CSR and ESG Disability Access

Understanding the Distinction between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social and Governance

Exploring the nuances between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reveals the varied approaches companies take toward sustainable practices. CSR is a self-regulated business model where companies adopt practices that are environmentally responsible and positive for society, reflecting a dedication to ethical operations. In essence, CSR acts as a guiding principle for businesses to contribute positively to the world.

On the other hand, ESG represents a set of measurable criteria that gauge a company’s tangible impact on environmental sustainability, its social contributions, and the strength of its governance. It provides a quantifiable measure of a company’s ethical and sustainable conduct and operational effectiveness, which are of prime interest to investors and key decision-makers.

To put it simply, if CSR showcases a company’s commitment to ‘do good,’ ESG offers the lens through which the depth and effectiveness of these efforts can be evaluated. Today’s Businesses are keenly aware that CSR initiatives and ESG performance are vital to their reputation and are instrumental in attracting informed consumers and insightful investors in today’s conscientious marketplace and especially applies to access for people with disability, including clients and employwwes.

How Equal Access can help

Equal Access recognises that organisations have a social responsibility to minimise their impact on the environment and to maximise the effective use of resources. They also have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure their workplaces provide diversity, equity and inclusion; ensuring that workplaces are accessible is part of that responsibility. Additionally, in today’s tight job market, such initiatives can attract potential employees!

Equal Access takes its environmental responsibility seriously and so behaves in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. Our Access Audits are undertaken electronically using software that allows our consultants to review, scale and check dimensions without the need to print large-scale drawings.   Equal Access has developed a proprietary cloud-based auditing tool, AccessCheck®, that is used on a tablet/iPad that is, which ensures our access audit process is truly paperless, respecting the environment and helping our client meet their Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Key Services

Our key services that assist organisations in meeting their Corporate Social Responsibilities include:

Our Commitment

Equal Access is committed to sustainability:

  • We strive to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure our organisation’s responsible use of energy. We have installed Solar Panels for electricity supply and LED lighting throughout. All equipment, lights and climate controls are turned off at the end of the day. All recyclable material is recycled, and batteries are disposed of responsibly. Water use is minimised.
  • Our staff work on a hybrid office/home model to minimise driving time, and we conduct meetings electronically whenever possible.
  • We strive to improve our environmental performance continually.
  • We aim to enhance awareness among our employees and stakeholders – educating and motivating them to act environmentally responsibly.

Ethical & Economic Responsibility: Equal Access, part of the Equal Access Group, operates in a fair and ethical manner. We provide a safe and healthful workplace.   We aim to achieve the fair treatment of all stakeholders, including leadership, employees and customers. Our goal is not to simply maximise profits but to positively impact the environment, people, and society. We do this by:

  • Providing a safe and healthful workplace.
  • Creating an environmentally aware culture where responsibility is assigned and understood.
  • Ensuring our work practices are viable so that our company remains profitable and thus able to meet our commitments and provide for our growing workforce.

Our Blogs

A New Inclusive ‘Gender Neutral’ Toilet Sign

  • July 1, 2024
  • Cynthia Ces

A question we have received a number of times within our practice is the provision of and identification of ...

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Why ‘Wave to Open’ and ‘Wave to Lock’ Discriminate against People with Disability

  • May 2, 2024
  • Bruce Bromley

We are now regularly seeing the installation of ‘Wave to Open and Wave to Lock’ buttons used on automated...

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Raised Tactile And Braille Signage

  • November 10, 2023
  • Bruce Bromley

We are often asked to assess signage against the requirements of the Disability Access to Premise...

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