Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) is incredibly important to us and our stakeholders.
We're in the process of implementing a structured framework for ESG – you can track our progress so far below...
Our priorities include taking care of our employees, being responsible caretakers for the environment and supporting initiatives that contribute to the wider community and charities.
The success of our people is the success of our company
The success of our people is the success of our company. We have many initiatives in place to support our employees, nurture their talent and provide a healthy, friendly, enriching, creative and safe environment for them to work.
We love to be social and make time for our teams to meet between project milestones whenever possible. Our annual summer and Christmas parties are always a hit, plus we aim to host project wrap parties to celebrate the incredible work of our teams.
We also arrange well-being activities throughout our studios, including yoga sessions and life drawing classes. During COVID-19, monthly quizzes and care packages have kept our teams motivated and connected with their colleagues while working from home.
We actively encourage creativity with regular game-jams, during which they have an opportunity to develop their own game concept.
You can find our Modern Slavery Statement here.
All companies have a duty of caretaking towards the environment
As in all industries, there is increasing interest from all stakeholder groups of the environmental impact of businesses. We understand the importance that sustainable business practices will play in our ability to grow successfully and maintain profitability over the long term.
While our activities are largely office-based and don’t involve any energy-intensive processes or generate significant waste, the business can take, and is taking, actions to reduce its environmental impact.
Some of the actions we’re currently taking include:
- Replacing fluorescent lights with LED panels as standard during studio refurbishment programmes
- Offering a Cycle to Work scheme for our employees
- A monthly alternative travel prize draw to win £100, to encourage greener travel to and from work
- Energy-efficient IT and facilities equipment is prioritised during replacement and upgrade programmes
- Videoconferencing software and instant messaging used across the business to help limit business travel for internal meetings and enabling employees to work from home
- At our largest site in Sheffield, staff who volunteer to car share with colleagues are eligible to use priority parking spaces and we offer electric car charging ports too
We aim to inspire young people to consider careers in the entertainment industries
Our businesses have studios in a variety of cities across the globe, which means we’re in a unique position to contribute to community initiatives that span a mix of locations and cultures. Through our outreach and engagement programmes, we aim to inspire young people to consider careers in the entertainment industries, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds.
We launched a school engagement programme in Sheffield in 2019, and in our first year, 360 children took part. The programme gave them the opportunity to experience the video games industry and to pitch their own video game ideas to an expert panel. Approximately 50 girls who had not previously considered a career in the industry said they would do so after taking part. This scheme is being expanded to Brighton and we have plans to add other locations in the future.
Atomhawk also regularly engage with local schools and higher education institutions, in the UK and Canada. In 2020 it is holding a comprehensive activity plan of engagement with local schools around its Other Worlds exhibition at The Great North Museum: Hancock, which focuses on the work and process of creating concept art. The exhibition hopes to inspire young people to consider careers in visual art and the entertainment industries.
Being able to support charities is a benefit of our success
We support and donate to various charities that encourage creativity, as well as using our own reach to amplify fantastic initiatives across our industries.
We have a long-standing relationship with Special Effect, a UK charity which helps physically disabled people play video games and works with developers to create specialised game control devices and improving game accessibility.
Some of the additional charities we’ve supported in recent years include the National Videogame Museum, Action for Kids and ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ (UK). We also listen to our employees to ensure our donations are reaching the causes our people care about, making use of charity fundraising and awareness weeks to boost the donations.