Corporate Social Responsibility has been at the very core of Aspida Group since its beginnings
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Corporate Social Responsibility has been at the very core of Aspida Group since its beginnings. We are delighted that this has been recognised with the award of Community Champion by ESI Monitor https://esimonitor.org/about/ following their independent accreditation process.
At its core, Aspida provides extensive pro-bono professional services, time and practical support to charities in Guernsey, Malta and the UK.
Aspida’s commitment extends to the environment where it has undertaken to achieve similar high standards through the ESI Environment Charter as well as supporting Guernsey sustainability finance commitments.
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Aspida gears up to support Cycle Safe campaign
Aspida Group is delighted to be sponsoring Island FM’s Cycle Safe campaign.
As part of the campaign, Aspida are supporting interactive learning sessions being delivered in local schools by the Island FM team, as well as providing certificates for all the children attending and a cool Aspida reflective bag attachment. Pupils will also have an opportunity to enter a competition to win a bike from Ian Browns.
As cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road user groups Aspida wanted to get involved with a campaign which promoted the many benefits of cycling, but more importantly had a core aim of educating people about the risks and how to best manage them. There is also a key focus in this year’s campaign on not just educating cyclists about their risks but making other road users more aware of the risks they represent to cyclists and how to share the road more responsibly with them.
Wayne Bulpitt, Aspida Co-Chair comments
“At Aspida the main focus of our business is helping clients anticipate and manage the risk on the (metaphorical) road ahead and that’s what our services like risk assurance, regulatory compliance and corporate governance aim to do. However, as well as being a business with a global focus, we’re also a very community focused organisation so helping to promote crucial awareness of road risk, and how to manage that risk as a vulnerable road user, fits in well with both our risk management focus and our community/CSR aims as a Guernsey business.”
Aspida’s cycling champion (and Head of Operations & Cyber Security) Sarah Sarre says
“What we’re very keen to get across in the campaign are not just safety messages for those already cycling (or considering starting to) but to all road users. As we said before, cyclists are amongst the most vulnerable road users and are at risk from other road users such as motorists, and even pedestrians. It’s also a great opportunity to get our own team to think about getting on their bikes, but doing so safely”
Here are some helpful links to keep everyone from pedestrians to bus drivers safe on the roads.
Family cycling and safety
Cycling at junctions
Aspida staff volunteer their time at The Accidental Zoo!
Aspida were so pleased to be able to assist The Accidental zoo with their preparations for their upcoming open days as part of our local CSR contributions and demonstrates our commitment to the environment and community.
Our teams worked very hard over two days to help them dig a 4’ soak away for the hand washing station, deconstruct the spare emu house, build roughly 18 benches, build up the area around the duck pond, cleared away stinging nettles, brambles and thistles, moved logs, pine cones, woodchip, spare pallets and heras panels, stripped Christmas trees for children to make into crafts, built Tortoise runs, created steps, painted duckling and chicken coops, swept up sheep poo and of course fed the baby lambs and calves!
Take a look at our photos of the Aspida team in action doing their bit for the community on our Facebook page.
Everyone was rewarded with an ice-cream, cake and certificate and we are looking forward to our next CSR event!
Aspida staff dig deep to help uncover a lost piece of island history
Community spirited employees at our Guernsey offices recently gave up their weekend to lend a hand to a clearance project which has unexpectedly unearthed a piece of island heritage.
Whilst trying to provide a local housing association site (La Nouvelle Maraitaine) with some much needed outdoor space on the site of a filled in 19th century quarry, volunteers uncovered the remains of a previously forgotten 17th/18th century farmhouse .
Local historians and archaeologists have been consulted and think that parts of the farmhouse could possibly date from anywhere between 1650 and 1787, with the quarry itself possibly having being established in the late 1800s.
Aspida staff (working with volunteers from community group Art of Living) spent their Saturday clearing trees and undergrowth from the site to improve access.
A social committee was formed by Aspida employees shortly after the group merged with the idea of organising a variety of events which could provide team building activities, but also allow Aspida to support community concerns in Guernsey. Activities so far have included bell ringing and a charity bake-off.
