Petition to SOAS University, SOAS Student's Union
Keep Kape and Pan!
Kape and Pan is an independent and family owned small business that has been a great addition to the SOAS community. Bringing craftsmanship, responsible sourcing and high quality coffee to the Senate House they offer a wide range of drinks and are a great alternative to high street brands. Not only does it taste great but their sourcing means some of the neediest regions benefit as well as students gaining extensive training that will help them in later life.Whilst the action against outsourcing makes sense in political and economics terms when the students are getting a bad deal and a multinational is profiting at our expense (like it was under Bouygues) it makes little sense to remove something which benefits SOAS students and people around the world.Instead of shutting Kape and Pan down SOAS should be promoting it like it deserves to be. We the undersigned call upon :- SOAS Estates reconsider their decision regarding Kape and Pan with a view to assuring their place at the heart of the SOAS community is kept. - SOAS SU to support this small business given the popularity it has amongst the student body
Petition to CEOs of the FTSE350 Companies
Big business must do more to build an equal society
Business has the power to change the world for the better, but persistent stories of low pay, discrimination and a lack of respect for the environment often make it seem like part of the problem, not the solution. As the workforce of the future students and young people can push your future employers to do better, to create a fairer, more sustainable world by making better purchasing decisions. We call on the FSTE 350 to take their responsibility to people and planet more seriously and to work with, learn from and support the growing social enterprise movement, simply by changing who they buy from. Social enterprises, which are set up to trade for a social purpose, offer a better way of doing business. From homelessness and substance abuse to mental health and social care - social enterprises are working on the front-line creating opportunities and reducing inequalities. They are showing traditional businesses how social impact and profit can go hand in hand. Join the social enterprise revolution and ensure business plays its part to ensure our generation has a better future. Sign this petition, which will be delivered to the CEOs of the FTSE 350 - the largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange comprising of both the FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250. With your support we can show them that their future employees and customers care about the impact they are having. That they want them to step up and use their influence and purchasing power to build a fairer world. Dear CEOs of the FTSE 350 Students are the workforce of the future and business has the power to change the world. We believe in equality. Every business should ensure that people are able to rise to the top regardless of their gender, race, religion or background. We believe in environmental responsibility. Every business should make a positive contribution to ensuring that the next generation does not inherit an ecological disaster. We believe in community. Every business should respect the places that they work in and give something back. We are losing trust in business. Stories of low-pay, discrimination and a lack of respect for the environment are all too common. Businesses appear to be making our situation worse, not better. Soon we will be entering the workplace. We want to work for companies that care about more than just the bottom line, that have a social mission beyond short-term profits. We want to work in and with social enterprises. We want more businesses to become social enterprises. These are firms which are set up to make a positive social and environmental impact. They reinvest their profits back into their business to further their mission or into projects which deliver their mission. This is a smarter way of doing business. Social enterprises are more diverse than private firms. 41% are led by women and 12% by people from an ethnic minority background – double the level in the rest of the private sector. Social enterprises are also more innovative than private firms. This is no coincidence. Diversity is good for society and good for business. There can be no more excuses for businesses failing to deliver. The FTSE 100 currently spends around £10m on Corporate Social Responsibility every year. Wouldn’t it be better if they used the hundreds of billions that they spent doing business every year to make a positive difference. They can do that through spending their money with social enterprises and becoming more socially responsible themselves. As business you have the power to build a fairer world. We call on you to support social enterprises so that our generation has a better future. Yours sincerely, Your future workforce. www.socialsaturday.org.uk
Petition to Southwark Council Cabinet
Southwark Council to change its current approach and develop a long-term tennis strategy
Tennis in our area is important because it encourages fitness; a sense of community and is beneficial for a wide range of age groups. Southwark Council has invested heavily in resurfacing public park courts in recent years and we would very much like to thank them for this. The Council has a legitimate need to reduce its operating expenditure on tennis but it simply makes no sense to contract out public tennis in the way proposed. The current tender process lacks a strategic context and does not provide a mechanism for tennis to achieve its full social impact which would require: 1. delivering the Burgess Park Masterplan of October 2015 with additional courts and a redesign of the pavilion building; 2. providing consistent year-round access for teaching children living near park courts the game at an affordable cost to improve their health and wellbeing; 3. providing a pathway for children to develop as players and as the next generation of coaches and volunteers thus generating a sustainable community of players; 4. incorporating insights such as the Southwark Women Can report to make parks more welcoming for women to exercise in - this is important given the lower uptake of exercise by women and the benefits to their health and outlook; 5. making the game welcoming for new adult players and encouraging a sense of community; 6. presenting an inspiring vision to the Lawn Tennis Association and outside funding bodies to rectify years of external underinvestment in tennis in the borough. 7. to inspire and encourage volunteering and community involvement in tennis. Given there is only one dedicated public tennis venue in the borough this has to be the hub for any meaningful long-term commitment to develop the game and the social benefits that follow. A long-term strategy is needed before any contracting takes place. We are hoping to present to the Cabinet meeting on 9 May with a petition of 500 signatures.