Social Impact

Taking social responsibility seriously

We care about making a difference, both for clients and the wider community.

Our commitment to being socially responsible helps to make Frontier an employer that all staff are proud to work for.

We aim to make a positive impact on society by:

  • providing our consultancy services to charities on a pro bono basis
  • looking for ways to minimise the impact we have on the environment
  • supporting the communities where we live and work and contribute to charities that make a difference to people’s lives
  • creating and maintain a working environment that supports and values people
  • making sure that that the way we work is consistent with high ethical standards
Pro bono work

The voluntary and charity sectors provide essential support for those most in need and often speak on behalf of their clients, raising policy issues and awareness. Through our pro bono work, we use our expertise to make a strong, positive contribution to charities. We work with them on a wide range of issues and add new partners every year.

Frontier encourages all our team to get involved in this work, from senior directors to new analysts. We help charities by using economic analysis to evaluate the social impact of their services and articulate the benefits of their activities.

Recent projects include

Environmental responsibility

We are committed to reducing the impact that our business has on the environment. We have been a ‘carbon zero’ company since 2010. With a growing pool of environmental economists in our team, we show a strong commitment to reducing waste and avoiding emissions.

The same behavioural economics techniques that we advise clients to use, can also give our employees small “nudges” to encourage them to reduce their environmental impact. We know that small changes, such as using smart lighting, heating and printing technology, go a long way to reducing the resources that Frontier uses.

Supporting our communities

We think that it is important to support a wide range of good causes where we live and work.

Frontier supports those employees who contribute to charities and other good causes. We have built strong relationships with several local charities and educational establishments. These charities and community groups benefit from the time and money donated by Frontier. However our staff also benefit from the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences by working in challenging sectors.

Our recent initiatives include:

Volunteering

All staff at Frontier are given one volunteering day a year to dedicate to causes that they feel passionate about.

Local partnerships

Recent examples include:

The Access Project: We work with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing volunteer tuition, to help them gain access to top universities.

City Gateway: teaching English at “literacy lunches” for disadvantaged young women.

Job Café: helping refugees in Cologne with their applications for jobs and apprenticeships

Charitable giving

Donations: our employees nominate charities that would benefit from donations by Frontier.

Matching donations: Frontier encourages its employees also take part in their own fundraising activities outside of work and matches donations up to £250.

Fundraising: we organise fun events to raise money for a range of causes.

Valuing diversity

Frontier is a people business. The value we generate comes from our teams. Therefore we work hard to support the well-being of our staff and encourage diversity and inclusivity.

In our work, innovative and independent thinking is a real benefit to our clients. A diverse team working together can support that kind of innovation. For this reason, Frontier works hard to attract staff from diverse backgrounds, and to offer a culture which allows all of them to grow in their careers.

We have several practices to increase diversity and promote inclusiveness:

  • All job applications are assessed ‘blind’ by our team of experienced professionals
  • We have family friendly policies such as flexible working hours, enhanced maternity pay and shared parental leave
  • We track and monitor our diversity statistics and report them regularly to our directors
  • Frontier hosts Women’s Economist Network events which provide female economists with an opportunity to meet, network and share experiences.

We support and encourage our staff to exercise, whether in the Frontier football team, the running club or the Frontier hockey team.

We have several mental health initiatives, aimed at increasing the awareness, understanding and acceptance of mental health issues.

We actively monitor work-life balance and working hours to make sure that employees do not work too many hours.

We have established links with external specialists in stress management issues.

Ethical standards

Acting ethically is important to Frontier. So we make sure that the way we work is consistent with high ethical standards consistent with our values.

  • We have signed up to the UN Global Compact (UNGC). Our projects comply with the commitments made in the compact.
  • Our staff are encouraged to raise any ethical concerns about the projects that they work on.
  • We always consider the ethical dimension of any project before we start work to ensure it does not conflict with our values.
  • We require its suppliers to work with us to promote high ethical standards (See our Supplier Code of Conduct and our Modern Slavery Act statement).

You can download our latest UNGC letter of commitment here, summarising what our company does to promote the 10 principles associated with that commitment.

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