Within HCS we use the term ‘Corporate Responsibility’ to cover the full range of social and environmental impacts of our business. As a company focussed on service excellence, we see corporate responsibility as being an active and supportive partnership working in close cooperation our clients, our suppliers, our local communities and others who we touch to combat social exclusion and deprivation.
It has never been more important for us to do all we can to support the communities we serve. The difficult economic environment means big challenges for many communities. We understand the importance of supporting the communities we work in and around, and we fully recognise the value of creating partnerships in the community through:
• Engaging with the local community/local authority to give us a clear understanding on how we can best be involved
• Employing local people and utilising local sub-contractors
• Sourcing and purchasing materials and goods from locally based suppliers
• Becoming involved with local business and professional forums
• Supporting local charities and events to help make a difference by carrying out community benefits including donations to selected organisations, supply of materials/goods and volunteers to carry tasks within the local communities
• Building relationships with local schools and educational establishments to raise awareness of our sector and promoting sustainable and rewarding careers in our industry
• Supporting locally based social enterprises through the purchasing of goods and materials
• We support the recruitment of local long term unemployed, and we actively explore methods of engaging with people who have been out of work for more than 6 months on a contract by contract basis. We believe that local communities benefit if there is a pool of skilled workers from within the area not only in terms of the work being undertaken, but also through the additional revenue being generated into the local economy with people having an additional disposable income as well as contributing back into society through council tax and other taxation
• HCS is committed to supporting young people within our business, and we have been providing Work Experience Placements for many years now. This gives us the experience, methods and culture in place to provide high quality effective on-site training for Work Experience candidates that gives them their first taste of the workplace and increase their chances of securing future employment
Our Community aspiration is simple – to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and operate. A selection of community and charity initiatives that we current sponsor include:
• Campsie Minerva AFC football club sponsoring a local based football team including the provision of new football strips
• Sponsoring the Dalmuir Bowling Club
• Sponsorship to Brechin City FC
• A number of local clubs are sponsored through our long term partnership working in Sellafield
• Local Fife Rugby Team
• Sponsoring local team Braehead AFC
• Mary Leishman Foundation
• McMillan Cancer Trust
• The UK Sepsis Trust
• Christmas Jumper Day is an annual office fundraising campaign on behalf of Save the Children. On a specific Friday in December, all staff are encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper and making a minimum donation of £1
• A number of local charity fundraising events in our Glasgow, Warrington and Sellafield offices
Raising Funds For Charity Through Our Annual Golf Day
Once again we held our annual golf day and this year it was held at the superb Murrayshall House Hotel & Golf Courses at Scone, Perth on Friday 2 September 2016.
The golf day not only allows us to meet up with our clients and friends, some longstanding and some new, but also gives us an opportunity to raise funds for St Andrews Hospice, Airdrie.
As always, it was a fantastic day with teams of three/four competing for the trophy by the way of the Texas Scramble format. The day included each golfer receiving a bag of ‘golfing goodies’ on arrival, coffee and a bacon roll, half way house refreshments, dinner and a charity raffle.
The charity raffle raised an outstanding sum of £725 and the HCS Group Directors very kindly matched the figure raised to a magnificent total of £1450.
A staff fundraising event was our brave Taylor Howarth, Business Administrator in the Warrington Office attempting the ‘race for life muddy run 5K’. A muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under, and charge through all in support of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Taylor not only managed to complete the course but raised a magnificent sum of £355 with help from her colleagues in the Warrington Office.