As a global company, we leave a social footprint wherever we do business. Through our operations, we create employment, drive economic progress and foster social development.
Establishing strategic partnerships
There is growing recognition that long-term, strategic partnerships between businesses and third sector organisations can bring about lasting social benefits. Over the past couple of years, our businesses have received their own charities budget to support them in developing such partnerships, so that our professional skills and resources can help address local and regional challenges.
Some existing partnerships
Since July 2011, Informa has supported the Prince’s Trust, a national UK youth charity which works with disadvantaged youth not in education, employment or training. The Trust provides the young people with practical and financial support, helping them to develop key workplace skills and improving their confidence and motivation.
We offer support financially through our corporate donation and fundraising. Our staff also get directly involved by running workshops on CV writing and interview skills for the young people as well as taking them on placements in our businesses. Additionally, Informa teams have taken part in the Million Makers Corporate Challenge, creating mini enterprises to raise money for the Trust.
IIR Middle East, based in Dubai, has developed a partnership with the Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs. The Centre accommodates up to 300 children and runs a holistic programme addressing all areas of a child’s development with a view to integration into mainstream society. IIR Middle East’s partnership will see training opportunities offered to Al Noor’s staff, both for professional and personal development.
In 2012 IBI supported the Young Journalists’ Academy, a programme for 16 to 18-year-old London state school pupils who are interested in pursuing a journalism career, through sponsorship and pro bono work. Senior editors from Lloyd’s List presented on the future of journalism and the skills needed to succeed. Three ‘rising stars’ from the 30-strong group of participants subsequently enjoyed internships across IBI on Lloyd’s List, Scrip and The Public Ledger.
Go Bananas is our annual fundraising event, bringing together Informa employees across the world to support our charity partner, World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). Employees worldwide have fun taking part in a range of activities, from scavenger hunts to fun runs. In Regents Park, London, our CEO, Peter Rigby, runs in a banana suit with employees challenged to “beat the banana” in a race. While there may be more strategic ways to engage staff in community matters, we see Go Bananas as a flagship event that brings our diverse businesses together and builds teams and relationships locally.
Stop! for the Community
All Informa employees get one day off per year to volunteer in their local community. Staff can volunteer with a charity of their choice or take part in team volunteer days arranged with Informa’s charity partners like the Prince’s Trust. Our 2012 slideshow shows some examples of the different activities staff have gotten involved in.
Understanding our impacts
We are interested in understanding more systematically the social and economic impacts of our day-to-day business operations.
Informa currently works with PRELIMS - a collaboration of leading UK and US publishers who have been working together since 2003 to develop a common process to assess labour and environmental standards in the facilities that produce our products. Together we have established a Code of Conduct which sets out the standards we expect in the sites producing our products, wherever they may be located. Any supplier may be asked to undertake an audit against this Code of Conduct.
We also aim to better understand the socioeconomic footprint of our major events, i.e. the value created for our partners and the host community. Together with Informa Brazil we conducted a pilot study in 2012 to measure the social and economic impacts of Fispal, an annual packaging and logistics tradeshow in Sao Paolo. Indicators we focused on included economic spend, employment figures and training opportunities. Findings can be found in the ‘Our Community’ section of our 2012 CR report. We are conducting further studies with our major events in 2013.