UKOS believes in good citizenship and that investing in the community is an integral part of our business and what we do. Social value is fully embedded and incorporated into our core business processes so that delivering added social value is not an unrelated add-on. Our approach incorporates not only our distinct community investment activities but also the way we operate, the way we treat our people and those of others and the things we choose to do – such as investing in our supply chain, investing in research and development and engaging with the local community.
Each year UKOS hold a Sustainability Forum to engage with our customers and suppliers. The aim of the forum is to collaborate in the reduction of both carbon and risk from our shared supply chains. The format encourages feedback, shared ideas and knowledge transfer. Delegates enjoy a relaxed but informative approach whilst obtaining valuable information relevant to their roles.
To ensure that businesses continue to grow in local and regional areas, UKOS intends to maintain and strengthen our existing local purchasing preferences. Our buy local preference is aimed at recognising the contribution of local businesses in building a stronger local economy and fostering competition by giving full, fair and reasonable opportunity to local enterprise.
The Amber Foundation helps young people, particularly those who are unemployed and/or homeless, by providing opportunities and facilities for training and experience of all kinds to enable them to decide upon, qualify for or obtain a job, career or position. In supporting Amber, we know every penny we raise will have a big impact on the lives of unemployed young people.
DRAGONS APPRENTICE CHALLENGE
The Dragons Apprentice Challenge is a community initiative linking students from local schools and colleges with local businesses and charities. Having completed its 8th year, the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge offers Year 12 students the opportunity to experience setting up and running a business, gaining organisational and job-related skills and learning about the work and beneficiaries of their designated charity.
As dragons, we mentor teams of young people to meet the challenge of “turning £100 into £1,000 or more” for their designated charity/community organisation.