Corporate Social Responsibility

At Aston Lark we recognise the value of serving the communities in which we live and work. Sharing and promoting our values of sustainability and good corporate citizenship with all our stakeholders and with our local communities is vital to who we are as a business.

Care is at the heart of all our activities, whether that’s looking after our people, providing a first-class service to our clients or having a positive impact through being a good corporate citizen. Our core purpose of care is supported by our core values: passion, being experts in our fields, working with integrity and ensuring that we deliver.

Our aim is to ensure that everyone does their best to support their colleagues, the market in which we operate and the wider community, and to ensure that we have a positive impact in all these areas. Where there is a negative impact, we will work to minimise this.

Our corporate responsibility activities are structured into four areas: Our People, Our Communities, Our Clients and Suppliers and Our Environment:

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Our People

We deliver beyond our statutory obligations to our employees, caring for their health, safety and welfare at work. Our people are our true assets and deserve more than the minimum. To reflect the value we place on them, we consult and involve our people in decision making and empower them to shape their career path, influence their working environment and our involvement in the community. We care, and that’s what sets us apart.

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Our Environment

We recognise our responsibility towards the environment in which we work and live. We are committed to meeting our legal and regulatory obligations, as well as taking action to minimise the impact we have on the environment wherever possible. Our goal is for this commitment to be part of our business strategy and our day-to-day activities.

Our Communities

We recognise that we have a responsibility to support community projects and to look for ways in which we can use our expertise to help and support our stakeholders. Anyone our business affects, we consider to be our stakeholders, and we work with and support those whose values are aligned with our own.

Our people volunteer and participate in local community projects, support small or local businesses, and look for opportunities to share their expertise and skills with others.

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Our Clients & Suppliers

We are committed to professionalism and integrity in everything we do, which is illustrated by the importance we attach to our Chartered Insurance Broker status. We know our clients and suppliers have high expectations of us and so we strive to work with consistency, integrity and fairness to ensure that we deliver results that are important to them.

We have developed fair and robust policies including anti-slavery, equality and diversity, and are committed to working with our suppliers who share our values in providing safe and fair working environments.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

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Our Charity Involvement

We actively encourage all our staff to get involved with charities and fundraisers in their communities, and we regularly hold company-wide fundraisers to support our chosen corporate charities, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. Here are just a few of our charity highlights from 2020:

  • We held the Aston Lark weekly Pub Quiz throughout lockdown 1.0. with donations to take part made our company charities
  • We did the 2.6 Challenge – this collaboration, with London Marathon Events, Institute of Fundraising and more, was to encourage people to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 i.e. pledging to run or ride 2.6 miles as your daily exercise, holding the plank for 2.6 minutes, to gardening for 26 minutes.
  • We held the ‘You’re on Mute!’ campaign – this was to capitalise on all the ‘mute moments’ our colleagues have on video calls. Each time they were caught speaking while on mute, they had to make a £1 donation. We raised £675 for our company charities.
  • We participated in the nation-wide Poppy Appeal, with our Claims division raising money for the Royal Legion with their own poppy window displays.
  • We held a Big Quiz Night – this was a great opportunity for staff to relax, have a drink and some virtual fun with colleagues, whilst raising money for our company charities

… and so much more.

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