As part of EMCOR Group Inc.’s “Touching Lives” programme, we proactively engage at local and national levels with the communities in which we work and live, ensuring that we have a positive impact on those we meet along the way.
1. Community investment strategy
Responsible businesses invest in their communities, so we are passionate about supporting our core values of integrity, responsiveness and caring by working with our customers, suppliers, employees, and community partners to engage at local and national levels.
Breast cancer touches almost everyone, which is why the cause was a choice for us as a business. We are equally passionate about the health and wellbeing of our employees, and this is often at the core of the fundraising activities the company undertakes in support of the cause.
Since EMCOR UK selected Breast Cancer Care as our partner charity in 2010, we have raised over £150k through fundraising and sponsorship activities.
We also participate in EMCOR’s Taking KidSafetyTM to the Street initiative which operates across the UK and USA, and helps raise the profile of missing children and promote child safety. In the UK we run the campaign with the police’s Missing Persons Bureau and the charity, Parents and Abducted Children Together. We display details of missing children on our vans, as well as our website, to urge members of the public to call the police with information. Since its inception in 2006, EMCOR UK has helped with the recovery of 42 children in the UK.
- Continue to support and evolve our community strategy.
- Continue to work toward our yearly target for Breast Cancer Care.
- Identify charitable organisations for sponsorship and support through geographical and sociological analysis of the locations in which we operate.
- Target key accounts to support initiatives within their local communities.
2. Develop future talent
We understand that attracting future talent benefits not only our own business, but also the wider industry and people in the communities we touch.
Our second cohort of graduates from our two-year facilities management graduate trainee programme grafduated in 2014. Since the inception of the programme in 2012, eight graduates have completed the programme and we have successfully deployed six of the graduates directly into our business.
We continue to recruit apprentices into our business and support them through college-based learning, as well as by providing vocational practical experience.
- Support industry promotion by engaging with students, high schools, colleges, and higher learning establishments.
- Identify establishments within the communities in which we operate where our employees can offer an insight into the facilities management industry. Follow up with opportunities for students to undertake a short placement with us.
- Publish our vacant opportunities at schools and colleges, and offer workshops to assist with job applications and interview skills.
3. Supporting employees as members of the community
As a business, we can play an active role in helping communities prosper. There is great mutual benefit in employees investing their time and talents in the local communities in which they work and live and helping to address key industry issues.
Every year we allocate £10,000 for donations to charities personally supported by our employees. We’ve supported charities and causes such as: Wickhambrook Community First Responders, Phab Kids, Sports Relief, The Rifles Care for Casualties, Act for Wildlife MacMillan, Matts Funding (Kids ‘n’ Cancer), Prospect Hospice, Wickhambrook School Parent Teacher Association, Alzheimer’s Society, Born Survivor, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research.
Also, as part of our continuing commitment to making a positive contribution to more local communities, we encourage employees to take part in charitable work, community-based activities, or voluntary work through a time-off policy. This allows us to support a larger number of causes, which reflect the diversity and interests of all of our employees. In 2014, EMCOR UK employees supported St John’s Ambulance, The Rifles Care for Casualties, Act for Wildlife, Kilwinning Community Sports Club and Blue Cross Homing Centre.
- Continue schemes for employees to donate time and request company sponsorship for fundraising activities.
- Publish community and charitable activities undertaken by employees three times per year in our employee newsletter, including targeted community plans for key accounts.
- Capture employee and corporate community-based and charitable activities, including money raised and time donated.