Oxygen Lives and Breathes Social Value

We understand how hard it can be for companies to make a meaningful difference in the community.

That’s why we have committed to publicly share our own impact, which we update each quarter.

Helina Lad
Process Improvement Consultant
and Social Value Lead
£ 1 bn
paid early to small businesses for free through FreePay
suppliers routinely receiving Early Payment
£ 0 million
Amount paid to Local and Micro Suppliers via FreePay in last 12 mths
0 hours
of volunteering time by our people last year
Oxygen in the Community - Christmas Present Wrapping

Social Value for our Colleagues

  • Healthcare & Benefits packages to support colleague wellbeing and personal finances.
  • Volunteering days are available to all our colleagues (up to 2 days per year).

Social Value for the Community

  • Time & funding to local authority initiatives to improve air quality and sequester carbon.
  • Charity fund matching for sponsored activities (up to £250 per colleague per year).
Alistdair Charity
Social Value for Stakeholders

Social Value for Stakeholders

  • Our FreePay product supports cashflow for small, local businesses via prompt payments.
  • Clients invited to Oxygen’s forums to facilitate best practice and greater savings.

Our staff have volunteered for 137 hours over the last year

Our staff have volunteered their time and energy over the last year, with around half of our people taking part. The participation from our employees has allowed Oxygen to make a bigger impact on both our local community, and the communities we serve across the UK.

Over the last year Oxygen’s employees have supported the following projects and charities: The Commonwealth Games, SIFA Fireside, Gateshead Warm Spaces, Our Derbyshire Awards, and St Luke’s Hospice.

Our Social Value Highlights: H1 2023

One of the key parts of our approach to Social Value is how we look after our colleagues, and how we contribute to our local communities as a team. The first half of 2023 has seen us undertake a host of activities that will be of benefit to local charities, to the environment and to our people:

Insights Carbon opened up to all councils for freeOxygen launched Insights Carbon as a completely free-of-charge service for local authorities, saving them £000’s and allowing councils to assess and direct their Scope 3 carbon reduction planning.
Tendalert launches to help increase supplier tender participationReleased Tendalert, a free tool for public sector suppliers that allows them to create and receive public sector tender alerts by email based on keywords and markets that they choose from +1,000 buying organisations.
National GO Awards FinalistsNamed a finalist in the ‘Social Value Award (Private Sector)’ category due to the transformative impact of FreePay accelerating well over £1 billion in payments to small and micro suppliers.
Encouraging local technical talentOxygen have partnered with Birmingham City University’s Big Data and AI Masters programmes on several data analysis and machine learning projects, providing several students access to Oxygen Insights data.
Achieve Silver Award for Payroll GivingOxygen Finance is honoured to receive the Payroll Giving Silver Award 2023 by enabling employees to make a difference together through Payroll Giving, generating sustainable income for UK charities.
Donation to SIFA FiresideOur team donated clothing, food, and essential items to SIFA Fireside, a Birmingham-based charity serving people in need whilst they rebuild their lives with safety and dignity.
Sponsoring the Our Derbyshire AwardsOxygen sponsored the Our Derbyshire Awards, which celebrates and formally recognises the achievements of those working for Derbyshire County Council across eight award categories.
Supporting the Gateshead Warm Spaces projectWorking with NEPO, Oxygen Finance donated both multi-chargers and USB plugs to their network of 100+ community warm spaces. This follows a donation to a warm spaces project by Newcastle United Foundation.
Our first cross-company Sustainability WorkshopWe held our first Sustainability Workshop open to all employees to share advice on reducing energy bills, re-purposing household items and reducing food and plastic waste.
Helping our people live their best livesWe’ve introduced several staff initiatives, from an Electric Car Scheme to help our team switch to electric, a Payroll Giving scheme, and a Cycle to Work Scheme to help more of our people get to work in a more sustainable way.