Our aspiration is to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and operate.
Community involvement, particularly volunteering, gives employees a sense of pride and enables us to give back to the communities where we live and operate. Volunteering on the increase
Volunteering not only addresses community needs, it also contributes to increased employee engagement and commitment towards the company. In 2013, we had a stronger focus on promoting and communicating volunteering and it was very positive to see a steep increase in our volunteering numbers during the year:
• 1,945 employees volunteered during work time in 2013, an increase of 68% compared to 2012.
• Just over 9,500 hours were volunteered in our local communities equating to £176,290 of employee time and exceeding volunteering time in 2012 by 27%. Charitable giving
As a very diverse business, ISS UK supports a wide range of charities. In addition to our corporate charity, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), we supported over 100 local charities in 2013, often in partnership with our customers and our communities.
Examples where we have worked with our customers on charitable community projects include our Landscaping business working with Gardening Leave, a charity providing horticultural therapy projects to ex-service personnel. We also support a number of military charities through our work with the Armed forces, these include national charities such as the Benevolent Fund, the Soldiers’ Fund and the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association (SSAFA), and those local to where we serve the military. Corporate community investment in 2013
We have seen a substantial increase in our corporate community investment in 2013 due to stronger employee engagement and a more robust and structured reporting model that ensures we measure the impacts of our financial investment, employee time and in-kind giving Long-term support for heart health
We have supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) since 2010 and set a five-year goal to raise £500,000 by the end of 2014. With £149,447 raised in 2013 alone, our total contributions to date exceed £390,000. This is enough to fund the cost of two research projects for three years, including salaries for research staff, funds for the equipment and laboratory materials needed for the projects.
In 2014, we will work to hit our goal of raising half a million pounds through a wide range of fundraising events. Find out more about our work to support the communities we work in here