Ipsos is committed to its corporate responsibilities, through our Corporate Responsibility programme. We focus on contributing to local communities, in both a financial and employee-driven active way, as well as reducing our environmental impact, so making a positive contribution to the wider world. We have a Corporate Responsibility committee, with members from each of our offices around Australia (made up of staff volunteers) to drive local action and communicate our activities internally and externally.
Our efforts focus on the following areas:
Carbon footprint reduction plan
Ipsos endeavour to maintain our energy consumption in line with the Property Council of Australia’s (PCA) best practice benchmark for tenancy energy use, per year.
We launched a staff awareness campaign in 2010 to encourage people to reduce the amount they print, recycle waste paper, check whether clients need hard copy reports before printing, etc. Our staff awareness campaign also encourages people to turn off their PCs and monitors at night, turn off office lights, etc. Information on this is also included in training for new staff.
Recyclable material is extracted from our office waste, and recycling points are available on all floors of our main offices. Used printer cartridges are also recycled and overall, nearly half of the entire organisation’s waste is being recycled.
We use energy-efficient light bulbs wherever possible, and have installed sensor lights in all toilets. All photocopiers have timers to switch them off when not in use and as a default all PCs are set for optimal energy efficiency.
If you would like more information, please click here to view our latest energy and resource assessment report.
Partnership with a major charity
Ipsos Australia has formed an ongoing partnership with a major charity, nominated by Ipsos staff.
An essential part of the company’s corporate responsibility is working closely with this chosen charity through events, sponsorship, volunteer days and other opportunities for participation and support that arise.
Volunteer Community contribution
All permanent employees receive up to two days paid time to volunteer for community activities, either participating in centrally organised Ipsos events, or undertaking their own community activities.
Employee driven suggested sponsorship and donations
We ask staff quarterly to nominate charities or a cause they believe is in need of Ipsos’ support. Once a quarter, we undertake an employee-suggested goal and support the selected charity or cause through direct financial contribution, participation in fundraising, etc. Recent causes supported by Ipsos Australia have been tsunami relief in Japan, recovery and rebuilding in Christchurch, NZ following the earthquakes, recovery and rebuilding after the Queensland floods, and the Benevolent Society annual gala dinner.
Support of fundraising
In our matched giving scheme, it is Ipsos policy to match $ for $, any amount that a staff member raises through active participation and fundraising, for an internally approved charity or activity. The company will match the amount raised, up to $750 each time.
Responsible research practices
Ipsos prides itself on the high standards of professionalism and integrity shown in the research it conducts. We abide by all the relevant industry guidelines and codes of conduct, and have high levels of quality accreditation in place. This ensures we treat our respondents fairly, and give the highest standards of service to our clients.
The integrity of our work is particularly important when our research findings are published. Much of our research, particularly our work in the Social Research Institute in Public Affairs, has a potentially beneficial social impact and we have a responsibility to ensure that our research findings entering the public domain are credible and accurate.
Our company values outline how we expect people to behave towards one another within Ipsos, and these include integrity (our words are true and our actions and motives are in keeping with our values) and partnership (we value our differences and respect each other as individuals).