Our latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report is now live! 2016 was a busy year for us as we focused on creating positive change for the people, planet and communities we impact. We’re proud of some really strong results within each of the focus areas of our CR strategy; People, Planet and Partnerships. Take a look at our latest report to discover the best achievements and stories from across the business. Here are a few highlights:
We wouldn’t be able to deliver our CR strategy without the hard work of our people. We are committed to promoting inclusivity, which is only possible by employing diverse talent and working with partners that reflect modern society. We have increased BAME representation in our workforce by 24.8% since 2013. We know there’s more to do. We will continue to support the industry’s first ever diversity benchmarking system DIAMOND, which recently released its First Cut of data, and pioneer initiatives that break down the barriers to entering and thriving in the TV industry.
We’re also working on lowering the impact we have on the planet. We’ve reduced our greenhouse gas emissions per employee by 54% since 2013, and continue to invest in lowering the impact of production through environmental awareness training. Our Coronation Street team hosted the first Carbon Literacy Awards in 2016, winning a Silver Award themselves for their efforts.
2016 was an important year for charitable giving. We continued to use our reach and influence to raise awareness or donations for many great causes and charities, dedicating over £39 million worth of air-time, as well as over £2 million in cash contributions and almost £150,000 in volunteering time. All of our activities in 2016 helped us contribute £41,636,784 in charitable giving, plus over £6 million raised by viewers. Soccer Aid, the charity celebrity football match in June 2016 was a record-breaker, raising £6.6 million for Unicef UK.
To top that off – we were really proud to be crowned the inaugural top contributor in the GivX Community Value Award (the GivX Awards) on 12 October 2017 in recognition of our efforts to support charitable causes in 2016.
Everyday our programmes give us the chance to raise awareness and champion causes to millions of people. Reaching about 40 million people a week, we have a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on society.
Madeleine Cobb, Head of Corporate Responsibility at ITV