According to Volunteering England, the accreditation recognises Yorkshire Water’s commitment to best practice in “supporting and motivating volunteers and their managers, while complementing and enhancing its business values and objectives”.
In the past year, 885 Yorkshire Water employees (38 per cent of the workforce) took part in the company’s in-house volunteering programme. Projects that employees have been involved in include the One Million Green Fingers campaign, which aims to create 350 school gardens over the next three years.
Sonet Geyer, operations and marketing manager for Investing in Volunteers for Employers, said: “I am thrilled that Yorkshire Water has strengthened its public commitment to volunteering by being the first organisation to achieve accreditation through the programme. In undertaking the rigorous accreditation process, the company has ensured that its employees are motivated and supported, its managers are achieving best practice and the community will reap the rewards of the volunteers’ hard work.”
Anne Reed, community affairs manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “Our aim is to be a national role model for volunteering by 2010 and we hope that, by showcasing the volunteering work we do, we will encourage other organisations to follow suit.”