A wider impact in our communities

Acting as a responsible business is at the heart of everything we do, ensuring the company has a positive impact within our communities, local and global. We believe in taking responsibility and working collaboratively with our partners, communities and colleagues.

Emerald has a three-pillar approach, with each pillar aligning to a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, to support the current global challenges:

Partnering for Positive ChangeSupporting SDG 4 & 17

  • Developing long-term partnerships to support social mobility, inclusivity and the growth and development of people.
  • Our Charities of the Year are the National Literacy Trust, One in a Million Free School and the Social Enterprise Academy

Being a Fair & Transparent EmployerSupporting SDG 5 & 8

  • Be a leading employer, modelling best practice for each location Emerald offices are found.

Supporting Under Represented VoicesSupporting SDG 4 & 17

  • Our Charities of the Year are the National Literacy Trust, One in a Million Free School and the Social Enterprise Academy

Emerald’s Charities of the Year

We are passionate about supporting charities, foundations and organisations that link to Emerald’s core business purpose. In 2020, Emerald is supporting three charities focussed on developing Education in low income areas:

In 2019, we raised £20,000 for our Charities of the Year and dedicated over 1, 100 hours to our communities through volunteering and fundraising initiatives such as:

We encourage colleagues to make a difference

We recognise that our colleagues' passion goes above and beyond the day job and we want to give them opportunities to get involved in ways they can create a bigger impact. Whether it’s taking part in our volunteering programmes, charity work or just taking advantage of the many development and mentoring schemes here at Emerald, participation and involvement is always encouraged. Each employee, regardless of location has two volunteering days to use per annum on an activity of their choice – we also have an Emerald Volunteering Day!

'Portrait of a young creative 4', photo credit Ashley Karrell

The Emerald Foundation

The Emerald Foundation, the charitable arm of Emerald Group, was established in 2008 by the owner, Keith Howard OBE, who wished to support charities in West Yorkshire where the company was founded.

Find out about the foundation

Caring about the environment goes beyond the pages of a policy document

We strive to be an environmentally responsible company. ‘Think Green’ raises awareness and embeds working practices that safeguard the environment and encourage a sustainability friendly mindset, both locally and globally. Our four main initiatives include:

  • Promoting reuse, reduce and recycling, especially our plastic waste
  • Reducing our C02 emissions
  • Improving awareness and understanding at an individual and company level
  • Empowering colleagues to get involved in environmental projects that benefit our community socially and economically
Encouraging local wildlife

“Emerald strives to make a positive impact around the world. For more than fifty years, our ethos has been to make a difference through connecting research and practice to make a difference to real world problems, as well as taking responsibility and working collaboratively with our partners, communities and colleagues, both locally and globally.

Looking ahead, we will continue to partner for positive change, lead in being a fair and transparent employer and support under represented voices, while aligning our mission to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

We are Emerald, and we’ve always been about that, genuinely caring about doing the right things to build a better, more sustainable future for everybody.”

Richard Bevan, Emerald Chairman


Melissa Fojt
Head of Community Partnerships

Carys Doyle
Community Partnership Placement

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People are our best asset and we are always looking for fresh talent to join the Emerald family.

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Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are changing our approach to recruitment. We are still actively hiring at this time but will be conducting interviews over the telephone and/or via video conferencing. If you apply for a role and we need to further change our approach or decide to put any roles on hold, we will be in touch with candidates to make you aware.