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CSR Policy

Our responsible business strategy works on the principle of the triple bottom line - "People, planet and profit"

  • As part of all of our schemes, we are committed to exploring a range of measures to improve skills and training opportunities for the local workforce. To us, a critical part of this process involves promoting the value and opportunities that a career in logistics offers, and inspiring the workforce of the future.

    We seek to foster positive working relationships between our developments and the pipeline of young talent being nurtured by local schools and colleges who share our ambitions. Currently we have an agreed Vision Statement with Bicester Technology Studio and North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, and are always seeking new opportunities for collaborative working.

    Flexibility is key, and specific commitments can be tailored to the needs of all parties. Typically, our shared visions involve:

    • Providing a Community and Business Liaison officer to act as the contact between our developments, partner education providers, and the local community
    • facilitating various visits to site during the construction stage process
    • integration with the wider contractor team to give greater exposure to a range of career opportunities and providing educational inputs and assistance from the ‘real world’ to the curriculum
    • fostering co-operative relationships with occupiers of our schemes
  • Partnership with Bicester Technology Studio

    We have agreed an educational and work experience partnership with Bicester Technology Studio, which specialises in providing students aged 14-18 with opportunities for vocational training in engineering and business, with a focus on the logistics sector, alongside mainstream academic study.

    Collaborative initiatives include giving students tours of the symmetry park site at various stages of construction and providing them with specialist presentations to aid their studies. After completion, Tritax Symmetry will encourage its suppliers and occupiers of the site to partner with the school and provide apprenticeship opportunities.

    Speaking about the partnership, Richard Taylor, Principal of the Bicester Technology Studio, said:

    “A close working relationship with Tritax Symmetry is hugely beneficial to the school and with our vocational focus, we are always keen to forge new links with local employers. Opportunities for work experience and apprenticeships are immensely valuable to our students, providing the hands-on experience they need to get straight into work when they leave us.”

    “By signing a Joint Vision statement with Tritax Symmetry, we are committing to ensuring that the Bicester Technology Studio will be at the forefront of using the Symmetry Park development as a platform for training the workforce of the future and equipping our young people with the range of skills they require to succeed in a career in logistics.”


    Partnership with North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College

    The synergies between logistics developments and education providers are clear, but are not being utilised to their full potential.

    We are proud to have partnered with North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) to foster positive working relationships across our Midlands schemes and the pipeline of young talent that they are developing.

    North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College supports around 12,000 students in full and part time study, apprenticeships, higher education, professional courses and distance learning, delivering courses and training on a nationwide basis.

    Speaking about the Partnership Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, said: “The logistics sector has risen to many significant challenges during 2020 and there is no doubt that the sector’s performance underpins the success of the UK economy. Our partnership with Tritax Symmetry will help to ensure that businesses can benefit from individuals with the knowledge, skills and behaviours that drive efficiency, productivity and growth.”

  • GOSH and Sam's Rehabilitation Fund

    We are very pleased to have chosen to support Sam’s Rehabilitation Fund and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as our ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2021.

    On 18th April 2017, Marcus Phayer’s (Associate Development Director at TSL) nephew, Sam, underwent life-saving and life changing brain surgery. Sam had the right side of his brain disconnected and partially removed (Hemispherotomy) at Great Ormond Street Hospital due to uncontrolled seizures resulting from a very rare brain condition called Sturge Weber Syndrome.

    Now aged 4, Sam will have ongoing needs for therapy, equipment, home adaptations, and even future surgery as he continues to grow and develop.

    Sam’s Rehabilitation Fund has been created to raise money towards the cost of Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery and his long-term rehabilitation costs. It is a ground-breaking operation that is only done in the US at St Louis Children’s Hospital.

    With 619 children and young people from across the UK arriving through the doors of GOSH, every day brings new challenges. Doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses, and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs.

    This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential. Funds raised go towards creating world-class care facilities, supporting both children and families through providing accommodation and easing the burden of travel expenses, contributing towards the cost of breakthrough research into rare and complex conditions, and funding vital life-saving equipment to ultimately deliver the best care to children.

