Author: Trisha Parsotam

A Challenge of a Night-Time

On 28th May the Emerald Team took on a challenge of a night-time staying up from 8pm to 8am, with thousands of others across the country and going one night without sleep for homeless young people.

121,000 young people experience homelessness every year and the effects can be devastating. We’re proud to support Centrepoint, they’re a fantastic charity providing homeless young people with accommodation, health support and life skills in order to get them back into education, training and employment.

Thanks to our brilliant team, not only did they survive the night but also managed to raise £2,600 to support youth homelessness.

InsideOut Award Winners

On Wednesday 24th March we were recognised at 2021’s InsideOut Awards, which celebrate employee mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

We won the SME Wellbeing Strategy award for our wellbeing programme and for continuously making mental health part of our culture, breaking down any stigmas within our organisation.

We’re proud to have the kind of culture where people feel they can bring their whole selves to work, one which is fully supported by our leadership team and a wellbeing approach which really encourages colleagues to be healthy and happy at work.

Connecting Stories

The National Literacy trust set up the Connecting Stories creative writing competition,  with the intention to  to inspire a love of writing among children and young people, giving them the opportunity to tell their own story, in their own words, based on a theme specific to their local area.

Last week, 16 brilliant volunteers from Emerald provided invaluable support, reading over 480 creative writing entries, in doing so freed up 32 hours for the NLT team allowed them to keep providing the children and young people they work with sustained support throughout the Connecting Stories project, which nationally is expected to reach 374 schools and has resulted in 1200 stories.

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to give each child the careful consideration that their stories deserve.

International Women’s Day 2021

This International Women’s Day we want to recognise the pressure and inequality felt by female early career researchers, which has been exacerbated by COVID 19 and resulted in a 35% decline of research output for this group.

We want to help achieve a fairer society and so we’re stepping up to help level up, by launching a support network for female early career researchers on our platform Emerald Engage.

Emerald Engage will provide a safe space where people can hear how others are coping, make global connections, share ideas and buddy up with more established researchers, who are able to give their time to share experiences, advice and practical tools.

Digital Divide Donation

During the pandemic there has been a heightened awareness of the ‘digital divide’ within our communities, which is stated as ‘the gap between people in society who have full access to digital technologies (such as the internet and computers) and those who do not.’

To support this ongoing challenge, we sold some of our technology equipment from across the Group and in return received £3, 500 back. This amount has been donated back into technology and we have split the amount to The Re Start Project and Digital Access West Yorkshire.

Emerald’s Charity of the Year!

We’re proud to be supporting Show Racism the Red Card – the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity as our chosen Charity of the Year.

We had an amazing and eye opening introduction to the charity with Deputy CEO, Paul Kearns and Shaka Hislop so look out for our volunteering, fundraising, and educating efforts throughout the year across the Group!

People & Culture Toolkit

Following on from a very successful Emerald LIVE we have dedicated two weeks to our people culture in what we’ve called our People & Culture Toolkit.

The toolkit has been designed to offer opportunities to learn more about being the best version of ourselves, what we stand for as Emerald evolves, and how to work smarter in light of our new ways of working.

Emerald LIVE 2021

Emerald LIVE is our annual week-long strategic employee conference, bringing together a globally dispersed leadership team. This year looked a little bit different as it was our first fully virtual event, but it was still a brilliant and energetic week to kick start the year.

Emerald LIVE gives our employees the opportunity to engage and collaborate over a full week of sessions, workshops, learning, creative thinking, and some fun activities thrown in.

Get started on your new career with us!

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

Be sure to check out our latest opportunities and become part of everything we have to offer.

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