"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 marketplace, 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, staff involvement, affordable housing for teachers, endorsing healthy living, and promoting a sustainable environment.
Our 3 key areas
- 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), having a local school as a leading CSR partner, and continuing our support of ‘My Life’ workshops with 10 local secondary schools
- 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.
- Encouraging staff to undertake volunteering and mentoring – as ‘Surprisingly Different’ individuals, we encourage staff to give up at least one day a year to be a mentor for our ‘My Life’ school workshops or volunteer for a cause close to their hearts.
Supporting education and teachers
'My' Life Workshops
As a premium partner of workshop facilitators Destination Education, we fund whole day ‘My Life’ workshops for 10 local secondary schools: QE School, Avonbourne, Harewood, Ferndown Upper, Ringwood, Poole High, St Aldhelm’s, Bishop of Winchester and Corfe Hills. The workshops are hosted at venues including Rock Reef and Bournemouth Rugby FC, and are designed to help year 9 students with their GCSE options and future career plans.
Read more about the 'My' Life programme here.
Working with Schools
As well as supporting the Destination Education 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 is delighted to be sponsoring the 'Teaching Star of the Future' award in the 2017 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.
You can read more about the awards here.
Every month, staff at Teachers Building Society support a different charity by taking part in mufti days and various other fund raising events throughout the year. Staff independently take part in other fund-raising events - and Teachers Building Society are delighted to support their efforts!
Every year, the Society sends an e-Christmas Card and donates all the money saved on postage to Life Education Wessex.