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ECD Architects is committed to a set of core CSR principles

We care about the way we do business and we’re proud that we do it responsibly, professionally and ethically. We have developed a CSR strategy that reflects our commitment to working together with our staff, our clients and the community around us to ensure that any impact we make on the world is for the better.

Investing in Communities

We believe in giving something back and supporting the local communities in which we operate.

Working closely with our staff and clients we identify opportunities to interact with and support local communities and charities to make a positive difference to people’s lives. We do this through a range of initiatives focussed on supporting local community interest groups, education and work placement initiatives, and charitable donations and volunteering.

For 2018 we are proud foundation members of Heart of the City.

Charity of choice

Our charity of choice, voted for by our staff is CRASH, who work tirelessly on creating places that care for people who are homeless or have life limiting illnesses.

We support them in raising money through a number of company charity initiatives. We are proud to have raised £5631.50 in 2017 through our staff efforts organising and contributing to pub quizzes, bake sales, half marathons, Bear Grylls survival challenges and Santa fun runs to name a few events.

Volunteering programme

In partnership with Benefacto volunteering programme we actively participate in projects aimed at supporting and developing local communities and charities through  volunteering our time and skills.

We encourage all our staff to be active in the community and in 2017, 67% of staff participated in a days volunteering. Every employee is entitled to a days paid leave to devote to volunteering.

Alongside our community investment on projects we also participated in:

  • Arts club for disadvantaged young people develop and express themselves through art
  • Bankside Open Space Trust – environmental and volunteering charity working with people to maintain public parks and gardens in SE1.
  • Glengall Wharf Garden – helping maintain a local community garden
  • Helping prepare, cook and serve food at local canteens for homeless in London Boroughs
  • Distributing food that would have been supermarket waste with FareShare to local community charities and groups within London boroughs
  • Repairing second hand bikes to donate them to asylum seekers for their own use.
  • Training 16-26 year old young care leavers to give them the skills and confident to find employment with Drive Foundation

Valuing People

We are committed to creating a working environment where our staff can flourish and achieve their personal and professional goals. We know that establishing a workplace where people feel motivated, supported and connected doesn’t just help them – it also helps us to attract and retain the best people. We want all of our staff to be happy, challenged and fulfilled in their roles so we invest in their development through training and mentoring, skills development and leadership programmes to enable all individuals to achieve their full potential and do a great job for our clients.

We know that it’s our people who make our business successful and we believe that they should be rewarded accordingly and share in its progress and success. In recognition of this we provide competitive market salaries and a range of benefits and social events that demonstrate our commitment to staff well-being both professionally and personally and that contribute to an enjoyable, safe and supportive working environment for all.

We believe that everyone should be treated as individuals, fairly and with respect. Our staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages and their varied knowledge and experience is a source of new ideas and creativity. Teamwork, collaboration and sharing of experience is also very important to us and our approach to doing business.

Commitment to the Environment

We feel that our success as a business should not come at the cost of the environment, so we strive to operate in ways that minimise our own environmental impact and promote good environmental practice. Whether we are saving costs by reducing energy consumption or creating desirable buildings through innovative, sustainable design, reducing our impact on the environment is very important to us.

As designers of buildings and the built environment we believe that we have a special responsibility to help create buildings and environments that are sensitive to the environment and sustainable in the long term. To this end we set and follow best practice in our work. We incorporate technical developments, costs and client concerns and expectations in the design and construction of all of our projects.

We are committed to continuing to operate with respect for the environment in all our activities while growing our position as an industry leader in sustainability.

We hold the accreditation to ISO 14001 for our Environmental Management System.

Vision and Values

Our vision is to become a leading provider of professional property consultancy services to clients in the public and private sectors. We aim to become the partner of choice for clients and the employer of choice for staff.

Our Responsible Business Report for 2017

A round up of the Group's Responsible Business Activities over the past year.

Our Policies

ECD Architects has in place a formal Quality Management System that accords with the principles set out in the internationally recognised standard ISO 9001:2015.

Our People

We aim to deliver high quality design solutions that meet the needs and exceed the aspirations of our clients.