Christians Against Poverty

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http://www.capuk.org

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JOHN KIRKBY, FOUNDER and international director of the poverty-relief charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), understands the burden of money worries. At 32, the former consumer finance professional was £78,000 in debt, following a string of bad decisions. Guided by his faith, he says, he renegotiated with his creditors, reducing his debt to £25,000 within four years. Moved by the poverty he witnessed in his home town of Bradford, in 1996 Kirkby left a successful job to use his consumer finance skills to found CAP. From its first office in Kirkby's home, CAP has grown into an international charity, still based in Bradford. Its 247 staff at 22 locations throughout Britain provide debt counselling, a back-to-work programme, an addiction-tackling initiative and financial education. Operating a growing network of 260 debt centres, 852 money courses, 93 job clubs and 22 release groups — all run in partnership with local churches — CAP helps people of all faiths out of debt and poverty. Employees are inspired by Kirkby and chief executive Matt Barlow, joint winners of our Leadership special award this year (94% positive, the top score among small not-for-profit organisations). They receive further unbeaten scores for running CAP on sound morals (97%) and for having a plan that staff believe in (94%). Added to the spiritual reward of helping those in need, staff are well looked after by CAP, which puts 5% of salary into non-contributory pensions and gave everybody a pay rise last year. Its people are happier with their benefits than any others on our list (88%), with the top result for feeling fairly paid for their responsibilities (81%). www.capuk.org

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Matt Barlow hot desks around the office, deliberately working his way round various departments, ensuring he gets to engage with all staff members. He does not even have his own office, and simply books a meeting room if he needs to work on something confidentially. Matt and John also operate an open door policy, both literally and metaphorically. Their email addresses and phone number are posted on the Intranet and anyone can pop in or book some time through their PAs. This is regularly encouraged and Matt also hosts Munch with Matt. This is a regular monthly lunch time slot in his diary when staff can join him for lunch and raise any issues or ideas in an informal setting – ensuring that staff are making the most of his open door policy. Matt also writes a regular blog on the Intranet, often inviting direct response, either in person or via email. On a social level all staff are invited to Matt's house for a meal. He holds these regularly, with priority being given to new staff, or those he has not connected with for a while, but all staff have the opportunity of joining him for one of these meals. Both Matt and John also make a habit of using the staff break room and joining teams for lunches or staff birthday celebrations. Matt also makes sure to enter the staff pool and table tennis tournaments, alongside joining in with social events.

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CAP reuse scrap paper. Many of their employees car share and are encouraged to do so. They have switched to energy-efficient hand dryers. They switched to Mac minis from PCs as they were more energy efficient. They also have a “sleep” policy for the computers at night, as with Mac minis the difference between “sleep” and off is negligible. CAP have an ethical action team (EAT) for all environmental issues. Matt Barlow, their Chief Executive is part of this team. They have implemented a number of charity-wide environmental awareness days, educating and informing employees of how they can become more environmentally friendly in their work and personal lives. Matt Barlow is also leading a consultation into environmental travel to work. They also ensure that their tea, coffee and biscuits are all Fair Trade.

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CAP reuse scrap paper. Many of their employees car share and are encouraged to do so. They have switched to energy-efficient hand dryers. They switched to Mac minis from PCs as they were more energy efficient. They also have a “sleep” policy for the computers at night, as with Mac minis the difference between “sleep” and off is negligible. CAP have an ethical action team (EAT) for all environmental issues. Matt Barlow, their Chief Executive is part of this team. They have implemented a number of charity-wide environmental awareness days, educating and informing employees of how they can become more environmentally friendly in their work and personal lives. Matt Barlow is also leading a consultation into environmental travel to work. They also ensure that their tea, coffee and biscuits are all Fair Trade.

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Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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