Our Corporate Social Responsibility
We understand that there’s a balance between attaining our strategic goals and managing the economic, social, and environmental impact of our activities.
We endeavour to monitor and manage our corporate social responsibilities as part of our objectives to ensure people, places and spaces are safe. We are dedicated to improving the communities in which we work and live, and to minimising our impact on the environment.
As part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility we seek to lead by example with safe practices and healthy working environments. This has been recognised with Gold and Fleet Safety Gold for Environmental Essentials in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.
We currently support charities including The Mavis Nye Foundation, Cardiac Risk in the Young and The Air Ambulances. In addition, a number of initiatives across regional offices regularly raise money for local charitable causes.
We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our business, and to trading in an ethical and sustainable manner.
Priorities we have identified are:
- Sustainability of the built and natural environment.
- Investment in local communities and educational partnership programmes.
- Employment growth, equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace (including staff wellbeing initiatives).
- Support for charitable and community based organisations.
The Mavis Nye Foundation
The Mavis Nye Foundation was created to inspire and give hope to victims of mesothelioma, an asbestos related terminal cancer. Mavis Nye met her husband Ray when she was 15 years of age and he was an apprentice in the Royal Naval Dockyard in Chatham. They would meet during lunch breaks, but Mavis was unwittingly exposed to the fine invisible dust of asbestos from Ray’s clothes. Over the years that followed they married, raised a family and lived a normal life together. It was 49 years later when Mavis was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Today Mavis campaigns for drug trials to find a cure for mesothelioma and raises money to support other mesothelioma families.
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)
Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die as a result of undiagnosed heart conditions. Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is a charity founded in 1995 to provide support and information on cardiac risk in young people. CRY operates cardiac screening programmes and funds medical research, as well as running the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology and the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology.
The Air Ambulances
On average, an emergency air ambulance takes off every 10 minutes in the UK, flying 365 days a year in daylight hours. Every hour of every day, seven air ambulances will attend people facing life-threatening illness or injury. They receive no government or National Lottery funding and rely on fundraising efforts to provide this service. We support the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, the Wales Air Ambulance Charity and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.