World Sport Profile UNGC Communication on Progress 2013-2014

Participant
Published
  • 2014/10/26
Time period
  • October 2013  –  October 2014
Format
  • Stand alone document – Basic COP Template
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Active level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
 
  • Statement of continued support by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Statement of the company's chief executive (CEO or equivalent) expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the company's ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.

  • Statement of continued support

    October 26th 2014

    To our stakeholders and members:

    I am pleased to confirm that World Sport Profile reaffirms its support of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
    In this annual Communication on Progress we describe our actions to continually improve the integration of the Global Compact and its principles into our business strategy, culture and daily operations. We also commit to share this information with our stakeholders & members using our primary channels of communication.

    Yours sincerely

    Timothy Cornwall
    Chief Executive Officer

Human Rights
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of human rights for the company (i.e. human rights risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on Human Rights.

  • World Sport Profile actively supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We will not carry out business in any country where flagrant human rights abuses are known to occur.

    World Sport Profile has a Dignity at Work Policy and aims to promote a workplace which recognises and respects individual difference and which challenges harassment and bullying head on; WSP recognises it as destructive, to the recipient as to the proponent and is committed to ensuring that all our staff are treated fairly and with respect.

    WSP encourages its entire staff to strive towards a healthy work-life balance.

    In the coming year World Sport profile will work with our sponsors, partners and clients to see if they are signatories to the Global Compact, and if they are not to actively encourage them to support and join the United Nations Global Compact.

    Violence and threatening behaviour in the workplace will not be tolerated. Likewise, working under the influence of alcohol or other legal and illegal drugs and substances undermine our efforts to promote a safe working environment and will not be tolerated at any time.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement Human Rights policies, address Human Rights risks and respond to Human Rights violations.

  • World Sport Profile has a Grievance Procedure in place. Our Disciplinary and grievance procedures provide a clear and transparent structural framework with which to deal with difficulties which may arise as part of our working relationships.
    These procedures are necessary to ensure that everybody is treated in the same way in similar circumstances, to deal with issues fairly and reasonably.

    Where there are changes within the organisation and its operations, consultative meetings are held to ensure staff members are fully involved in the process, and are able to highlight issues of concern.

    We have a range of Human Resource policies which reflect World Sport Profiles pro-active stance on human rights including our Dignity at Work Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy and Flexible Working Policy.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • In the past year World Sport Profile has not been subject to any investigations, legal cases or incidents involving Human Rights violations.

    Our internal procedures and staff bonding days have harmonised working relations, as well as increasing staff awareness of cultural, gender, sexual orientation and physical differences aiding them to develop policies and channels with which to deal with human rights.

    We hold management meetings on a monthly basis to review our Human Rights & Labour Policies and any suggestions that are made, are logged on a register.

Labour
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of labour rights for the company (i.e. labour rights-related risks and opportunities). Description of written policies, public commitments and company goals on labour rights.

  • World Sport Profile will not do business with any organisation who uses forced or child labour.

    All full time World Sport Profile employees are issued with a contract of employment which clearly states their terms and conditions including pay rates and overtime pay arrangements.

    The WSP Company Handbook which includes information on standard terms and conditions of employment, company benefits, company rules, grievance and disciplinary procedures is available to employees in digital form and can be accessed through a variety of mediums.

    WSP will reserve the right to uncouple itself from any partnership, where the partner company displays or acts in direct opposition to the principles of the UNGC and does not adhere to UN labour laws.

    WSP supports the eight fundamental conventions set out by the ILO, which cover the areas of freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation and every human beings fundamental right to work.

    World Sport Profile has developed policies and systems that ensure we do not engage companies with a questionable record regarding labour rights; we have recently introduced a client questionnaire form that helps us establish the performance in the field of Labour rights of any company who wishes to engage us.

    World Sport Profile will ensure that all agency workers and temporary staff are treated in a fair and reasonable manner.

    World Sport Profile complies with all relevant health and safety legislation and provides a range of different safety related training to staff as appropriate to their role within the WSP Group.

    We actively monitor and comply with the following acts and legislation:

    • Health & Safety Regulations - www.hse.gov.uk/legislation
    • Environmental Regulations - http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/netregs/
    • Employment law and Information Security Regulations – www.Direct.gov.uk
    • Data Protection Act 1998
    • Employment Act 2008
    • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
    • The Computer Misuse Act 1990
    • Disability & Discrimination Act & Equality Act

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions taken by the company to implement labour policies, address labour risks and respond to labour violations.

  • World Sport Profile consults with employees on a quarterly basis appraising staff of what WSP has achieved, where the management team envisages the company going and thanking employees who have made a specific contribution.

    World Sport Profile has a range of Human Resource Policies which support best practice in terms of labour and employment which includes our Equal Opportunities Policy, Appraisal Procedure and Flexible Staff Working Policy.

    World Sport Profile has also just published a confidential Whistle-blowing Policy to:

    1) Provide avenues for WSP employees to raise concerns about malpractice or wrongdoing in confidence and receive feedback on any action taken.
    2) Ensure that staff members receive a response to concerns that are raised and that they are aware of how to pursue them if you are not satisfied.
    3) Reassure staff that they will be protected from possible reprisals, harassment or victimisation if they make a disclosure in good faith.

