Customers and suppliers
We help our customers and suppliers reduce their impact on the environment by creating more environmentally friendly, energy efficient IT service alternatives.
Colt's Network, Voice, Data Centre and IT services support lower emissions for our customers. For example, encouraging the use of communications services can help drive a reduction in business air travel.
We are well positioned to support our customers' own sustainability agenda, providing them with services based on our energy efficient infrastructures that can help them reduce their overall emissions.
Our Procurement and Supply department has surveyed the CSR activity of our top strategic suppliers. Our assessment included a number of ethical and environmental control measures, improving our existing knowledge of our strategic suppliers' CSR programmes and our capability to prevent CSR-related risks in our supply chain.
As at 31 December 2014 the Colt Group total employee base reflected a gender diversity of 24.2% female to 75.8% male. Following the appointment of Jennifer Uhrig on 1 January 2015, female representation on the Board has improved from 20% to 30% as from 1 January 2015.
Our people aim to create a great working environment for our employees. We believe that a diverse, motivated and values-driven workforce achieves more for themselves, those around them, and the business as a whole.
Our Code of Conduct ensures our conduct and responsibilities comply with all of the International Labour Organisation's Fundamental Principles. Completion is mandatory for all employees. We also support diversity and our equal opportunities policy, applicable in all of our regions, is designed to avoid discrimination in all aspects of the employment relationship.
As part of Colt's global presence we are able to enjoy a diverse workforce represented by 71 different nationalities. Colt's multicultural environment enables us to effectively work within the numerous communities in which we are based.
In 2014 we had the greatest employee involvement to date with local charities, supporting our common cause of enhancing the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, in the cities where we operate. Every Colt employee has two days a year to volunteer, either with our local charity partner, or for an organisation of their choice.
In 2014, Colt employees registered over 8,200 volunteering hours, up 99% on 2013.
Across Colt, we raised over €157,094 for charitable causes in 2014 (2013: €155,020), making it the highest value raised from a combination of annual employee fundraising (over €107,074) and Company donations (€53,020) since the start of the CSR programme.
We remain committed to CSR, having to date dedicated the equivalent of €0.9m in employee time to volunteering causes. Our goal is to have a measurable, positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children in the cities where we operate.