What is the team?
The public sector contractor Amey maintains the highways of Hampshire County Council. The CSR team for the Hampshire account comprises a customer service manager, an account communications officer and a communications officer. This team is supported by Amey's group communications team, which shares best practice across Amey's other accounts.
What does it do?
Amey has 260 full-time employees working in Hampshire, many of whom take up the opportunity offered by the company of a full paid day to work in the community. In 2014, three-quarters of employees participated in local projects. This has allowed the CSR team to develop several successful partnerships with local groups and charities, including Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospice, the Rainbow Centre, Solent EBP and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic Network.
In 2014 the CSR team built a partnership with HMP Winchester, assisting with the prison's rehabilitation programme and offering prisoners some day release with Amey to learn about the highways industry and develop new skills.
Why did it win?
The team has been successful in both fundraising and supporting the wider community. When one prisoner at HMP Winchester completed his three-month placement, the highways team employed him full-time after he was released. The CSR team raised more than £5,500 for the Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospice after arranging a charity bike ride challenge that included employees, Hampshire County Council staff and subcontractors.
What did the judges say?
Catherine Walker, research consultant, said: "Amey's CSR team seems to embody commitment and excellence in its wide-ranging engagement programmes."
- Royal Mail Group