Your World My World
British Study Centres is committed to sustainable development!
Our privileged position as educators is both a responsibility and an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and positively influence corporate social responsibility behaviour in the English language sector.
What is CSR?
Corporate Social Responsibility is about addressing our responsibility as an organisation to have a positive impact on the different people we associate with – our staff, students, owners, representatives, suppliers, the local and wider community.
What is BSC doing to embrace this challenge?
In April 2011, we undertook a substantial commitment and redefined our corporate social responsibility objectives. We set up the foundations of a 5-year plan with the intention of becoming a reference in our industry.
This plan illustrates the issues and outlines the implementation of concrete environmental & community actions across BSC to achieve CSR Certification.
Meet the Green Team
We formed a Green Team to lead the implementation of the plan. The team is made up of leaders from each of our adult English language schools who aim to assist their school in implementing CSR initiatives.
In time we hope more and more staff, and potentially students, from each school will be involved, too.
Green Team Manager
Hi! I'm Charles and I coordinate the Your World My World activities which each of our leaders implement in their schools. We established the initiative about 1 year ago as we wanted to make a positive contribution to our planet and the people who live on it; not something you always think about when your busy at work.
Green Team Leader (London)
It gives me a real sense of achievement knowing that the CSR practices I've put in place within our school are having a real positive affect on not just the environment, but also on our staff & students. Seeing the results of the amount of energy, cost & waste saved makes all your efforts worth while.
Green Team Leader (London)
The truth is that everything we do impacts on the planet. Good or bad! The good news is that as an individual you have the power to make a difference.
We can all make changes even by just turning off the lights when leaving a room.
Green Team Leader (Oxford)
We encourage our students to share airport transfers (taxis) in order to reduce their overall carbon footprint and we actively encourage our students to acquire bicycles or to buy passes for public transport while they are staying in Oxford (rather than using taxis!).
Green Team Leader (Brighton)
By producing less waste, consuming less paper and energy, and using resources more efficiently, the school can cut costs while enhancing the sustainability of its operations. In addition, acting responsibly toward the environment promotes good will among customers, business partners and employees.
Green Team Leader (Bournemouth)
Having grown up in the countryside, I have always had an affinity with nature and the environment and as such a need to protect and conserve it. Since we opened the school in Bournemouth Green affairs have always been on our agenda – from simple things like recycling to raising staff and student awareness of what they can do to help us protect our planet. It is, after all, all of our worlds.
Green Team Leader (Head Office)
Here at the head office we are thinking twice before we send a document off to the printer. We print on recycled paper and double-sided if possible. We believe everyone can do something, even little things do count and will some up into something big!
As part of our commitment to minimise the negative impact on the environment, we focus on several important aspects of our day-to-day operations.
The cleanest and cheapest energy is the energy
we don't use.
- Vending machines, water coolers and photocopiers are fitted with electronic timers so energy is not consumed overnight.
- Air-conditioning and PCs are switched off at the mains at the end of each day.
- We have replaced the majority of our lighting with the most efficient LED lights.
Separating waste, it's a small effort that makes
a big difference.
- Clearly labelled recycling bins are available at every school for staff and students for paper, cardboard, plastic and tin cans.
- We use recycled ink toners and also recycle them.
Think before you print!
- At our schools we print and photocopy double-sided when possible.
- FSC or PEFC certified paper is used to print brochures and fee sheets.
BSC supports fund-raising events and charities which, like our students, come from all over the world!
Students Choose Martlets Hospice as School's Charity for 2012
At BSC Brighton our students took part in a presentation competition to decide our main charity for 2011. The students worked in groups and applied their new English language skills to present to the school. Six groups presented their own thoughts covering the work of their charity. It was an educational and fun event that everyone really enjoyed. Read more »