We have made many steps in the past 30 years to work towards a greener, cleaner and more socially responsible Jellybean – here’s how…
Our Communities – Charities We Support
Our Industry – We work closely with two of the industry’s leading charities – Hospitality Action and Springboard, providing free strategic marketing advice and design services, as well as initiating various fund raising activities at Jellybean. Barely a month goes by when we’re not wearing pants outside our trousers or impressing one another with our delicious homemade creations. All in the name of a good
cause, of course!
Global Charity Support – Since the business started 30 years ago we have sponsored a child via Plan International for every person employed at Jellybean. We currently have 27 children around the world from Cambodia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mali, Togo, Uganda, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Equador, Sudan, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Egypt who we have been able to help with vital education and subsistence to ensure they have a sustainable start in life.
The Safe School Project – The Safe School Project is situated in the Gambella region of Ethiopa and helps refugees access safe and high quality education. This is a wonderful project which will reach 39,550 children aged 3-14, many of whom will have gone through the terrifying and scarring experience of fleeing their homes in South Sudan. Read more here.
Local Charity Support – For the past 15 years we have supported the Children with Special Needs Foundation – a Surrey-based charity that provides help, funds and assistance for children with special needs. Fiona, our CEO, is a Patron of the charity and we create all of their design and marketing material, to ensure that every penny raised goes directly to the point of need. We also support our local community by providing work experience/placements to local schools, as well as attending career evenings. Plus, as we upgrade our hardware, we donate computers and other equipment to local schools and charities.
Even More Charity Support – We also support Debra every year. And through various staff charity initiatives including: Race for Life, Macmillan Coffee Morning and Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children – we raise one off sums and the amount raised by individuals is matched by the agency!
Our People – The Beans
It is our people that make Jellybean special and we invest in our beans. We offer internal training and development via workshops, on the job guidance and informal mentoring. We also provide external training across industry-based or professional qualifications, which are fully sponsored by the company. We have an annual staff appraisal process (with six month reviews) through which progression planning and individual training needs are identified to ensure we develop everyone’s full potential. In 2014 we were proud to have been awarded a merit in the MAA Best Awards for Development of Agency Talent.
We are an equal opportunities employer and run an apprenticeship programme taking on school leavers who are paid a fair salary, learn on the job and are sponsored by the company to gain appropriate professional qualifications in PR and Marketing and career progression over a fixed term. Currently we have two beans at various stages in their careers who are being developed via this programme.
Fun and balanced
We work hard and we have fun and we take the health and well being of our people extremely seriously. To ensure we maintain a positive team spirit, which has been the foundation of the company at its inception 30 years ago, we hold regular social events and nights out. Plus we have all the usual health, pension and benefit stuff you’d expect from a caring, sharing agency! We actively encourage our staff to “live well”, offering a corporate rate at the local gym and regularly reviewing how each individual is coping in their role. We commission an Independent Employee Satisfaction Survey via the MAA* whereby all employees are able to feed-back confidentially so we can benchmark ourselves and identify areas for improvement. In the most recent survey 100% believe they have a good work life balance and 95% said the hours they are expected to work to get the job done are reasonable. We also involve the team in any change management that impacts them and the business – 95% say the agency keeps them informed about important issues and changes*.
There is also an Ideas Box and throughout the year staff are positively encouraged to make suggestions across the business and we will always do our best to act on them. For example you get a half day on your birthday and a lie-in post ‘industry do’, so if we’ve been partying till the early hours flying the flag for Jellybean we get a bit longer in bed – yay!
Environment – Workplace & Wider
When we refurbished our offices we installed a range of eco-friendly/energy saving measures, such as insulation, efficient heating, low wattage lighting and movement sensitive lights to avoid wastage and provide added safety. We recycle all paper and cardboard and use recycled paper, while employees are asked to only print what is absolutely necessary. To minimise our carbon footprint we encourage video and conference calls with our clients wherever possible or appropriate. Staff are encouraged to car share or use public transport, or better still walk or cycle to work (as we participate in the Cycle to Work Scheme). We use .wwf – essentially a non printable .pdf and work without paper whenever possible. We have also installed state-of-the-art IT systems to provide business efficiencies and save on energy and waste.
Economic – Playing Nicely
We ensure all products and goods are responsibly sourced and treat our suppliers as partners, working with them to achieve the best results. We pride ourselves on building relationships and trust and paying them promptly – aware that cash flow is key to any small business. In this way we ensure an ethical and sustainable supply chain for our business. In short – we work with our suppliers as we would wish to be treated by our clients.
All-in-all we try to be a nice bunch of beans to work with, or amongst, and of course do our best to conserve our environment for the beans of the future!
*Jellybean’s staff completed the Independent MAA Employee Satisfaction Survey 2016
95% believe the agency invests in the best resources to support the team
86% were proud of what they accomplish
81% believe the agency offers personal training and development
*MAA Employee Satisfaction Survey Oct 2016