Our creativity is the fuel
We go the extra mile
We say it, do it and
deliver on our promises
By understanding others
we maximise potential
Customers are at
the heart of everything
We're passionate about
profit and growth
The BBC is trusted as a source of high-quality broadcasting and
content, renowned for accuracy, insights and some of the most
original entertainment in the world. We have set rigorous standards
to ensure nothing we do harms this remarkable reputation. All our
people and partners are required to work within our editorial
framework and follow our guidelines on editorial integrity and
independence from external interest as well as on advertising and
In order to attract, retain and develop the best people, we
strive to be an organisation that is both aspirational and
inspirational and to be the best employer in our industry.
To ensure that BBC Worldwide is an employer of choice we focus
on the following key areas:
- Providing a great place to work, both via a stimulating
physical environment and culture, and also by promoting engagement
with, and pride in, our business.
- Continuous learning, which is linked to career progression,
developing new skills and ensuring performance is managed to the
- Providing access to exciting careers where top talent can be
identified and nurtured, succession plans are created, and moves
across function and country become a reality.
- Working to be an inclusive organisation where diversity is
reflected in the make-up of our workforce at all levels.
- Offering a structure for reward which is fair, competitive,
linked to performance and aligned with our Values.
Each year BBC Worldwide sources and licenses millions of
products that carry the BBC brand. We try hard to ensure that
appropriate labour standards and working conditions exist in the
factories that make these products. We have strict minimum
standards relating to pay, hours, age, health and safety and we
operate on the basis of continuous improvement.
All suppliers around the world are required to provide
independent third-party factory audits for their factories in
higher-risk territories, and these are checked and graded by our
ethical team. We will only work with factories which are open and
honest, have no critical failures, and are prepared to engage with
us and make changes when improvements are required.
We are passionately committed to reducing our impact on the
environment. That we achieved ISO 14001 certification for our UK
Environment Management System in 2010 is testament to this
commitment and to our philosophy of continuous improvement in the
areas where we can make the most difference.
Paper used by our publishing businesses represents one of our
biggest environmental impacts and we manage it with great care.
This year our long-term dedication to credible forest certification
was recognised by an FSC Global Partner award. We also won the
Professional Publishers Association's Environmentally Sustainable
Business of the Year award.
In order to further minimise our environmental impact, we have
begun to measure the carbon footprint of each of our businesses in
order to understand how carbon emissions may be reduced. Our
"Travel Less, Travel Light" policy, introduced in 2008, restricts
domestic and close-European flights, and includes measures to limit
long-haul travel. Our company headquarters in London and regional
headquarters in New York and Sydney have high environmental
building ratings: BREEAM Excellent in London, LEED (due August) in
New York and 4.5 NABERS energy rating in Sydney.
We continue to offset all business travel and premises carbon
emissions through Gold Standard offsets in wind-farm projects.
We are fortunate in attracting highly educated, well motivated
and creative people to work for us. We never forget that many
people do not have the opportunity to go on to higher education.
This is why in our outreach activity we have decided to focus
mainly on mentoring and enrichment opportunities for secondary
Staff are also able to take part in community projects, which
benefit our neighbours and also help to foster team spirit and
We actively promote and encourage staff to support BBC charities
such as Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need, while giving to
registered charities of their choice is made simple via the Payroll
Giving scheme. Our outreach activity abroad has been largely driven
by our Channels business which is working to promote our Values
Our actions to further all these five areas of Corporate
Responsibility in 2010/11, and our plans to progress them in
2011/12 can be viewed overleaf.