    Over the course of 2021 the TSL team will be pushing themselves to undertake challenges and hold fundraising events to help this truly incredible hospital based in the heart of London, and to raise our target of £15,000 for this courageous and brave little boy.

    We are privileged as a company to join Sam’s journey and contribute what we can to the betterment of his future.

    Thank you for your support. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our JustGiving page.

    SUDEP Action

    In 2020 we announced SUDEP Action as our first ‘Charity of Year’.

    Tragically 21 people with epilepsy die each week in the UK and roughly 600 people with epilepsy will die suddenly with no obvious cause. This is called SUDDEN UNEXPECTED DEATH IN EPILEPSY, or SUDEP.

    SUDEP Action is dedicated to raising awareness of epilepsy risks and tackling epilepsy deaths including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. They are the only UK charity specialised in supporting and involving people bereaved by epilepsy.

    SUDEP Action provides families with crucial services including bereavement support, counselling and help with understanding the inquest process. In collaboration with UK research teams, this contact with the families also enables SUDEP Action to update the Epilepsy Deaths Register and support professionals in furthering their research into the condition.

    Over the course of 2020 we held various virtual events and challenges to help raise money for SUDEP Action and are delighted to announce that our total fundraising in 2020 was £18,039, exceeding our initial target of £15,000.

    Thank you for your support. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our JustGiving page.

    Ride High

    We undertake a varied programme of events across the year to raise money for local charities and assist in projects that they are undertaking. A selection of recent activities is provided below:

    Supporting Ride High

    Our Northampton team has been helping at the local horse riding centre charity, Ride High in Milton Keynes, which supports disadvantaged children.

    The team carried our tasks including with cleaning, rubbing down walls and giving them a fresh lick of paint.

    Ride High is a registered charity, that was set up nine years ago by Rachel Medill MBE which helps transform underprivileged children’s lives through interaction with the ponies – improving self-confidence, attitude and life prospects.

    Open to the public for riding lessons, liveries and parties, the equestrian centre’s profits all go towards supporting the 80 local children that visit every week.

    Steve Burne Rooms

    In the summer, we supported a golf day which was set up to raise funds for Steve Burne Rooms. The charity was set up by architect and friend Steve Burne to raise £250,000 to create five new rooms at the Ronald McDonald House, which will be used by the families of poorly children.

    The Manchester team completed a gruelling 10k tough runner at Arley Hall to help raise more funds for the charity. Thanks to the amazing amount of money raised, the rooms have already been built and are in use – a fantastic achievement to everyone involved.

  • Community Benefit Fund

    We want our developments to have a positive influence on those communities in which we work, over and above the substantial jobs, training and socio-economic growth opportunities that they deliver.

    As part of our Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy, we have decided to create a Community Benefit Fund (CBF) which can be used by the local community for locally chosen initiatives.

    Upon first occupation of each building on newly consented sites from 1st June 2018, a payment of 10p per sq ft of development will be made into the Fund. On a typical development of 1,500,000 sq ft this would result in a total fund of £150,000. This is over and above any mitigation measures that we must include with our developments to satisfy the requirements of the planning process.

    For each fund, local stakeholders such as the local MP, Local Authorities and Parish Councils will be invited to join a Community Fund Panel who would invite bids and shortlist entrants from which the local community would be asked to choose projects to be allocated funding.

    At the very heart of localism is empowering communities to make decisions which benefit their local area which is why we believe that it is essential that local people make the decision about how the money is spent.

    Tritax Symmetry will also, if required and at its cost, deal with the legal, banking and constitutional arrangements to initially establish the Community Fund Panel and to secure the payments into the Community Benefit Fund.

    The Community Benefit Fund in no way affects or is intended to affect the proper exercise at any time by the Council or the Secretary of State of any of their statutory powers functions or discretions in relation to the Site or otherwise. The Community Benefit Fund is not a planning consideration, but part of our CSR policy aimed at directly giving something back to the communities in which we work.