Corporate Social Responsibility


Essential recognises that its operations have an effect on the local, regional and global environment.  As a consequence of this, the Company is committed to continuous improvements in environmental performance and the prevention of pollution.

Employees are encouraged to take a sustainable approach to transport to and from work, with provision of showers for cyclists, frequent car-sharing and use of public transport. Where appropriate, we encourage staff to use train transport for visiting customer sites and use teleconferencing technology where possible to deliver services remotely.


Located in a 19th-century building in a conservation area, Essential is considered an active part of the small Victorian seaside town.

Wherever possible, we source supplies and services locally, our objective being to reducing the impact of transportation on the environment when goods are shipped, and also provide employment opportunities for locally based people.

Outside of office hours Essential offers its car park to local residents to ease road congestion.

Equal Opportunities:

The Company's objective is to maintain operational standards so that all its employees and employment applicants are treated equally irrespective of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, marital status or ethnic origin.


Essential supports a range of charities and has a long track-record of supporting the causes that make a difference to the local community, and those that support its customers, including Housing Associations and Hospices.

St Mungo's

St Mungo's has been helping homeless people since 1969. Find out how you can help homeless people and get involved.


Shelter believes everyone should have a home. More than 1 million people a year go to Shelter for advice and support. 

Bristol Soup Run Trust

The Bristol Soup Run Trust is a unique organisation in Britain that operates a soup run every night of the year for the homeless and others in need.