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Reward for upskilling the Scots

23 May 2012

Amey has won a national award for Corporate Social Responsibility after delivering a wide range of community benefits on its projects in Scotland. This includes saving the Government over £2m in benefits and income support through employing 27 long-term unemployed individuals.

Amey won the Scottish Business in the Community Large Company of the Year Award in recognition of its work creating apprenticeships, providing training and education opportunities, fundraising for local charities and reducing energy consumption.

The company employs 2,000 people across Scotland who deliver a wide range of services for local authorities, central Government, the private sector and clients in road, rail and aviation.

Several of the CSR initiatives were implemented on Amey’s 10-year contract to deliver highways services to North Lanarkshire Council. As part of the agreement, Amey is required to achieve social benefits as well as core highways services. Through this contract alone, Amey has upskilled more than 500 people.

Amey also reduced energy consumption across 76 schools where it provides cleaning services, through appointing a dedicated energy and carbon manager.

HRH Prince Charles presented the award, which is widely recognised as one of the most prominent in rewarding innovation and responsible business across the UK.

Margaret Mayer, account director, Amey said: “We are proud to be awarded Large Company of the Year for the second year in a row; recognising our continued hard work and commitment to fostering long term relationships and helping the communities we serve”.

She added: “Amey has always had a strong focus on corporate social responsibility however we strive hard to improve year on year to deliver enhanced training and employment opportunities to help support the local economy and create a better place to live, visit and work”.

Jane Wood, chief executive, Scottish Business in the Community welcomed a high standard of applications. She said: “Applications to this year’s Awards for Excellence in Scotland and SBC Company of the Year Awards truly demonstrate the quality of commitment to sustainable business. The high standard of best practice in place is a testimony to the work of Scotland’s business sector”.

“However, there is still more to do and looking forward extra support is required to ensure small and medium organisations – who make up over 99% of Scottish business – have the resource available to respond to changes business practice and incorporate sustainable and responsible business models.”

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