Putting something back
We take our responsibilities to the communities in which we operate seriously. Our community and education programmes aim to give something back to the communities we serve and to support our aspiration to be a trusted partner in the community. We know that our employees are proud to support these programmes and it is important in maintaining trust with all our stakeholders.
Our community involvement programme focuses on the three areas where we think we can make the biggest difference:-
- improving health in communities
- protecting the environment
- enhancing education and improving understanding of energy and climate change
In each of these areas, many of our projects are run in partnership with other organisations, charities and community groups. These long-term partnerships give us more scope to impact the community in a positive and sustainable way, while benefiting the business by enhancing our reputation.
In 2011 we contributed more than £6.1 million to the community through charitable donations, community investment (including employee volunteering) and commercial activities.
We also support our employees in the work they do in the local community and recognise and reward the effort they put in through our volunteer award scheme, payroll giving and match-funding scheme.
In 2011 we were pleased to be reaccredited with the CommunityMark from Business in the Community. This national standard aims to highlight and recognise companies that deliver sustainable, long-term community programmes.
The CommunityMark is the only recognition of its kind in the UK and is endorsed by both Government and leaders in the voluntary sector.