Corporate Social Responsibility

1. The academy of AVIT was founded for public benefit, to promote education and knowledge, and to provide an institution open to all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief. It is a pioneering institution in making higher education available to women and those unable to pursue traditional forms of study. The institute seeks to replicate this commitment to the academic enterprise, and to wider society, through all of its operations and activities.

2. The Institute endeavours to conduct its business in accordance with the seven principles identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership – also known as the Nolan Principles) and complies with the duty in section 17 of the Charities Act 2011, to have due regard to the public benefit.

3. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy sets out the guiding principles by which the organization is run in order to fulfill its core mission. This Policy brings together the ways in which the University ensures, at a corporate level, that its activities are carried out ethically, sustainably and for the public benefit.

4. The CSR Policy is made up of three central pillars:

People and community
Finance and economic activity
Environmental Sustainability
People and Community

The University as an employer

5. AVIT is committed to being a good employer, and to contributing positively to the local community, the education sector in India, and the global community.

6. As an employer, we are committed to ensuring that all staff are fully supported in their work, have a decent working environment, are fairly rewarded, and maintain a good work-life balance. The institute engages with recognized trade unions that represent and protect the interests of its staff. The institute offers competitive terms and conditions to its directly employed staff and ensures its contractors do the same for their workforce.

7. The institute also encourages and supports staff to engage in activities that benefit the wider community & society.

8. In order to achieve this, we are committed to:

embedding equality and diversity into all operations
paying the Wages on time.
encouraging payroll giving, fund raising and other charitable activities
allowing staff time for civic and public duties
ensuring staff can achieve their full potential through training, mentoring and staff development activities
enabling new ways of working to allow staff to achieve a better work-life balance where practical
offering bicycle and public transport loans
achieving the highest practical standards of health and safety for our staff, students, contractors and visitors
Local Community

9. We are committed to events facilities to the public and participates in specific community engagement projects.

10. In support of this the Institute commits to:

  • Involving the local community in all major planning applications
  • Inviting the community to make use of the estate, services and buildings where appropriate
  • Encouraging activities with a community benefit
  • Encouraging staff to volunteer in the local community Freedom of Expression

11. As an academic institution, we encourages debate and discussion, and supports the right of peaceful protest where this does not threaten the health and safety of staff, students or visitors, and does not infringe upon others’ rights to freedom of expression and association.

Finance and Economic Activity

12. The institute recognizes the way in which it conducts its activity financially has a bearing on those with an interest in its work. We apply the Nolan Principles of Public Life to inform policy, practice and guidance to members of the institute to ensure fair and ethical financial practice.

13. The institute’s financial activity is undertaken with reference to the following guidance and policies:

conflict of interest guidance (Appendix C, section 5)
a hospitality register and guidance on expenses (section 8.4)
a clear whistle-blowing procedure (Ordinance 23 – Public Interest Disclosure)
14. As part of their conditions of employment all staff are required to follow such policies to ensure the institute conducts its activity in appropriate fashion.

15. The institute also commits to the following as a good organizational citizen:

providing clear information where required to organizations with whom we engage financially
incorporating CSR considerations in tender submission reviews from potential suppliers
furthering the use of e-invoicing and using electronic data to reduce paper use
Environmental Sustainability

16. The institute recognizes environmental sustainability as the greatest challenge of the 21st century and commits to ensuring that all of its major strategies and operations consider their environmental and ecological aspects and impacts. We will:

ensure that sustainable development is understood by staff and students and is an integral part of all aspects of major plans, activities and strategy
implement a Carbon Management Plan that aims to achieve carbon savings of 43% (from a 2012 baseline) by 2020 and 80% by 2050 in line with national targets
develop a total waste management strategy to reduce waste and increase recycling
implement a Fair trade and Sustainable Food Policy
encourage staff to travel using sustainable forms of transport through the promotion of cycling, walking and public transport
maintain compliance with all relevant legislative requirements and aim to achieve ISO14001 as the minimum standard for environmental management
ensure continuous improvement and prevention of pollution on all major environmental aspects and impacts through establishing objectives, targets and policies and procedures to achieve them