Connecting with community: case studies

How people teams are engaging with external communities and creating value through the lens of ESG strategy

ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues are rising up the business agenda. HR leaders and teams are ideally placed to tackle the ‘S’ in ESG, not only through their shaping of people strategies internally but also through their role in building thriving and sustainable communities outside the organisation. Being a responsible business means doing good for communities and society more broadly, ensuring the employer is just one part of a healthy ecosystem. In many organisations, senior HR professionals are leading the charge for creating shared value across communities.

The CIPD has spoken to a number of these leaders and produced case studies around the work they are doing with communities and the role of the people profession in implementing this. Their insight and experience will inspire you to think of how your own team can contribute to the ESG agenda, building stronger communities and stronger organisations.

Insights from organisations

Veolia: Community outreach to aid inclusive recruitment

G’s Fresh: Leading the way on ethical practice in food production

Severn Trent: Creating thriving regions through community action

GLA: Championing good-quality work across London

Siemens: Creating a sustainable talent and skills pipeline

McDonald’s UK & Ireland: Ambitious goals, locally delivered

Microsoft: Connecting internal and external communities

Success stories: what they said