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Officially a World Class
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A toilet in full working order, 73 car tyres and a boat's outboard motor were among seven tons of junk recently recovered from Lake Windermere by Impact International. Paul Rose, who is a consultant to Impact — and also a TV presenter and environmental campaigner — led 262 divers in a clean-up operation last year as a part of the firm's green commitment. “Impact doesn't just talk about doing good,” says the company, “we actually do it.” The 99 employees at this leadership development consultancy agree. They give the long-standing Best Company its highest-ranked score for making a positive difference to the world (a top-three, 92% positive result). Impact International is based in Windermere, Cumbria, and has an office in London and another 18 around the world. It helps companies and organisations, from Barclays bank to the Welsh Assembly, develop leaders, manage talent and change employee behaviour so they become “sustainable enterprises” — profitable outfits with a sense of social responsibility. Its own mission is based on valuing “planet, people and profit”, and employees say it has a strong social conscience (93%), genuinely cares about the environment (90%) and supports local communities (83%). All are top-five-ranked scores. Last year, 70 people got involved with charitable activities during worktime, and everyone had at least three days in which to complete projects that benefit the firm and the community. Each year the firm funds, plans and runs a residential holiday for 20 disadvantaged children in Cumbria, and it has its own charitable organisation, Impact Aid, which has raised more than £33,000 for 200 causes since 1996. Facilitators typically earn almost £51,000 a year, but it's not just about the money, as people love working for the firm (91%) and are proud to make an impact together (94%). www.impactinternational.com

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Leadership

99% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Impact's vision is to be a great place to work, to be the best experiential learning provider on the planet and to be a model of sustainable enterprise. Being benchmarked in the marketplace as a Best Company to Work For is positive proof that they are working effectively together to make their vision reality and they are all incredibly proud of this achievement. At Impact they love to celebrate success. They have been lucky enough to be placed in the Times Top 100 List since 2005 and have attended every awards dinner. They know that their people are key to making Impact the best company to work for (even if we aren't placed number one!) To say thank you to their people they offer a number of places at the dinner to the entire organisation. They have awarded places to people who are nominated by colleagues for outstanding work, or simply by putting names in the hat. This approach is very popular with their employees as it recognises that their people have all paid a part in our success.

My Company

99% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

Due to the nature of their business many of their people work away from home, so to balance this, Impact extend social event invitations to partners/families wherever possible. Employees organise all social events, with time for organising and attending daytime events, given during work hours. In so many words they can't tell you all about their Christmas Party, the Impact Kids Christmas Party, complete with a visit from their Santa/CEO!, weekly Friday lunches, Silver Screw award or the End of Financial Year lunch but they can tell you about their Family Fun Day and Quadrathlon, reflecting the fun and inclusiveness of their social events. Their summer event is scheduled in the school holidays and they close the office for the afternoon to maximise attendance. Activities include bouncy castle, traditional games, crafts, a homemade piñata, canoeing and speedboat rides. Their CEO cooks a BBQ lunch and Impact Aid, their internal fundraising team, hosted a Great Impact Bake Off to raise money for their chosen charities. Their Quadrathlon is a four-part triathlon, including a lake-swim, cross-country run, mountain bike and canoe course. The course was designed and marshalled by their staff within their own hotel grounds. The competition was not just about fastest times, but also about the best fancy-dress outfits. Whilst there are small cash prizes the ultimate goal is personal glory!

Giving Something Back

99% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Due to the nature of their business many of their people work away from home, so to balance this, Impact extend social event invitations to partners/families wherever possible. Employees organise all social events, with time for organising and attending daytime events, given during work hours. In so many words they can't tell you all about their Christmas Party, the Impact Kids Christmas Party, complete with a visit from their Santa/CEO!, weekly Friday lunches, Silver Screw award or the End of Financial Year lunch but they can tell you about their Family Fun Day and Quadrathlon, reflecting the fun and inclusiveness of their social events. Their summer event is scheduled in the school holidays and they close the office for the afternoon to maximise attendance. Activities include bouncy castle, traditional games, crafts, a homemade piñata, canoeing and speedboat rides. Their CEO cooks a BBQ lunch and Impact Aid, their internal fundraising team, hosted a Great Impact Bake Off to raise money for their chosen charities. Their Quadrathlon is a four-part triathlon, including a lake-swim, cross-country run, mountain bike and canoe course. The course was designed and marshalled by their staff within their own hotel grounds. The competition was not just about fastest times, but also about the best fancy-dress outfits. Whilst there are small cash prizes the ultimate goal is personal glory!

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