What we're looking for
The RSPB has digitised all current and recent staff contracts, and is storing new contracts in digital form only. This is a significantly 'greener' and more secure way of managing this important information, and will also free up much-needed office space. Before we destroy the paper versions of the current and recent contracts, however, it is essential that we check that this will not jeopardise our ability to claim grant from any of the funding organisations with which we currently have agreements. Many of these organisations have very strict rules regarding the maintenance of records relating to the projects they fund, and it is possible (although we believe unlikely) that some of them will insist that staff contracts that were originally signed and stored in paper form must be retained in this form until any project audits are completed. The only way to carry out this check is to read the relevant agreements very thoroughly, and then contact the funders directly if any uncertainty remains (which is likely to be the case in many and perhaps most instances). This will clearly not be a very 'exciting' task, but will be highly valuable, as the amount of funding that is potentially at stake is very large and the loss of any of this funding would have a direct impact on the RSPB's ability to achieve its conservation aims.