The Eric Wright Charitable Trust is celebrating its win for commitment to Social Value at the recent CECA NW Awards 2017. Our submission for this award demonstrated strong evidence in what we have and continue to deliver within the local communities in which we operate.
One of the two principle aims of our company is the delivery of social value. The Eric Wright Group sets itself apart from its counterparts by being owned 100% by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust. This ensures all profits generated are either reinvested into the Group or used by the Trust for charitable purposes. The result is a business providing local employment, a proactive CSR policy working within communities and a Charitable Trust driving a wider charitable agenda.
Established in 1999, the Trust own and operate Water Park Outdoor Adventure Centre, Coniston to enable young people from across the country to participate in outdoor adventure, building confidence, teamwork and life skills, regardless of financial circumstances as the Trust subsidises those unable to afford the residential trip. (£298k – 2016).
The Trust in partnership with Preston’s College, also run The Eric Wright Learning Foundation. Established in 2005, the Foundation helps young people in a real work environment achieve construction vocational qualifications. Currently 320 students are enrolled (2016/17).
We contribute to communities through job creation, training, apprenticeships, mentoring, use of local labour and suppliers. We have strategic partnerships with local apprenticeship training agencies; Manchester based NW Apprenticeships, Calico in Cumbria and Skills Solutions covering Manchester and Lancashire. We also provide opportunities for NEETs, ex-offenders and people with learning disabilities, linking with established local initiatives to support training and employment opportunities.
We work with Recycling Lives, a Preston based not-for-profit organisation that helps vulnerable people work their way to independent living by offering jobs, training and work experience. This charity is supported by its commercial recycling business. As our preferred contractor we sustain their charity. They recycle/divert from landfill 100% of waste received by them from EWG. They operate food distribution centres providing fresh produce and products to groups who work with disadvantaged families across Lancashire. The EWG’s spend on waste management with Recycling Lives has provided 11,348 meals (2016).
EWCE operate a “Management Dashboard” recording performance against KPIs including delivery of CSR. EWG collects information on charitable activities and social investments in communities. For example in Blackburn our projects provided more than 900 opportunities including apprenticeships, employment opportunities and work experience placements, with more than 80% of our workforce sourced locally.
The impact of our CSR focused on the benefits generated from its operations, and involvement with charities ensures that community engagement is maximised to achieve the greatest impact. It is our practice that corporate strategy is linked with social progress, Group and community success, are mutually reinforcing – creating a virtuous circle of reinvestment.