Message from Emily Davies, Head of Social Impact
2020 will go down as landmark year for Amey. It has emphasised our relationship with the communities we serve and the impact our presence and services have in helping the UK to flow. We’ve seen our teams step up to the challenge, taking pride in public service and wanting to give back and give more to support those in need..
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have maintained our service delivery and continued to support our clients where key work continues across the UK. From setting up testing sites, to maintaining our waste collections, keeping our Armed Forces bases operational, to teams volunteering to sew and print masks or deliver and donate food packages and PPE. Beyond the immediate support, our work with SMEs, social enterprises and inclusive recruitment set the basis for longer-term impact and benefit as we recover.
We now have the opportunity to use this momentum to support those that face disadvantage, we can’t underestimate the growth in inequality that the pandemic has laid bare and the damaging impact it will have to people and families. Our focus in the coming year will continue to be based on partnership, working with local experts and organisations to reach out and provide development and employment opportunities across our communities.
At the same time, climate change is no longer the concern of the few but the recognised challenge of our generation. This year we achieved milestones that saw 100% procurement of renewable energy and the removal of fully combustion engines from our company car options list. However, beyond our own emissions, our real commitment for change is through ensuring net zero principles sit within the design and maintenance of the assets we manage – from schools, to prisons, to roads and rail.
I look forward to 2021 – our year of empowerment – which looks to engage every employee and every supplier to consider what their role is in delivering social value.