Our Social Sustainability Commitment -an update


Here at Mattinson Partnership we recruit into the environment and sustainability sectors, but we also commit to improving our own sustainability, including our social impact within the community.

In April 2019 the team did some brainstorming and came up with our social sustainability plan, ‘More than Mattinson’, – looking at how we can better our reach within the community. Our social investment is developing people wider than our own ‘commercial remit’ – this is an important part of who we are, with recruitment and employability being an important step to tackling social inequalities in the workplace.

What is social sustainability?

Sustainability is a broad term, a corporate buzz word perhaps. But what companies are actually doing on a day to day basis, for environmental and social good, is what’s important. Social sustainability is about having a good relationship with the community and understanding an organisation’s impact. In line with the UN SDGs, social sustainability means working towards gender equality, better quality of education and reducing wider inequalities. Organisations have an important role to play in achieving these targets.

Better Bankside Skills Academy

Better Bankside’s mission is to make our business district a better place to live and work. The BID runs a range of exciting initiatives including free exercise classes, networking events and skills workshops.  Better Bankside's innovative summer work experience programme aims to improve the prospects of young people in Southwark. Every year, they recruit up to 12 young people aged 16 – 21 to spend a month working with Bankside businesses.

Freya and Gareth were delighted to support the programme, working with this year’s cohort to refine their interview and networking skills. We spent a morning covering a range of topics, attempting to make ‘the job search’ a fun topic! Great to hear that some of our interview tips were used later on in the programme during mock interviews with Better Bankside businesses. 

Our Mattinson core values are creating sustainable growth and partnerships. Alongside Better Bankside, we also work with the London Wildlife Trust and Landsec – check out our website for more details on our partner organisations.


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London Wildlife Trust.

We are proud partners of The London Wildlife Trust, a charity dedicated to protecting the wildlife and wild spaces of London by driving environmental projects throughout the city. Our team often get involved at ground level in Wild Workdays by helping to maintain and restore treasured spaces and land… we love to get our hands dirty! We also run multiple interactive workshops, providing their conservation trainees with invaluable career advice and insights into the environmental sector to prepare them for employment. Most recently, we worked with young people taking part in their Keeping it Wild programme, which engages young people from backgrounds currently under-represented in nature conservation.

Royal Town Planning Institute.

The RTPI represents planning professionals in the UK and Ireland and aims to encourage the development of vibrant and prosperous places and communities. Our Senior Consultant Freddie enthusiastically attends the annual Planning Convention, and we host several events throughout the year to show our support, including drinks networking and a literal pub quiz. We also keep in close contact with our friends down under, at the Planning Institute Australia and New Zealand Planning Institute. In addition, we sponsor the London Planning Summit, an event designed to address the biggest challenges facing the industry. This is our opportunity to stay on top of the latest changes in town planning by meeting with other key professionals in the sector, while celebrating our achievements.

Land Securities Group Plc.

One of our clients, LandSec, are the clever people behind Girls Can Do It Too, an initiative designed to encourage girls to consider a career in construction. Currently, only 11% of the construction workforce are female, and LandSec are attempting to increase this number by providing education and engagement projects and workshops for girls aged 11-13. Featuring workshops on demolition and tower building, as well as challenging the girls to design a planning project of their own (with a focus on budgeting and environmental considerations), LandSec have proven their dedication to addressing the need for diversity in this very male dominated industry. Ruth assists the project by sharing her fascinating insights into the industry and is even on the project judging panel!

Urban Land Institute.

In partnership with Urban Land Institute we are able to play an imperative role in creating a larger and more diverse pool of candidates within the planning & property professions. Working in schools we take part in the Urban Plan Educational workshops programme, which has now reached more than 2,500 pupils in 100 schools since its launch. Alongside more than 200 industry volunteers engaged across the country, we provide invaluable industry & careers advice to students while guiding them through their workshops and helping judge their presentations.

Carbon Footprint.

Carbon FootprintTM works to help organisations offset their CO2 through tree planting and community projects worldwide. By partnering with Carbon FootprintTM, we have planted native trees and shrubs such as Whitebeam, Hazel, Field Maple, Silver Birch, Rowan, Beech, Blackthorn, Holly and Dog Rose to create a Mattinson Forest that spreads across South East England. Carbon FootprintTM work in conjunction with the Florestal Santa Maria Project (FSM-Redd Project), designed to reduce deforestation in the Amazonian Rainforest. So, for every tree we plant in the UK we guarantee a tonne of CO₂ offset in Brazil too. Carbon FootprintTM have allowed us to not only do our bit for the environment but also commemorate moments of growth for our clients and candidates.