EcoVadis Bronze

In October 2023 we were awarded a Bronze EcoVadis Medal.

What is Ecovadis? It’s a globally recognized assessment platform that rates businesses’ sustainability based on four key categories: environmental impact, labour and human rights standards, ethics, and procurement practices.

What does it mean? Getting a bronze medal placed us among the Top 50% of companies assessed by EcoVadis. We’ve been recognised as doing some pretty amazing things in the way we operate our business and as a services organisation, we are extremely proud to be awarded this accreditation.

To celebrate the completion of the assessment, EcoVadis planted a tree on our behalf through their partnership with One Tree Planted.

A priority at Opticore is to continue to work on improving our sustainability and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG).

Our practices

Opticore is dedicated to protecting human rights. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and will abide by all fair labour practices. We’ll ensure that our activities do not directly or indirectly violate human rights in any country or state. Our approach to this can be evidenced through documentation such as:

  • ISO 27001 Information Security Management Certificate
  • Modern Slavery Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Public Interest Disclosure Whistleblowing Policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Bribery Policy

Our work environment

At Opticore, we recognise that our people are our greatest asset. We understand the importance of providing the right support mechanisms to our workforce as well as offering ample opportunities that challenge them to be the best version of themselves. Their success as individuals will become our success as a team.

With this, we have several policies and procedures in place to ensure our colleagues are healthy, happy, and supported throughout their time at Opticore.

  • Investors in People Silver Certification
  • Well-Being Strategy 2023-2026
  • Qualified Mental Health First Aiders
  • Up-to-date Employee handbook
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Employee contract
  • RAMS and site procedure protocols
  • Home working risk assessment
  • Flexible working options
  • D&I Policy
  • Training, Learning & Development Policies
  • Equality & Diversity Learn & Lunch sessions

Sustainability

Opticore recognises the need to protect the natural environment. Keeping our environment clean and unpolluted is a benefit to all. Stewardship plays an important role in our working environments which closely aligns with our Green Mission Statement.

At the start of 2023, we introduced an inaugural annual sustainability focus area and supporting campaign. We aim to do our bit as an organisation to reduce our impact on the world around us. This year the campaign was titled “Going Green for ‘23” and we couldn’t have had a greater response across the board. The hugely successful sustainability push was created by the Green Team but more importantly, 12 empowered team leaders from across the business enthusiastically drove the campaign to success. More details below.

ITV Home Planet for Opticore

In January 2023 we teamed up with ITV to launch an exclusive app for our staff that aimed to positively improve our environmental impact through healthy competition. The app offered a fun and creative way to make positive change by gamifying sustainable living.

Our staff gained access to lots of easy tips across different categories, and each time they actioned one of the tips, like using a refillable water bottle instead of a plastic bottle, they earned a planet point for their team. Some tips were second nature, but not all.

At the end of our competition phase, we awarded the team with the most planet points a sustainable prize. But the biggest prize was that we were all doing our bit to act on the climate crisis, making personal changes and contributing to making Opticore a more sustainable business.

We’d like to thank ITV for their support in developing and launching our competition – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Supporting the community

Here at Opticore, we’re honoured to partner with Spread a Smile. They’re an incredible charity that brings joy and laughter to seriously ill children and teenagers during long hospital stays.

Everyone at Opticore cannot wait to help add a little more magic to the children’s lives. Our staff are incredible at offering their time to volunteer or jump at the chance to fundraise in any way they can. Here are a few examples of the support we have provided in recent years.

  • Half Marathon fundraising
  • Ride 100 LondonEssex Cycle fundraising
  • Kilimanjaro Climb fundraising
  • Sponsorship at Annual Golf Day
  • Sponsorship at Annual Football tournament
  • Sponsor Therapy Dog visits
  • Volunteer at the Summer Party
  • Gift wrap Christmas presents
  • World Book Day parcel service
  • Quiz Night fundraising

See how you can support Spread a Smile here.