Aspida hosts Costa Rican Ambassador for talks on Carbon Off-Setting Strategy
We were delighted to welcome His Excellency Mr Rafael Ortiz Fábrega, Ambassador of Costa Rica and Jorge Aguilar, Costa Rico’s Minister Council, to the Aspida offices last week. The dignitaries were making their very first visit to the island to meet with local Green Business leaders to discuss carbon off-setting strategies.
The official visit (although designed with an eye to the future of sustainable investment) has its roots in history, with the aim of building on the links between the jurisdictions through the story of William Le Lacheur, a Guernsey sea captain who played an important role in the economic and spiritual development of Costa Rica.
We were delighted to welcome His Excellency Mr Rafael Ortiz Fábrega, Ambassador of Costa Rica and Jorge Aguilar, Costa Rico’s Minister Council, to the Aspida offices last week. The dignitaries were making their very first visit to the island to meet with local Green Business leaders to discuss carbon off-setting strategies. The official visit (although designed with an eye to the future of sustainable investment) has its roots in history, with the aim of building on the links between the jurisdictions through the story of William Le Lacheur, a Guernsey sea captain who played an important role in the economic and spiritual development of Costa Rica.
Entrepreneur Marc Laine, above, and the team behind the environmental accreditation company ESI Monitor, held the meeting at our offices to reflect Aspida’s commitment to supporting and advising global businesses in developing sustainable business strategies, and is a key part of the Guernsey Green Finance initiative. The meeting yesterday discussed the potential opportunity for the establishment and management of a ‘gold standard’ reforestation scheme, in the name of Guernsey in Costa Rica. Mr Laine explained to the Costa Rican visitors how Guernsey is sometimes coined a tax haven, but that the island would like to gain a reputation as a green haven instead.
‘There comes a time when businesses can save [on emissions] no more and offsets become a really attractive option. Not only do you enhance the reputation of your business and satisfy your conscience, but every time you offset you enhance Guernsey’s reputation as a serious player in this space,’ he said.
‘[This reforestation scheme] could be a major contributor to developing our green finance industry, underpin the island’s green credentials and mitigate the island’s business carbon footprint.’
The Environmental & Social Impact Monitor was established by Mr Laine to develop Guernsey as a leading centre for green and sustainable business and finance. It awards and accredits organisations using an internationally benchmarked environmental framework. Long-term, one of the ambitions is to be able to sell the product internationally once the reputation of a gold standard scheme has been achieved with the work of local professionals.
He added: ‘We love the idea of creating something in the name of Guernsey and William Le Lacheur [so] that forever there’s a piece of Guernsey in Costa Rica that both businesses and citizens have contributed to.’
Also at the meeting was lawyer Claire Smith who has over 20 years of experience in environmental law, founder and managing director of Innovest Advisory, Justin Sykes, auditor for EY and keen environmentalist, Jordan Tostevin, former civil servant Jon Buckland and Aspida Group joint-chairperson Wayne Bulpitt, all of whom were in support of establishing a reforestation team.
Mr Bulpitt said he was delighted to be able to work with His Excellency and ESI Monitor to investigate commercial opportunities to develop products and services in this area. After the meeting, Mr Laine said the talks were incredibly positive and an agreement was reached on some of the next steps.
ESi Monitor, Guernsey’s leading independent organisation that aims to instil a consciousness of sustainability through the process of business accreditation, has afforded Aspida Group with its “Community Champion” accreditation.
ESi Monitor describes organisations receiving this accreditation as “demonstrating their commitment to the environment, community or both and encourages others to reward these organisations with their custom to help drive the benefits”.
Wayne Bulpitt, Joint Chair, Aspida Group, adds “the businesses that came together to form Aspida have always had corporate social responsibility at the very core of their values, so whilst it has been little surprise to be recognised in this way, the extent of the contribution made to the local community, especially through the provision of pro bono professional services as well as more practical support, reminds the whole team of the significant impact they have across the wider Guernsey community”.