Colas and the Community
At Colas we are committed to managing our business in a responsible and ethical manner and work to make a positive impact on communities. We promote a culture of social responsibility throughout our organisation and build effective, open relationships with the communities in which we operate. Part of Colas' Community Involvement strategy is to promote social inclusion and develop a partnership approach with local communities.
We maintain a varied Community Involvement programme which includes activities supporting education, sport, humanitarian aid, culture and heritage, charitable donation and environmental and encourage our staff to play an active role whenever possible. This allows staff to have time away from their day-to-day jobs to work on Community projects. We have a process whereby our employees can submit ideas for Community Involvement projects that Colas get involved with, volunteering time to complete community projects rather than just offer monetary donations.
Colas’ charity year runs from June to May and usually our support lasts for 1 year. However, this year our 2015/2016 chosen company charity is The Alzheimer’s Society and after seeing the overwhelming enthusiasm for the charity from our workforce, we decided to extend our support for over 2 years.
The charity was selected by a Colas employee, who took part in a vote earlier in the year. The Alzheimer’s Society was a clear winner, bagging just short of 40% of votes. Following the vote, we invited a representative of the charity to our head office to discuss how, as a company we can really support and work with the charity. A representative of the charity also attended our annual Community Involvement Conference in August to introduce the charity and give and an information session on Dementia to our community involvement reps.
Twelve of our Community Involvement reps and members of the Community Involvement Make It Happen team are now official Dementia Friends. We now plan to have 4 of our Community Involvement reps trained as Dementia Champions so they can deliver the information session to our employees across the country. Our aim is to deliver the information sessions to a minimum of 25% of our staff by the end our first year. Additionally, in our first year, we aim to raise a minimum of £2000 from fundraising activities and dedicate a minimum of 50 volunteering hours for the charity.
Colas are members of Business in the Community, a national organisation whose aim is to work with members to tackle a range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and more sustainable future.
Our office in Portsmouth works with Education Business Partnership South to identify volunteering opportunities in the area. Many of our employees at Portsmouth have taken part in careers events at local schools and colleges, organised by EBP.
Our Rowfant office has frequently worked with Young Enterprise to identify local volunteering opportunities in the education sector. The charity connects schools to the business world, organising career events to raise aspiration and prepare young people for the work environment.
Our office in Leeds have partnered with Ahead Partnership, again to identify volunteering opportunities locally. Ahead Partnership are a social enterprise connecting business to the community for social and economic change