The Company is committed to having a positive impact on the communities in which its businesses operate and looks to support its local communities through employment, becoming involved in local events and fundraising activities, charitable donations, sponsorships of local teams and donations of floorcovering products for specific projects.
The Company actively encourages its businesses to support local charitable organisations, providing assistance to do so, and also has a policy in place to match individual’s charity fundraisings under its Employee Donation Scheme and allow employees paid time off work to undertaken chartable duties.
Charitable donations made during the year in support of charitable causes in local communities, nationally, and those of interest to employees amounted to £33,483 (2016: £20,180). In addition, employees participated in a variety of fundraising activities and supported charities local to their businesses.
While the Company does not support a specific charity or community it has been a member of the Pennies from Heaven payroll giving scheme since 2011 and matches the charitable donation made by its employees under the scheme. In 2017, the Company made an overall contribution of £10,098.68 to Pennies from Heaven on behalf of itself and its employees.
In conjunction with the first employee survey held in 2017, the Company donated £5 on behalf of each employee who completed it, raising a total of £5,430 for the chosen charities of Cancer Research UK, Make-A-Wish UK and Age UK.
In early 2018, a member of the Board and two of the Senior Management team became members of The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (referred to as The Furniture Makers' Company). The Furniture Makers’ Company, incorporating the Furnishing Trades Benevolent Association and one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, aims to promote, encourage and foster the craft and industry of furnishing and furniture and its ancillary activities in the United Kingdom, advance education in the industry; and relieve financial hardship of present and past employees of the industry, their families, relatives and dependents.
During March 2018, the Company will donate flooring to Sebastian’s Action Trust for their second purpose-built family respite facility being built in Berkshire. Sebastian’s Action Trust supports families of life-limited and seriously-ill children and through its facilities offers respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together.