Adding social value to our communities
Amey takes an intelligent approach to delivering services for our customers that sees us focus not only on what we deliver but also the positive impact we can make in a wider sense. We look to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the people and communities we serve. In this way, we create positive social outcomes – or social value. As a people business, we are strongly committed to social values that guide us in what we do, as these examples show.
National partnership, local benefits
A pioneering new partnership launched by Amey with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) will help over 165,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in the scheme across the UK.
We have extended our 12-year partnership with the DofE by introducing a new scheme to identify underserved communities across the UK and grow the scheme in these areas. This will help improve the life chances and employability of young people.
We also use the scheme to benefit our own young employees, with more than 220 apprentices currently taking part and 36 apprentices having completed the programme to date.
Giving young people a greater chance
Independent research commissioned by the DofE Charity shows that 84% of young people who complete the Award enhance their organisational skills and 62% feel that the DofE has helped them to make a positive difference to their local community.
Another study demonstrates a 75% reduction in offending behaviour from people who undertake the Award in prisons and Young Offender’s Institutions. Participation in the scheme further enhances Amey's work with the Ministry of Justice to support the Transforming Rehabilitation programme.
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive Officer of the DofE, said: “We are deeply appreciative of Amey’s unwavering support of the DofE and shared belief that every young person should have the opportunity to start their DofE journey irrespective of background or circumstance. The immense personal and social value that the DofE offers has a significantly positive effect on disadvantaged neighbourhoods. With Amey we can help more young people access the DofE and support their growth into active, participating young adults.”
Engaging with the communities we serve
All our employees are encouraged to take one paid day per year to work on a project in the local community, run by a not-for-profit organisation or charity which supports an environmental, educational or employment aim. This major commitment sees Amey dedicate up to 21,000 days to our communities every year.
Digging it in Islington
Amey volunteers spent a day improving the green space at the Elthorne Estate in Islington. The team supported environmental regeneration charity Groundwork by constructing raised planter beds for residents on the estate to grow their own food in.
The Elthorne improvement works followed a consultation with residents that found over 100 of them wanted to do some form of gardening on the estate.
Graham Parry, Director, Groundwork London said: "We are grateful to Amey for their generous support and would like to thank all the volunteers for their efforts. We are working in partnership with Islington Council to improve the green space on Elthorne Estate, and aim to encourage people to get outside and keep active by getting involved in community gardening, and growing and cooking their own vegetables and herbs."
Bringing wildlife back on stream
A team of enthusiastic Amey volunteers in the West Country worked with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts at Greystones Farm nature service to restore 150 metres of a former stream. A variety of wildlife, including rare water voles, along with people visiting the reserve now enjoys this revitalised environment.
Our award-winning enthusiasm
Amey was recognised by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire as the county's best employer for supporting staff to volunteer at its Voluntary & Community Sector Awards.
The award celebrates people and groups who have worked on exceptional or innovative schemes that help transform the lives of the people in the county. Amey supports a number of local initiatives in Wiltshire, creating opportunities for the 140 employees who live in the county to use their annual community involvement day.
Grant Hayward of Volunteer Centre Wiltshire, who nominated Amey for the award, said: “All of this work and commitment from Amey and their employees has taken place over just a few months. Amey are not simply ‘ticking a box’; they have been very focused on making as much impact as possible in ways that provide sustainable support. Amey stands out through this work in constantly seeking new and creative opportunities. They also enable us to hold them up as a glowing example to inspire other local businesses to engage in similar ways.”
Socially enterprising in Belfast
Schools in Belfast are generating much needed additional revenue by letting out their facilities as part of an innovative social enterprise economy initiative supported by Amey. We manage facilities at five schools in the city and engaged with the local community to maximise the use of the schools’ estate outside core academic hours. To date, more than £21,000 has been raised and reinvested in community-based learning and skills initiatives with more than 1,700 community groups benefiting from the facilities.
First to sign Birmingham’s social responsibility charter
Amey’s highways team in Birmingham was one of the first signatories to a new initiative to ensure businesses working on behalf of the city council are maximising social value opportunities.
The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility recognises organisations that have action plans in place detailing how they will deliver benefits through six principles: Local Employment, Buy Birmingham First, Partners in Communities, Good Employer, Green and Sustainable and Ethical Procurement.
Counsellor Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Contracting and Improvement at Birmingham City Council, said: “I am delighted that we are now at the stage where we can recognise the organisations that are setting a standard for ethical business practices for all other companies to aspire to, whether contractors or not.”