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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

  / Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

OBC desires to be a sustainable, socially responsible and pioneering private HEI on a local, national and global scale.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a kind of organisation self-regulation with the ambition of being socially accountable. OBC strongly believe in charitable activities without expecting to be reaping benefits and financially rewarded.

Strategic Goal

Strategic goal is to support, adopt and implement SDGs in governance, operations and culture.

OBC Sustainability Strategy

2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)— OBC has embedded SDGs and social responsibility (charity) in the success strategy.  A sustainable future depends on the choices and decisions about the education, environment, food security, health-well-being, gender issues, and energy use. These issues do not exist in isolation but interact to engender sustainability challenges.

OBC is poised to position itself as a leader in the pursuit of a better future through robust sustainability strategic goals embedded in its strategy.

Although the SDGs are interconnected, some are more relevant to OBC that others. We must identify the ones that are strongly associated to our strategic organisational interest.

Goals Brief Summary OBC Actions Evidence

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

  • More scholarships for deserving students
  • Student financial support
  • Developing employability skills, Creating part time jobs for deserving students at OBC.
  • Career Services
  • Students engagement by having debates on poverty and hunger-problems and solutions
  • Scholarship and bursary policy
The food and agriculture sector offer key solutions for development and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.
  • Avoid wasting food
  • Ethical consumption
  • Everyday austerity
  • Students engagement by having debates on poverty and hunger-problems and solutions
  • Ethical Behaviour Code for Staff and Students
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development
  • Student counseling and well being services
  • Training to  staff on first aid
  • Active lifestyle
  • Taking up an exercise regimen
  • Gym enrolment
  • Student guidance and support policy

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

 

  • Teaching observations and staff development
  • Continuous professional development of staff.
  • More appointments of PhDs
  • Inviting topic specialist guest speakers for students lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Academic support, Appointments of personal tutors
  • Provision of e-resources (ejournals and ebooks)
  • Widening participation of students
  • Academic Staff Recruitment Policy
  • Admissions Policy
  • Fitness to Study Policy
  • Academic Appeals Policy
  • Student Complaint Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Academic Freedom Policy
  • Attendance Policy
  • RPL Policy
  • Quality Assurance Policy
  • Staff Development Policy
  • Teaching Observation Policy
  • External Speakers’ Policy
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

  • The ration of men to women at the organisation.
  • Ratio of women to men at top management level
  • Maternity leave
  • Equal pay and progression
  • Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Recruitment and Selection Policy
  • Admission Policy
  • Anti bullying policy
  • Safe guarding Policy
  • Freedom of Speech Policy

Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.

  • Staff and students have easy access to free drinkable water
  • Safely managed sanitation services
  • Hand-washing facility with soap and water dispensers in the College and campuses
  • Separate toilets and washrooms for male and female
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Public Information Policy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

  • Motion sensor lights
  • Transition to renewables or hybrid energy source.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when you don’t need them
  • Make OBC facilities/buildings energy efficient
  • IT Rules
  • Email Account Usage Policy

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

  • Zero tolerance for racism
  • Dignity and respect at work for staff and students
  • Equal opportunities
  • Graduate employability
  • Two week professional development training of students at the end of the study
  • Equal Opportunity Policy
  • Anti bullying and Harassment Policy

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development

  • The Oxford Local Industrial Strategy drives Oxfordshire’s ambition to become one of the top three global innovation ecosystems by 2040.
  • Internship opportunities for students
  • Internship Policy

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

  • Supporting migrants’ rights in the UK
  • Promoting diversity
  • Opportunities for BAME
  • Respect all religions and nationalities
  • Plan to start free education in Pakistan by 2022
  • 10 full fee scholarships for students from developing countries
  • Class Representative Policy
  • Modern Slavery Policy
  • Equal Opportunity Policy

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Bike, walk or use public transport

  • Oxford and Cambridge could become the UK’s first true cycling cities.
  • Promote a car share scheme; many staff members share their cars with the staff.
 

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Recycle paper, glass, plastic, aluminum.

  • Choose brands/partners that align with your sustainability aspirations
  • Avoid wasting food
  • Sustainable procurement and purchasing
  • OBC promotes charity and often encourages staff and students to give used stuff to charity (such as heart foundation) rather than bin it.
  • OBC Charity

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

  • Oxford City had achieved its target of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions in 2020 on a 2005 baseline and set a date for a Zero Carbon Oxford summit. OBC feels, to some extend, contributed to this ambition.
  • Energy from Green Energy Supplier

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

  • OBC has provided staff members free reusable cups for tea and coffee.
 

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

  • Informally we encourage staff to maintain their garden if they have and encourage developing a kitchen garden. One of the senior staff members’ house name is “High Trees.”
 

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

  • Conducive environment for all (Staff and student)
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

The SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation.

 

  • The last of the UN SDGs is very broad, and achieving its targets is required if progress on any other 16 SDGs is to be achieved. SDG17 aims to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.”