Corporate Social Responsibility Statement

European Partner Solutions is dedicated to addressing ethical, environmental and social needs in all of our business dealings with our customers, partners and associates and with all of our stakeholders. We act as a good corporate citizen in all business activities in all areas of the world.

We recognise the obligations we have towards our partners, subcontractors, competitors, stakeholders and the living environment. We believe that our reputation, and the trust and confidence of those with whom we engage, will be considered a desirable asset.  We demand a strong professional and ethical approach when carrying out any of our business activities.

All associates, partners and sub-contractors are required to abide by our Code of Conduct which outlines our core approach to all business dealings.  The protection of our professional integrity is of fundamental importance and all associates and partners are aware of the consequences of non conformance.  Our Code of Conduct helps to protect our reputation and thus maintains confidence.

Our People

We actively support the development of our associates and partners including formal development, discussions and structured programmes of professional development.  Support of our people is based on the transfer, exchange and creation of knowledge towards our corporate objectives and thus be the driving force behind our innovations and improvements

European Partner Solutions is a meritocracy at heart and rewards its partners and associates based on their abilities, contributions and achievements. We embrace diversity and respect for different cultures and local needs.  People and associates from both genders, from different nations, cultures, ethnic groups, generations and backgrounds are all welcome to become involved in improving the solutions delivered to our clients.

Health and Safety

European Partner Solutions aims to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all our people, outside contractors and visitors, not only on our premises, but also for those partners, associates and contractors working on client sites.  The partnership aims to comply with all relevant local legislation or regulations and best practice guidelines recommended by national health and safety authorities.  We also liaise with associates regarding our policies and practices so that we can continue to maintain a healthy, safe and enjoyable environment.

The Environment

By the nature of our operations we believe that our actions have a minimal impact upon the environment. However we endeavour to reduce any areas of environmental impact and adopt a culture of reduce – reuse – recycle.

In the course of our operations we aim to identify opportunities to reduce consumption of energy, water and other natural resources.  We reuse and recycle whenever possible and dispose of non-recyclable materials in a responsible way.

Our Work in the Community

Involvement in the local community is of paramount importance to European Partner Solutions. We believe that helping the local community is not just something we choose to do but is actually an important part of our business.

We understand that local businesses and communities are closely linked and that we can have a significant impact on communities as a whole.  We play an active role in contributing to these communities through the support of our partners and associates who take part in activities organised both by the partnership and by themselves.  Our partners are involved in regional Chambers of Commerce, local council initiatives and other business group activities.  We also provide work placements for local students and support for educational establishments.

The partnership supports a number of national and local charities and, in recognition of her fundraising activities since 2008, founding partner Ina Schmidt has been made Patron of the Merseyside branch of the British Red Cross.

Our Ethical Policy

European Partner Solutions supports the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through its business practices.  This means that we support freedom from torture, unjustified imprisonment without fair trial and any other oppression. In addition, we support the right of any individual to have freedom of expression and religion, political representation or in respect of any other matter.

Accordingly, we will not support, or work with, organisations which fail to uphold basic human rights within their influence, which are involved in the manufacture or transfer to an oppressive regime, or are involved in the manufacture of, equipment used in the violation of human rights. Nor will we engage with organisations involved in the funding of, or carrying out of, terrorist activities.

We do not use forced labour nor employ workers under the school-leaving age. We will not provide support for, or work with, organisations which do not conform to the most widely accepted standards for minimum labour rights or which do not cover the use of under-age or forced labour.

We do not give or receive any bribes, extra contractual gratuities, inducements, facilitation fees or similar payments.

We do not donate (including sponsorship, subscriptions or provision of employee time or facilities) to any political party or similar organisation.

We ensure we purchase legal licenses’ to all software in use.

We try to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest between partner’s private financial activities and their part in the conduct of EPS businesses.

We will not tolerate discrimination, bullying or any other kind of harassment within our business community. The concept of ’mutual respect’ will be one of our guiding principles.