Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a term used to describe when businesses look beyond their initial duty to their staff and customers (or students in the case of a college), and acknowledge that their actions have a wider impact. Undertaking a programme of CSR activities encourages businesses to operate in more sustainable, ethical and charitable ways.
The College students, staff and governors take our social responsibilities very seriously and see this as an essential part of our business. As a large further education college and employer, we have a major role to play in the social and economic welfare of Plymouth and the wider region, and an ethical responsibility to our planet.
As part of the College experience, students are encouraged to consider their own social responsibility through the tutorial programme which covers citizenship and the five themes of Every Student Matters (being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic well-being). Social responsibility also underpins many of the activities supported by the Student Liaison team, and the College nominates a charity each year which fundraising activities support. You can link to our charity section to read about staff and students’ fundraising activities.
The College is committed to working positively to expand, develop and evaluate our sustainability programme to make sure that it contributes to the efficacy of the College, as well as being worthwhile. We believe in educating staff as well as students about sustainable issues to help encourage a behavioural change. Sustainability workshops are run during staff training days, and there is a sustainability section for staff on the College Moodle site. To find out more you can take a look at the College’s Sustainability Policy, which also highlights annual achievements and current targets set out by the Sustainability Working Group.
City College Plymouth works closely with businesses in the local community in a variety of ways. One example is through our Employer Partnership Scheme, which ensures we directly meet the training needs of the regions employers and maximises the employability of our students.