Corporate Social Responsibility


The Board is committed to delivering high standards of corporate governance and a key element of this is managing the Company in a socially responsible way. We are mindful of the Company’s impact on our all our stakeholders, including employees, panellists, clients, suppliers, shareholders and local communities. We also recognise YouGov’s obligation and ability to make a positive contribution to wider society and to the environment.


Employees

Engagement

The company has continued its practice of keeping employees informed of matters affecting them as employees and the financial and economic factors affecting the performance of the Company.

Information about the Company’s affairs is communicated to employees through regular briefings and management meetings, our intranet and social events.

Diversity

The Company is committed to providing a working environment in which its employees are able to realise their potential and to contribute to business success irrespective of gender, marital status, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Applications for employment by disabled persons are given full and fair consideration for all vacancies in accordance with their particular aptitudes and abilities. In the event of employees becoming disabled, every effort is made to retrain them in order that their employment with the Company may continue.

Professional development

It is the policy of the Company that training, career development and promotion opportunities should be available to all employees.

Ownership

Employees are encouraged to own shares in the Company, and many employees are shareholders and/or hold options under the Company’s share option schemes including the LTIP scheme

Health and Safety

The Company takes all reasonable and practicable steps to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of its employees and recognises its responsibilities for the health and safety of others who may be affected by its activities.

Ethical Behaviour

YouGov expects its employees to exercise high ethical and moral standards at all times whilst representing the Company. The Company has an established Whistleblowing Procedure and Anti-Bribery Policy. The Company also maintains an awareness of human rights issues and observance of the pertinent law.


Suppliers

The Company aims to pay all its suppliers within a reasonable period of their invoices being received and approved, provided that the supplier has performed in accordance with the relevant terms and conditions.


Community

The Company recognises the importance of respecting and supporting the communities in which it operates and, thus improving the positive impact of business in society.


Environment

The Company recognises that the wise use of resources delivers both environmental and financial benefits. As part of our overall approach to Corporate Responsibility we aim to promote the maintenance of a healthy environment through responsible and sustainable consumption and production. Our operations are predominately office based, and here we try to minimise our impacts where practicable. As part of this policy we:

  • ensure that all waste is stored and disposed of responsibly, and recycled where possible;
  • ensure that paper used comes from reputable managed forests;
  • comply, where required, with the relevant packaging and waste regulations; and
  • minimise air travel by utilising conference and video calling technology, when appropriate. 

This information was last updated 24 April 2015.