Charitable giving and volunteering
In addition to the investments we make in our communities directly through our operations, we also support our neighbourhoods by giving time, cash, and in-kind donations to good causes.
Each business unit has a community fund. In line with our Values, we strongly encourage our people to volunteer in the community, and we have a well-established policy and programme to facilitate this.
For example, Carillion Construction seconds employees to the Business in the Community (BITC) Business Connector programme in Tameside, Manchester. This encourages engagement of local businesses in community activity and supports the Tameside Strategic Partnership Economic Strategy for Tameside 2026.
In the UK, we run a payroll giving scheme, with around 1% of those on our payroll participating. UK employees can also register on a national database to give their time to schools through Inspiring the Future, an organisation that aims to further the career aspirations of young people.
In 2012, we gave 1% of our pre-tax profits to charitable and community causes through a combination of employees’ time, cash, and in-kind donations.
Better accommodation for HOPE Qatar Centre
The Hope Qatar Centre in Doha, Qatar, helps children with special needs. The centre relies on charitable donations, and in 2012 they were looking for help to move to new six-bedroom accommodation to enhance the level of care they provide.
Carillion provided transport and manpower to transfer the Centre’s furniture to the new building; the team built a wheelchair access ramp for the main entrance and painted and cleaned the interior; they also carried out electricity safety checks and replaced the light bulbs with energy-efficient lamps.
Carillion was presented with the Shukran Award by the Hope Qatar Centre in appreciation of and gratitude for their efforts.
To ensure that our giving aligns with our community goals, we try to work with our community partners where we can. For example, in the UK our people have been closely involved in Business Action on Homelessness (BAOH). In 2012, 126 volunteers supported the initiative, running Get Ready! events and client support workshops.
Each UK business unit has a BAOH Champion, and in 2012, 30 job coaches were matched with 40 Ready for Work clients.
Time to Shine for the Paralympics
Time to Shine is a UK initiative funded by the contractors on the Olympic Park. It is run under the banner of WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, and is designed to give disabled children a taste for sports. In the lead-up to the London 2012 Paralympics, Carillion employees and those from other companies volunteered at the fifth residential Time to Shine event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, welcoming 110 disabled children aged between 11 and 18 from eight London boroughs. The children took part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, inclusive cycling, rugby, archery, and more.
Time to Shine continues to run as a legacy of the Olympics, and the catchment area will be gradually extended in the future.
Donating food and time
Carillion Canada held an event with the North York Food Bank in Toronto to help them sort and organise deliveries and donations. In the past, Carillion has donated food to the Food Bank, but in 2012 a group of employees came together to donate their time as well.
Twenty volunteers from Carillion took part in a two-hour session, sorting through and processing 900kg of food into different categories, ready to be delivered and used by families in need.
The Carillion Charities Fund
The Carillion Charities Fund distributes money to charities nominated by Carillion employees worldwide. In 2012, the Fund received over 450 nominations, and the funding pot was doubled to £50,000, with 100 charities being selected to benefit from Carillion’s Employee Charities Appeal.
Donate a Dirham campaign
The New York University project team in Abu Dhabi ran a Donate a Dirham campaign in conjunction with Operation Smile to sponsor cleft lip children’s operations in India.
The aim of this campaign was to encourage everyone working on the project to donate at least one dirham. A number of other activities were organised to raise funds for Operation Smile. The week of engagement pulled in employees, subcontractors, and the wider community.
At the end of the week the team raised AED5,280 (£912), which was enough to put smiles on six children’s faces.
donated to charities nominated by Carillion people
“I absolutely loved working as a Business Connector and the growth in my personal development has been overwhelming.”Joanne Reeves, secondee to Business Connector programme
“Thank you to Carillion for the very kind and generous donation made to us. As a very small village it is the same community that we call on for each event, so it is incredibly exciting to receive a wonderful donation to help us on our way.”Moe Whitehall, Secretary for Seagry and Startley Recreation Ground Trust
Around the Bay Race
Ontario Roads, Canada, sponsored the annual Around the Bay Race in 2012. The $3,340 funding provides safety services and ramp closures for the running race in Hamilton, Ontario.
The 2012 race saw over 11,000 competitors and raised over $250,000 for St. Joseph’s Healthcare.
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