Corporate social responsibility

Smart is committed to doing business in a sustainable and responsible way.

We have four areas that we focus our corporate responsibility efforts on. These are the ways in which we try to make sure we're having a positive impact on the world around us as we fulfil our mission as an organisation.

Investing in our people

Promoting the wellbeing of our colleagues.

We support diversity and take care of our team. Our working environment brings out the best in our colleagues and rewards them for contributing to Smart's success.

We run regular staff surveys, and proactively encourage suggestions to make Smart an even better place to work.

Our office is home to a ‘wellbeing’ room – a meeting-free quiet space to unwind during a busy day. We know that life doesn't stop outside work, so our flexible working policies allow our colleagues to attend appointments, do the school run and be there when the boiler breaks. It also limits unnecessary travel into the office, reducing our carbon footprint.

Supporting our community

Helping local charities and non-profit organisations.

We believe in giving something back, and have ongoing commitments to support local charities and non-profit communities. Each year we pick a charity to support with fundraising initiatives.

This year, we are looking to raise money for Children with Cancer UK . They are the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer and they work to fund research, support families and raise awareness. Last year we raised over £7,000 for Mind, a mental health charity, almost £6,000 for Crisis in 2020  and over £5,000 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in 2019. Our fundraising initiatives reflect the diverse interests of the Smart team, from Tough Mudders to bake sales, to quiz nights.

As a tech company, we also invest in the developers of the future. We are a proud supporter of Rails Girls – a non-profit community that makes coding more accessible to women. It has created numerous hiring opportunities for women in tech and over 25% of their participants return to coach. We sponsor their annual London workshop, and our engineering team also volunteer as coaches and mentors.

Looking after our environment

Doing what we can to reduce our environmental impact.

We believe that companies and individuals all have a role to play in looking after our environment. We do this primarily by limiting the amount of waste and energy we use.

Our offices are fitted with motion sensors, which switch lights off after 20 minutes of no movement, to reduce our electricity usage.

We try to conduct all our business online, and ask that our colleagues only print documents when absolutely necessary. We scan, shred and recycle any paper that we receive from clients.

We limit the use of plastics by providing glasses and cutlery to our colleagues and guests.

Recycling bins are alway available – we recycle 91% of our waste.

Providing products with a purpose

Ensuring sustainability is central to our investment goals.

Our commitment to corporate and social responsibility extends to our financial products. Through the Smart Pension Master Trust, we're a long-term investor on behalf of hundreds of thousands of people. To make sure we're making ethical and sustainable investment decisions, our Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) works closely with our trustees.

Members of our master trust can choose to invest their pension savings in the Smart Future Fund and Smart Ethical Fund. These funds invest in companies which meet positive standards of corporate responsibility, and exclude companies that don't meet the criteria for sustainable investment – such as those violate of the United Nations Global Compact. We're making long-term investments – so our investment range is focused on securing the future of our planet.

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