Guardian writer Linda Jackson has praised CDL Stockport for their approach to Corporate Social Responsibility and recognises it is not just the multi-nationals who have a social conscience.
Following CDL’s Top UK Employers Award and a glittering evening ceremony at London’s Guildhall, the family-owned software company based at Kings Reach in Stockport has been praised for its works with a number of projects in the local area ‘from helping disadvantaged people to develop IT skills to improving local school children’s employability.’
“Responsible business practice is at the heart of how we do business” says Melissa Johnson, group Director at CDL. “We believe in working in partnerships with our clients, our suppliers, our people and our communities to promote long-term sustainable business. We look actively for opportunities to have a positive impact on the communities in which our people live, work and do business.”
CDL Stockport also includes their staff in implementing their CSR strategy: the business sets aside 100 working days when their people can work on volunteering projects. They contribute to Forever Manchester – a community funding initiative that funds and supports community activity across Greater Manchester. Since 1989 Forever Manchester have delivered over £36 million into local communities benefiting 1.1million people.
Melissa continued: “We also support local arts and environmental projects, all making a positive difference to the local communities and employees.
“It matters to people who work at CDL Stockport: it encourages them to feel good about the company they work for and creates opportunities for them to engage with the community too through our volunteering programme.
“Hopefully it raises our profile as a local employer of choice and may, in the longer term, help us attract skilled recruits to our business.”
Established by Tom Hogg and his wife in 1977, CDL employ over 600 staff in purpose built premises at Code Works and Strata House on their modern campus beside the M60.