    WSP will reserve the right to uncouple itself from any partnership, where the partner company displays or act in direct opposition to the principles of the UNGC and does not adhere to UN labour laws.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • At the most senior level WSP staff members are drawn from a range of ages, cultures and nationalities. World Sport Profile works in areas which are, by their nature, heavily male dominated, for example Sports management, but this in no way reflects our approach to encouraging and promoting staff within World Sport Profile.

    We run annual appraisals quarterly to identify personal development needs and training requirements and these are put into practice, where ever and whenever financially possible.

    World Sport profile aims to promote labour rights while advertising for new staff and maintain ongoing support for our diverse workforce throughout the coming year.

    World Sport Profile has not been involved in any investigations, legal cases or other relevant events related to the contravention of the Global Compact Labour principles.

    WSP has not been subject to any health and safety statutory notices or prosecutions in the last year.

Environment
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of environmental protection for the company (i.e. environmental risks and opportunities). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on environmental protection.

  • World Sport Profile has written Corporate Environmental Policy.

    World Sport Profile has a Sustainability Policy, Environmental Policy and a specific Policy on Sustainable Management of Live Events and our workshops.

    World Sport Profile staff members will comply with, and where practicable exceed, the requirements and targets set by existing environmental legislation and regulations and to plan ahead for future compliance.

    In the coming year World Sport Profile main environmental targets are:

    1) Increasing our percentage of recyclable waste
    2) Reducing fossil fuel costs and use across the business by 12%

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement environmental policies, address environmental risks and respond to environmental incidents.

  • World Sport Profile has sustainability officer who promotes environmental initiatives. We have provided training in waste separation and recycling to all our staff.

    At our new offices we have motion sensitive lighting throughout our offices to reduce energy costs. We also have a building management system which centrally controls heating and air handling.

    World Sport Profile will provide and maintain so far as practicable a pollution free environment for our personnel and the wider community in which they interact.

    World Sport Profile believes that every one of our personnel should have a personal and collective responsibility to protect the environment, to promote the use of sustainable resources and to improve process efficiency.

    We have a policy for car-sharing wherever possible and we use telephone-conferencing wherever possible and our staff, so far as reasonably practicable will use transport means that minimises pollution and the consumption of non-renewable resources.

    All toner cartridges are recycled. Printing is kept to an absolute minimum.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates environmental performance.

  • World Sport Profile has not had any environmental incidents within the last year and has not been subject to any statutory notices or prosecutions.

    World Sport Profile uses licensed waste companies for disposal of waste and senior management will conduct periodic reviews of results and reports.

    WSP will engage external auditors to monitor and substantiate environmental performance

Anti-Corruption
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of anti-corruption for the company (i.e. anti-corruption risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on anti-corruption.

  • World Sport Profiles senior management team has received a briefing on the Bribery Act and we will not participate in any corruption, bribery or extortion. World Sport Profile supports the UN Convention against Corruption and we will not operate in countries or with companies that are corrupt.

    In the coming year World Sport Profile will investigate all countries and national sporting organisations, private companies, non-profits and charities we are working with to ensure their integrity.

    World Sport Profile supplies Information to all its members detailing the challenges they may face within the sports industry with regard to Bribery and anti-corruption.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement anti-corruption policies, address anti-corruption risks and respond to incidents.

  • Alan Prince is our designated Anti-corruption officer, and is ultimately responsible for anti-corruption within WSP. Our Anti-Bribery Policy sets out clearly, exactly what could be considered to be bribery in terms of business operations. The Policy also covers the receiving of hospitality and gifts.

    All World Sport staff members have been trained.

    World Sport Profile has also this year reviewed and re-written its Confidentiality and Data Protection Policies which ensure that staff members are aware of the need to protect the personal data that we necessarily have access to and which cannot be disclosed.

    WSP has devised and implemented an anti-corruption workshop which it delivers to amateur and professional clubs on all levels of the football league pyramid and sports clubs nationally. The workshop is divided into 2 parts. The first of which caters for Players/ Athletes, the second segment is aimed at club staff and company executives. These workshops are designed to inform young sportsmen and seasoned professionals of the pitfalls and obstacles they may come across during their careers.

    2015 will see the development of an anti-corruption/ bribery program to be delivered online among our global database.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates anti-corruption performance.

  • World Sport Profile has not been involved in any legal cases, rulings or other events related to corruption and bribery.
    Internal audits will be implemented to ensure consistency with our anti‐corruption commitment, including periodic review by our senior management.

    World Sport Profile submits audited accounts each year to Companies House which are verified by external auditors and this is used as one of the methods of identifying any spurious payments which could be related to bribery or corrupt behaviour.

    To date World Sport Profile has delivered over 130 Anti-Corruption/ Bribery workshops across the United Kingdom, informing over 5,000 professional/ amateur sportsmen and sports industry workers of the dangers of corruption and bribery within sport.