised by our colleagues is kindly matched by the Society. Our colleagues also independently take part in other fundraising events - and Teachers Building Society are delighted to support their efforts!