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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.

Growing talent in the Island’s financial services community

As a local employer Aspida is dedicated to helping develop home-grown talent to support the island’s globally respected financial services industry. 
 
Our unique Compliance Traineeship programme encourages the growth of new talent in one of the fastest growing careers sectors in financial services. It includes a fully funded training programme, with quick progression to managing solo projects and even a paid 4-week sabbatical to undertake voluntary work within the island on successful completion. 
 
Our recently launched Aspida Academy of Excellence signals our commitment to the personal support and professional development of our staff and is dedicated to developing core skills, including leadership talent, within our existing employee community.
 
Read more about Careers at Aspida here.

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.

Community Champions

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”.

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