Promoting ESG in local schools

Opportunity for HHBA members to promote ESG (environment, social and corporate governance) initiatives by partnering with local school

Ruth George a Dacorum based HR Consultant and long-time member of HHBA is working with local secondary, The Hemel Hempstead School to help them gain the STEM Assured Standard.  She shares below how HHBA members can benefit from the scheme…

These days most of us are all too familiar with the push for both schools and businesses to promote STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths.  The Hemel Hempstead School has a longstanding reputation for excellent results in these subjects and is now looking to capitalise on its reputation by gaining the STEM Assured Standard.  The accreditation process looks at STEM education and training within the school and, importantly, ensures the school’s strategic approach to STEM provision aligns with the needs of learners as well as employers.

As part of the accreditation process, I’ve offered to help the school connect with local businesses and of course HHBA was the first place I thought to come!  This is a fantastic opportunity for our local business community to get involved and there are several ways organisations could benefit from this collaboration:

  • Financial investment to fund a STEM scholarship
  • Provision of equipment
  • Offering mentoring support to students – provide first-hand knowledge, experience and inspiration
  • Event fundraising – working with the school and offering match funding raising from employee charity initiatives connected to STEM
  • Providing career related talks at school within the STEM curriculum

All of this can form an integral part of an organisation’s ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) initiatives.  I work with lots of local companies that find recruitment and skills shortages a huge challenge.  There are many ways we can work together to help tackle that challenge and an important aspect is to help local companies build better connections with schools thus building an early talent pipeline to assist with their recruitment needs.

If your organisation has a STEM connection and is looking at ESG initiatives for 2022, I’d love to hear from you!  Ruth George: ruth@ruthgeorge.com , 07899 920075 or find me on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruth-george/

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