Solihull company Phoebus Software Ltd (PSL), a leading provider of software for lenders, has just achieved the significant feat of winning a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award for the fourth year running in the Mortgage Finance Gazette awards. This is the first time that a company has ever won this award four years on the trot.
For PSL CSR is multi-dimensional. It is not about just donating to one charity, but participating in projects both locally and globally. PSL goes much further than just providing funds for charities, it also provides guidance, mentoring and work experience. It also takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously.
PSL supported six local or national charities in the past year, including the local swimming club, providing new equipment and the Solihull food bank as well as Nordoff Robins, Mind and MacMillan Cancer Support. It also mentors students and pupils from local schools providing them with work experience and is a part of a Knowledge Partnership Scheme with Aston University.
Workplace wellbeing is at the heart of PSL. It is growing so rapidly it increased staff numbers by 20% in the past year but put a structured staff wellbeing programme in place which covers the physical, emotional, occupational, spiritual, social and intellectual needs of its staff. PSL provides events ranging from lifestyle coaching to guitar lessons, to promote the wellbeing of mind and body. All staff are offered free gym membership, BUPA health cover and a 12-week staff fitness programme. Its directors truly value the staff who work in and with the business and are dedicated to creating a state of contentment, encourage a positive work-life balance.
In addition to the local giving, PSL has maintained status as a Carbon Neutral Company having offset its annual carbon emissions for eight years now. It also supports international charity Kiva, which helps to alleviate poverty around the world. Kiva provides small loans to people in developing countries to enable them to develop business ventures or improve their working or living environment. This empowers people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Richard Pike, sales and marketing director of PSL says “Staff well being and giving something back to both the local and global community is fundamental to PSL. It is a key ethos of ours to have a positive effect as an organisation - and this encompasses everything from the development of students and young people, to helping less fortunate people in other parts of the world and most importantly, taking care of the health and well being of our employees. Minimising any environmental emissions is also crucial.
“While we do these things because they matter, it is also nice to have been recognised for this with the unprecedented achievement of having won an award for our CSR for four years running.”