Our volunteering programme benefits Carillion, our clients, our people and the communities in which we work. It enhances morale and work performance, supports training and development and helps to build local relationships.

We encourage our people to volunteer with six days’ paid leave a year and gave the equivalent of 1% of our pre-tax profits to worthy causes through cash, time and in-kind donations in 2014. Our people support multiple charities across our international operations and donate their time to many causes, including food, health and nutrition campaigns, biodiversity projects, education, helping underprivileged people, and supporting the UK’s Armed Forces.

Total financial giving to community (cash, time, donations), £

Total financial giving to community chart

TOTAL 1,813,277 (2013: 1,820,047)

Group 290,593 (2013: 236,780)

UK 1,164,039 (2013: 1,383,031)

MENA 144,507 (2013: 82,660)

Canada 214,138 (2013: 117,577)

Partnering with Barnardo’s

Carillion selected Barnardo’s to be its first national ‘together’ charity partner. Formed in 1867, Barnardo’s has projects based in local communities across the country, and helped transform the lives of 200,000 vulnerable children, young people and their families across the UK in 2014.

This partnership aligns with our sustainability strategy, and in particular our commitment to building sustainable communities, and throughout the year we worked together through volunteering (including Give and Gain Day) and fundraising, providing opportunities for Carillion people to play a part in their local communities and join together with colleagues, customers, suppliers, friends and family to help young people across the UK to the tune of £95,000.

Significant fundraising work was carried out across many areas of Carillion’s UK operations, including a charity bike ride across Cuba, toy donations, raffles, a ‘Go Green for Barnardo’s’ day and a bake-off. The Carillion Running Club completed the BUPA Great North Run and the Winter Wolf Run in support of the charity. In December – for Giving Tuesday – three Carillion teams took on the Barnardo’s Store Wars challenge to raise money by taking over and running a Barnardo’s shop for the day. An engineering team volunteered at a nursery in Hackney, where Barnardo’s looks after approximately 100 children identified as being at risk.

But it was the two-day Coast to Coast (160 mile) cycle challenge, led by Richard Howson, that truly united colleagues, customers and partners. The team endured rain, punctures, steep hills and a tough course but managed to complete the challenge as planned and raised nearly £32,000. In total, as a result of the combined efforts of Carillion people, the first year of the ‘together’ partnership contributed nearly £95,000 to the charity – with ambitions to contribute further fundraising, more volunteering and ‘in kind’ resource support throughout the second year of the partnership in 2015.

Carillion has a long-established commitment to supporting charities and community organisations, and I was delighted last year to launch our partnership with Barnardo’s. It was a great team effort and despite a few punctures en route and some stiff legs from some of the big hill climbs, everyone made it successfully across the finish line.”

Richard Howson, Chief Executive, Carillion

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Employee Nomination Fund

Across the world, our people can nominate charities or community organisations to receive a donation from the Employee Nomination Fund. In two separate rounds of funding, a total of £80,000 was distributed by awarding £500 each to charities across the UK, Middle East and Canada.

Employees were invited to nominate causes they wished to support, and the final selection process was then managed by an Appeals Committee Working Group. 160 charities were chosen to benefit from the awards and employees gave uplifting feedback on behalf of the charities involved.

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Give and Gain Day

From Board members to apprentices, our support for Business in the Community’s Give and Gain day became an international focus for volunteering, with 530 Carillion staff offering over 2,700 hours and skills to local projects including schools, charities and other organisations.

Our Chief Executive Richard Howson joined 27 colleagues to carry out a ‘magical makeover’ at a Barnardo’s centre in Leyland, Lancashire, while our Chairman Philip Green became a job coach for the day, working with Ready for Work candidates in London. Colleagues in the Middle East embraced Give and Gain day by:

  • raising £2,000 for Operation Smile for children who are in desperate need of operations, through fundraising initiatives at Dubai, Head Office, Al Jalila Hospital project and the New York University project in Abu Dhabi;
  • painting and maintenance at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Multicultural Understanding;
  • donating blood at Ghala Clinic, Muscat; and
  • building a garden from our waste timber for the Eco Club at the Qatar International School, Msheireb.

Employee time donated to charity since 2012 in Carillion Canada

Hours volunteering 2,885 (2013: 2,570)

Equivalent value (CA$) $391,410 (2013: $188,124)

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Employee volunteering portal

In 2014, we launched a volunteering website as part of our long-term target to have 50% of our people taking up their six-day special leave entitlement by 2020. The site includes information on how staff can get involved, case studies and how to record volunteering.

We asked Richard Howson, Chief Executive, about his views on the benefits of volunteering and hosted our own roundtable with key stakeholders on employee volunteering.

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Volunteer of the Year

For the past few years, Rajesh Kapil has been supporting an orphanage in his native hometown of Deha, Himachal Pradesh in India, where many of our people working in the Middle East come from. With support from projects in the Middle East and a donation from the Carillion Charitable Fund, Rajesh has so far been able to raise around £4,000 for the orphanage. For his efforts, Rajesh has been awarded Volunteer of the Year at the CEO Awards.

Rajesh Kapil, Sustainability Volunteer of the Year

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“You have enriched our home”

Bouchier Group in Canada (part owned by Carillion) was awarded the Fort MacKay Business of the Year Award by the Fort MacKay First Nations Council. The accolade is for financial and in-kind support for various causes.

We have chosen you as a winner because you have committed to our community and excelled in your pursuit of enriching our home through dedication and hard work. We are all working together for a better tomorrow through unity and integrity. We thank you for being a contributor in the past year as a devoted philanthropist and role model for other businesses.”

Jim Boucher, Fort Mackay regional Chief

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$1 million raised for William Osler Foundation

Since the opening of the Brampton Civic Hospital in July 2007, Carillion Canada has been fundraising for the hospital’s William Osler Foundation Fund and has raised close to $1 million (£547,000) through different fundraising initiatives. This will contribute towards a Kidney Wellness Centre, a Centre for Complex Diabetes Care and a Mental Health and Addictions programme.

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1% pre-tax profits equivalent donated through employees’ time, cash and in-kind donations

I would like to thank all the Carillion employees who have raised £95,000 in their first year partnering with Barnardo’s. This is an incredible achievement. The partnership has gone from strength to strength and with Carillion looking to provide employment opportunities and apprenticeships for young people supported by Barnardo’s, they will continue to make a real difference. I look forward to seeing more exciting plans rolling out over the coming year.”

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s Chief Executive

6 days of paid volunteering leave annually for each employee

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