Charitable giving is extremely important to us and to date BE Offices has donated over £1.5m to various charities. We support various causes throughout the year including annual fixtures such as the Paddington Dragon Boat Race in aid of COSMIC (Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care), the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the Standard Chartered Great City Race (this year supporting Futuremakers, a global initiative to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion for young people in our communities), and our ongoing support for Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity for which, in 2019, we were recognised with the Community Engagement Award from the Flexible Space Association.
Our social impact extends to how we treat our staff, who as well as being supported with generous benefits and a comprehensive set of HR policies, are also provided with multiple health and wellbeing initiatives which include:
- Height adjustable desks
- Biophilic installations
- Team socials
- Fresh fruit
- Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
- Mental Health First Aiders
- Free gym access
Staff are encouraged to utilise their three paid volunteering leave days every year to support a cause of their choosing. From volunteering at a food bank to lending careers advice to students, working in community gardens to supporting SMEs with their own responsible business practice, we donate hundreds of volunteering hours every year.
In addition, all staff are invited to apply for our annual two-week, all expenses paid, overseas volunteering trip for two employees. Previously volunteers have worked at an orphanage in Cambodia, worked with street children and girls rescued from human-trafficking in Nepal, cared for animals and elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand, worked on a reef conservation project in Belize and at a turtle conservation project in Costa Rica.