Amey pledges to continue drive for positive impact in Social Value Report
ITS (UK) Executive Member, Amey, has today released its 2020 Social Value Report which reveals its progress in delivering against social value initiatives, along with its ambitions for the year ahead. Report highlights include Amey becoming a real living wage employer, purchasing 100% renewable energy and spending £4.7m with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
Whilst carrying out the critical services the country relies on every day, Amey has recognised the opportunity to have a positive impact on the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the communities in which it operates. By embedding social value practices across the business, Amey is delivering real change in local communities and helping Britain build back better.
Amanda Fisher, Amey Chief Executive, commented, “After launching our Social Value Plan early last year, COVID-19 has highlighted the important role we play at the heart of our communities. Our teams have kept essential services running and demonstrated their personal pride in public service on a daily basis. I’m delighted that our 2020 Social Value Report tells the story of our increased investment and commitment to our employees.
“Looking beyond Amey, we recognise that COVID-19 has hit the least privileged hardest. As a business our ambition is to contribute to the most vulnerable in our society. So we will be backing young people through the government’s Kickstart programme, as well as investing in apprentices to create our future industry leaders. We will continue to support small business and local enterprises through our supply chain – creating jobs and boosting new skills. And we will provide opportunities to the long-term unemployed, military veterans and prison leavers.
“This is my commitment for 2021 and beyond because the decisions we make today will have an impact on the years to come as the effects of the pandemic continue.”
Emily Davies, Head of Social Impact, commented, “Our aim is to leave communities in a better place than when we arrived, and as an organisation that delivers public services across the UK, it is our role and our commitment to work with and empower our employees, our suppliers, our customers, and our wider networks to genuinely be a force for positive change and long-term benefit to society.
“We can’t underestimate the growth in inequality that the pandemic has laid bare and the damaging impact it will have. Our focus in the coming year will continue to be based on partnership, working with local experts and organisation to reach out and provide development and employment opportunities across our communities.
“We also recognise that climate change is no longer the concern of the few and this year we achieved milestones that saw 100% procurement of renewable energy however we also recognise that 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.”
Amey’s 2020 Social Value Report provides updates against the roadmap for delivering positive social impact set out in Amey’s Social Value Plan. The plan sets out 12 priorities under four key pillars; investing in our people, supporting our suppliers, reducing our carbon footprint and transforming local communities.
To read the full 2020 Social Value report, please visit: https://www.amey.co.uk/social-value/social-value-report-2020/
To read Amey’s Social Value plan, please visit: https://www.amey.co.uk/social-value/
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