Working with local communities is an essential part of our work. Our business principles are based on delivering local services with local people. This approach makes us directly accountable to the communities in which we work – our teams are local people, concerned about local issues and community.
Increasingly, our clients need to provide more for less. Our teams support this by creating opportunity and solutions including creating local employment and developing skills, investing in local businesses and suppliers and investing in our network of offices, and creating safe places where people live, work and learn.
Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) Champions have been in place since 2012 and provide a link between our businesses and the community. Initiatives often involve residents, client staff and partners working closely with our employees, building genuine, long term partnerships supporting community projects.
Supporting a healthy workforce
The links between lack of physical activity and obesity, high blood pressure and heart problems have been well documented. Further, the benefits of increased physical activity and the related improvements to mental health and wellbeing, is also well understood. Five years ago, we decided to tackle this challenge head on, and support our workforce to make a change towards more healthy lifestyles.
Our health and wellbeing campaign has included an annual calendar with monthly tips and advice on a variety of topics from allergy awareness to the benefits of a vegetarian diet and reducing alcohol intake. We supplement this with practical Toolbox Talks and posters to ensure that our whole workforce is included and engaged in this wellbeing effort. In addition, the start-up screen on all company PC and laptops change each month to reflect the theme we are promoting.
However, where we have made the greatest ‘strides’ is in our promotion of a walk to health campaign – called Steps to Health.
The Steps to Health campaign, as its name suggests, is an annual walking challenge. Run every May, teams are created from across our businesses, not only in the UK, but across Canada and America.
The teams of four have been really creative when it comes to names, with anything ranging from Agony of De Feet to Red Hot Chilli Steppers! Each individual in each team records their steps using a variety of means – from pedometers to smart watches and phone apps.
Team performance is measured in a number of ways. The weekly and overall step-count results speak for themselves. A league table is produced each week to show where each team is ranked. This encourages healthy competition and provides motivation for individuals to do more to make lifestyle changes whilst also improving their team’s overall standing.
The campaign and competition is all about individual and team motivation to consciously do more exercise and hopefully start to make a step-change to their lifestyle. Whilst there is always some scepticism regarding some ‘impressive’ performance statistics, the campaign is very much designed to enable individuals to make better and healthier choices, improving wellbeing and mindfulness as a result.
So, has it been a success? The winning team in the UK last year walked a total of 2,925,088 steps during the five weeks in May– that’s the equivalent of walking from London to Oslo, and back again!
There has also been a huge amount of anecdotal feedback about this being the trigger individuals needed to fit more physical exercise into their daily routines. There have also been individual stories of dramatic lifestyle changes, with some resulting in considerable weight loss and health improvements. One colleague from Canada walked over 20,000 steps every day!
This May sees the return of our campaign, with 180 teams – that’s 720 individuals signed up and ready to lace up their trainers. I hope the sun shines on them all, and we all continue to benefit from this fun, active campaign. I for one, am hoping to better my record of last year.
We expect our supply chain to use responsibly sourced materials, products and equipment, and to work with us to improve our performance year on year and to collect the carbon data necessary to monitor this.
Eurovia UK supports the United Nations Global Compact and Modern Slavery Act and we expect our supply chain to accepted these principles respecting human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
Our approach to sustainable supply chain management and ethical trading is clear:
We support our supply chains' efforts to achieve excellence by collaborative working shared training and improvement workshops. We encourage constructive feedback through our 360 degree review process Q21.
Where a step change in quality or other aspects of performance is required, our Category Managers develop a structured performance improvement plan – linked to Prince2 project management methodology and objectives – and we work with supply chain members to achieve them.
Our people and our partners also support local communities through volunteering and fund-raising activities as well as donations from the company. We deal with the public every day.
Our people and our supply chain are ambassadors of our clients and Eurovia UK as we present a single identity to the public. So we must always act in a professional and courteous manner.
We keep local communities informed of our works, manage them so as to minimise disruption, and we are responsible neighbours.